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To Our Coaches Beginners & Advanced...

  • Are you prepared to run a proper session? 

  • Are you a Teacher or Preacher at practice?

  • Are your demonstrations done correctly, or is the picture blurry to the attending students?

Things To Remember...

        A.   Begin your session with upbeat activity, and establish your team's identification and style.​​​ Spend your warm-up on more than an activity to prepare your body and mind, but also to let the team bond by funny jokes, competitions, and educating them with a professional experience through competitions, and staying alert. This sets a culture of being prepared all the time, and never let your guard do.

        B.   Break your team in groups in #s where they work and keep sharp in their Footballing technical skills. "Even the best players in the world cherish these moments to keep sharp, but also keep learning otherwise you can go stale and lazy. Groups are organized based on physical goals of the coach. NO LINES AND NO STANDING AROUND WAITING YOUR TURN MONKEYING AROUND. This is negative training and sets a standard as a whole to the club that if the manager isn't serious than how can we?

        C.   After the topics are concluded, never too many topics in one session. The cool down or end of session fitness should be fun and competitive just as much as your warm up. Finish your training on a high positive note with much confidence building as you can. This will empower the students or players to want to come back. No they can't wait for the next session.

This Week's Tip on Rhythm and Timing

A lost art and misunderstood topic that isn't taught enough in the United States...

Exercise 1

Set up

Each player with a Soccer ball stand in perfect rows with about 3 yds. to the side of player, and in front or back.

Example: If there are 12 players at the session you can put them in rows of 4 x 4 x 4. 

Action

On the coach's command (whistle, clap, or shout) all the players perform suppleness exercises in unison with each other. Some students can't keep up then the rest of the team continue till the allotted time. This is not footspeed, or ball gymnastics, rather than Ball Mastery done in perfect rhythm. 

Option: You can also use this combined with player's running with the ball and stopping quickly and performing the Suppleness exercises together till they hear a command then the use a change of speed with the dribble and do it again 10 yds later.

Tips For Success

  • Put emphasis on style and rhythm.

  • Increase the demands by less rest and time limit in between sets.

Exercise 2

Set up

Small group set up of no more than 5 players 5ds apart in a gap of two markers 10 yards apart.

Action

Front player of each line of 5 carry the ball with outside of the foot at top speed to the first gap 10 yards away and stop and perform ball gymnastic exercise until coach or trainer initiates command or whistle and then next two players behind start and each group so on until across the gaps. Great for stopping and starting and working on moves in between. Good organization and rhythm.

Tips For Success

  • Emphasize work rate by increasing time in between progressing forward.

  • Progress to different categories of dribbling moves, and increase difficulty.

  • Keep the groups small under 5 for resting periods are vital and can be often exaggerated which allows players too much rest, or under evaluated and defeats purpose and turns into a fitness test.

 Exercise 3 

Set up

Square using Agility Poles 5 by 5 yds with 4 players each on a corner of the grid.

Action

  • 2 players with the ball at their feet diagonally apart and 2 other players without the ball.

  • Players with the ball are defenders and other 2 players attacking players.

  • Defenders pass the ball across to their attacking players and close them down (Defenders don't tackle but simulate defensive pressure and proper defensive stance.)

  • Attacking players receiving and perform a Body Fake to create space towards the next cone which is vacated by the other defender. Attacking players finish with the ball at the next corner.

  • Once attacking dribblers finish at next corner they prepare to pass to the next player and Defense and Offense keep working around the square switching their roles. 

Tips For Success

  • Use this exercise with proper time restraints to receive with appropriate foot and perform the dribble and create space with precision and speed. 

  • Change the dribble ever 3 or 4 sets. 

  • For great success and organization the defender plays the ball across on the coaches command. 

  • Great exercise with great timing and precision.

  • Teaches players to be composed with the ball when pressure arrives.

This video is taken in 2006 during private instruction with coach Evan Greenwood and student professional player in Mexico Nayelli Raquejo.

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