NEXT LEVEL COACHING – GAME INTELLIGENCE…AGAIN

The NBA Draft is on tomorrow and I came across this article by US Sports writer Danny Chau focusing on the projected #1 pick Cade Cunningham, who although not blessed with super speed or athleticism, has impressed most with his ability to play a slower paced game based on game intelligence and skill performance over...

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TRAINING TO MIMIC THE SYDNEY SWANS BALL MOVEMENT

A few weeks ago I did a series of posts firstly on some of the tactics the Sydney Swans used to decimate the West Coast Eagles and then how by just adding few tweaks it can be used in local/amateur football to what I suspect would be great effect. Here’s a video of training drill/scenario...

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MY JUNE/JULY RUNNING PROGRAM

I’ve posted my go-to aerobic/anaerobic threshold training program before (level 2 membership) but here’s what it looks like in real time for me. I don’t usually do fatigue-ish running during the season as there’s more then enough of it in games and at footy training already, instead opting for specific speed work. At 43 years...

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DISTANCES, PHASES & SPACES – ROBERTO MANCINI (ITALIAN SOCCER COACH)

These pointers come from an article on Italian National Coach Robero Manici, hot off the heels of a Euro Cup win a week or so ago. I’m not a soccer fan at all but I do read a fair bit of tactical content on the game, of which a lot of has found itself into...

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GIVING FEEDBACK – JOSHUA BONHOTAL

These pointers on giving feedback comes from a Twitter thread from Joshua Bonhotal, a coach who now leverages technology and fitness to optimise human performance (give him a follow). As a coach it’s not just the content of the feedback of what you giove to your players but also how you deliver that feedback and...

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SYDNEY SWANS TRANSITION OFFENSE AT LOCAL/AMATEUR LEVEL PART 5

#5 – KICK OPTION FROM BEHIND INTO THE CORRIDOR This is pretty close to what the Swans often try and achieve, especially during a slow play where they are being  defended outside the corridor. This play starts with Dorca hitting up and marking then hitting up a forward pushing up towards him on the half...

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SYDNEY SWANS TRANSITION OFFENSE AT LOCAL/AMATEUR LEVEL PART 4

#4 – KICK OPTION FROM BEHIND TO KEEP FORWARDS BACK We work the ball along the boundary to the mid-point of the ground via fast play and we’ve got a line of players tearing through the middle, and through space, from the half back line where the ball came from. With Harry being one of...

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SYDNEY SWANS TRANSITION OFFENSE AT LOCAL/AMATEUR LEVEL PART 3

#3 – KICK OPTION FROM BEHIND TO KEEP FORWARDS BACK This starts with a short hit up from Benji and he does exactly what the Swans do on his own accord by pushing forward from behind so our forwards don’t have to come up too and high leaving us with no one to kick to....

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SYDNEY SWANS TRANSITION OFFENSE AT LOCAL/AMATEUR LEVEL PART 2

#2 – OPTION FROM BEHIND HANDBALL RECEIVE IN FRONT OF THE MAN ON THE MARK I should have mentioned yesterday that we tend to go lateral/backwards a lot because our home ground is postage stamp and that’s often the only way you can maintain possession and lengthen the ground to open up space in front...

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SYDNEY SWANS TRANSITION OFFENSE AT LOCAL/AMATEUR LEVEL PART 1

Last week I did a monster 4-part analysis on my Sydney Swans and their complete destruction of the West Coast Eagles, with a close look at their ball and player movement during transition offense. I’m back at my old club in a playing role after my coaching gig fell through but I did take a...

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