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Defensive transition

by Mark Sampson in Defending

With this session, we are looking to develop the player’s decision-making ability and the execution of his/her actions in the moment that possession is turned over. Working with the players to understand the importance of balance, both in attack and defence, are consistent themes for us as a group. A key aspect of our balance... MORE

Defending crosses

by Mark Bowen in Defending

Use this session to develop the decision making and positional awareness of defenders when faced with a variety of dangerous balls crossed into the penalty area. MORE

Switching play to score

by Stuart McCall in Attacking

Coach your players how and when to switch play to create goal-scoring opportunities – the different activities in this session have a lot of technical, tactical, physical, social and physiological elements within them. These keep the players focused, while also maintaining the sense of competition. MORE

Goalkeeping 1v1

by Perry Suckling in Goalkeeping

A goalkeeper must be quick to deal with a 1v1 situation. Not just quick footed, but quick thinking too. This training session creates just the kind of 1v1 situations needed to rehearse the skills and decision-making needed to deal with an oncoming opponent. MORE

Pure wing play

by Kenny Jackett in Attacking

Pure wing play is about developing wingers’ ability to cross the ball, whilst promoting relationships and understanding with strikers and other attack-minded team mates. 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

Defending the box

by Sam Allardyce in Defending

The session looks at the core ideal of defending the box, and with it, the goal. It uses 1v1, 2v2 and 3v3 systems working in a unit, highlights crosses into the box and works on phase of play against attacking formations. It’s important to practise this in the first place to achieve what I deem... MORE


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