10 TRAINING ACTIVITIES

I’ve got a file on my computer 93 pages deep of training activities and I add to it way faster then I get to post them! I usually pick up 5 – 6 training activities per week from various sources, and my own head, then choose the best 1 to post that week and repeat,...

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PRIVATE SCHOOL FOOTY TRAINING FOR 2023

You might remember last year I posted what I did for football training with my private school team where I was coaching the senior B team. I did it again this year but with the year 7 B team. We had 2 teams for the year 7’s so the B team was made up of...

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SPLIT GROUND GAME

I saw this on one of the Sydney Swans socials early this year and is a pretty straight forward game play activity. Firstly split the ground in half vertically as per the image. Next create 3 teams from of which I’ve chosen 9v9 but it will depend on your training numbers. If you’re a bit...

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HOW MANY GAMES CAN 1 QUALITY TRAINING SESSION BE EQUIVALENT TO? YOU’LL BE AMAZED

Yes, I’m like a broken record but until I see meaningful change I’ll keep trying to get this message of a games-based training approach v a standing-behind-cones training approach across to as many coaches as possible. A games based-approach to training will result in: Many touches of the ball Decision-making under game like conditions Provides...

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20 COLLINGWOOD 2023 IN-SEASON TRAINING ACTIVITIES

Back in February I released 35 training activities that Collingwood used in their 2023 pre-season training and now comes the in-season version with 20 different training activities. If you’ve watched Collingwood from a coaching point of view then you’ll see a lot of similarity in how they train and how they play. They use a...

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AS MANY AS POSSIBLE FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE

If you’re a regular consumer of my content then you should have some idea on my thoughts on junior footy and how it could be vastly improved for greater player retention and thus development. These notes come from an article and an actual study on the same subject focusing on young soccer star Erling Haaland...

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3 ZONE TRAINING GAME

This is a pretty straight forward game that focuses on how the offensive team can utilise their outnumber advantage which will require them to hold the footy once they get possession and asses their options to fond the open player. Off the ball players need to work cohesively to create space between them and to...

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ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS FOR JUNIOR FOOTBALL

I’ve posted about ecological dynamics on numerous occasions but if you’re not really aware of what it is then the easiest way to explain it is by saying that perception cannot be detached from action as they are linked/coupled (Stuart McMillan) with our individual perception based on our ability to act within it making it...

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PASSING LANES TRAINING ACTIVITY

This training activity focuses on maintaining possession of the ball against multiple layers of defense so it’s replicating a slow play. There’s not much to this besides the starting formation but I’ll provide some constraints you can add to increase the challenge point of the activity. Here’s how it starts: Unlike my dodgy drawing, make...

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TRAINING TEAMS OF MULTI-ABILITY PLAYERS

Teams of all ages and grades have players of varying abilities and this is probably no more pronounced then in junior footy with the major problem for coaches being how to design training to fit all players. This post will greatly help coaches navigate their way through this process, albeit a very multi-faceted one. THE...

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