4 (+4) v 4 POSSESSION RONDO

This training activity focuses heavily on maintaining possession by utilising wide and/or central options. Start by creating 3 teams of 4 in different colors and make sure they know the focus of the activity. The scoring system is what will drive the behaviors in this activity of which I mention in the training video and...

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TEAM CHALLENGE TRAINING ACTIVITY

Not much to this but it’s a bloody effective activity as it gives you, the coach, a chance to have your players attempt to interpret and put into play your specific strategies/tactics that you’re aiming to use in games. By having your players focus on using just 1 strategy/tactic at a time, it gives them...

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ESSENDON RONDO TRAINING ACTIVITY

Rondo’s are used all the time in soccer, albeit in smaller areas but the Bombers have modified this to a bigger area. I’ve posted various Rondo activities before but they focus on maintaining possession against aggressive defense, making 1 second decisions and being clean with your skills under moderate-to-high pressure, depending on how you design...

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4v3 to 6v5 CONTINUOUS TRAINING ACTIVITY

This is a continuous training activity that has 3 layers for each team with each layer starting immediately after the one preceding it. Players must be quick to transition through roles, positioning and mindset while maintaining communication and concentration through 6 different phases of play Each layer has 2 phases of play as each team...

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3v3 to 6v6 TRAINING GAME

Football is full of transition plays from offense to defense and from congestion to space. If you train in only open spaces then you’ll be subpar in congestion. If you only train in congestion you’ll struggle to spread and find space once you win the ball. This game adds all these elements into the 1...

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INFINITE BUILD UP TRAINING ACTIVITY

This is a possession based game with built-in mechanisms to implicitly direct players to hold the ball after a mark and also to wait for free options to become available. It uses 3 connected playing area’s and multiple balls to keep psychological and physical requirements high, such as in a game. Feel free to alter...

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STOPPAGE CONTEST TRAINING ACTIVITY

This is a great training activity to nail the basics of winning the contest at stoppage, especially for lesser experienced players regardless of age. It takes a tiny slice of the game and narrows the focus so players only need to focus on a few learning points so as not to overstretch too much and...

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4v4+2 TRAINING ACTIVITY

This is a pretty simple possession focused activity that can be performed in smaller area with handball or bigger area’s with kicking. The main difference to these types of training activities is that it includes 2 neutral offensive players that simply stay on offense and assist whatever team is in possession. The neutrals can also...

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3 ZONES OF FOOTBALL – TRAINING FORWARD PRESSURE

About a month ago I posted about the 3 zones of football and how you could use it to guide your training more specifically than you currently do and today we’re going to have a look at how to that in regards to training to apply huge forward pressure which gives you increased game time...

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4 SCHOOL FOOTY TRAINING ACTIVITIES I’VE USED THIS YEAR PART 4

There’s nothing I love more than coaches letting some little cats out of their bag in regards to tactics and coaching nous and Collingwood’s Craig McRae isn’t shy, or guarded, in a lot his press conferences. I watch every one of his and of course John Longmire (Swans supporter), and they could not be ore...

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