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High tempo attacking and defending

by Bobby Davison in Team Management

This session incorporates the key elements of both attacking and defending at pace. From the time spent coaching Ferencvaros in Hungary through to my involvement in the England Under-19 set-up, developing an individual’s skills through passing, creating space, supporting, closing down, tracking and counter-attacking has always gone on to be of huge benefit to the... MORE

Creating space in midfield

by Paul Peschisolido in Midfield

This session is about creating space in midfield in order to receive or support others in breaks. This scenario often occurs as a first build-up stage in a game when full-backs or centre-backs have possession and want to use it smartly. MORE

Long-range shooting

by Gary Johnson in Attacking

Goalscoring, more than anything else, builds confidence in players. And with a game-realistic session such as this, players are building good habits into their match day practice. MORE

Quick finishing

by Brian McClair in Attacking

Use this fast and frantic work out to encourage quick finishing in the context of a small-sided game. It is vital that your players understand and differentiate between shooting and finishing – they should be taking quick and accurate shots on goal rather than just hitting the ball and hoping. MORE

Wing play

by Claudio Ranieri in Attacking

Wing play can be the winning difference for teams on match days. This session works on giving players the ability to make quick decisions to transfer the ball to the wings and to support the movement created by that decision. MORE

Deliveries from wide areas

by Mark Warburton in Attacking

The focus of this session is on combination play that results in a crossed delivery from a specific wide area. We play with attacking full-backs and like to work the ball into wider positions from which we can deliver quality crosses into the area. The first ‘pattern of play’ allows us to place players in... MORE

2v2s with recovery runs

by Wally Downes in Skills and Techniques

This 2v2 exercise focuses on players making recovery runs, then being positive in both attacking and defending situations. It’s a great session to run during the week if we are looking to work players hard, or in pre-season when building up fitness. MORE


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