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Developing your offense



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  • Point out warm-up, progressions tomain session, conclusion. Objectives, date, roll call etc.
  • Three red cones surround the penalty mark. These are our basic targets for most penetrating passes and crosses. It gives the players a visual cue.

Developing your offense Developing your offense Presentation Transcript

  • Craig Winship
  • Where are you now, Coach?  Just getting started with the program  If I don’t coach it, who will?  They told me I had to if I wanted to coach my favorite sport.  Taking the team back from parents
  • Where are you now, Coach?  Building enthusiasm  Developing technical skill to compete  Teaching tactical strategies to win
  • Getting started  Do you have a long term plan for the development of your team?  Will you be an offensive or defensive oriented team?  You cannot measure progress without a plan.
  • Getting started  If your practices are organized and relevant while addressing individual and group growth,  the stronger teams tend to buy into it.  the weaker teams do, too.
  • Getting started  As a coach, you must create an identity for your team and stay true to it.  Even JV trains with the same coaching theories and goals.
  • Developing your coaching style  Good coaches should want to improve as a coach in order to better teach their players.  Organization of your coaching plans as well as setting clear objectives to your workouts are critical to this.  Daily plans are a must.  Weekly plans insure that you are building.  Include your assistant coach(es).
  • Developing your coaching style
  • Developing your coaching style  It does not matter if you print your plans or write them,  Just Have Them!!  Your players know when you are unprepared.
  • Developing your coaching style  How many minutes per practice do they work in structured, instructional activities?
  • A balance is required Individual development Team development
  • Building the attack  Role of the keeper  Use him or her as a weapon in possession  Vocal leadership with the backs  Not just a shot blocker anymore
  • Building the attack  Role of the backline  Expand the field when we have the ball  Relieve pressure with short, probing passes to mids  Support the mids and forwards  *No magical barrier at midfield (The 50 yard line)
  • Building from the back by David Clarke  Use a 40x30 yard area with three small goals - each two yards wide - at each end.  You'll need balls, bibs and cones.  Adjust player numbers to suit your session.  Each team has three defensive players and a keeper in their defensive half, with two attackers in the opposition half.
  • Building from the back by David Clarke  Balls start from keepers  This attacking team must make three passes - something they should be able to do quite easily with their 4v2 overload.
  • Building from the back by David Clarke  Once they complete the three passes, a player can pass or dribble into the opposition half of the pitch, supported by his team mates, which creates a 5v4 overload.
  • Building from the back by David Clarke  To score, attackers must dribble the ball through any of the three opposition gates.  If the defending team wins the ball back, it can counter attack - there are no offside.  If it cannot counter, passing back to the keeper resets play - opposition players return to their original positions, and the exercise restarts by building from the back.
  • Building from the back by David Clarke  Utilizing possession is good for technique and means opponents are being asked to work hard to get near the ball.  It rehearses passing into and creating space, forward movement, counter-attacking and support play.  With practice, players can really enjoy the benefits of such skilled and attractive build-up patterns.
  • Building from the back  7v5 playing from the keeper.  The goal is to retain possession while looking to score in small goals.  Adjust numbers for success.
  • Building the attack  Role of the defensive mid  Always be available for a pass  Look to switch the attack  Always behind the ball line
  • Building the attack  Role of the wide attackers  Must provide width to stretch the defense  Body shape faces the field  Drops to receive low pressure passes  Pushes up to receive balls into space  Willing to take on the outside backs
  • Building the attack  Role of the forward(s)  Must be able to play facing his or her own goal.  Must be able to win 1v1 with center back  Must be able to finish quickly and under pressure
  • Developing the offense Three red cones Formation is talent based Repetition – Good or Great
  • Developing the offense  Each player has a read to make based on the ball’s location.
  • Developing the offense  Front runner, front post (keeper to front post)  Second runner, second post (back post to keeper). It is NOT a race.
  • Developing the offense  The outside mid or forward, contains the play in front of him/her.  RECYCLE unproductive runs.
  • Developing the offense 4-3-3  An attacking midfielder is played.  First touch is wide to space for the forward.
  • Developing the offense 4-3-3  Our goal is to cross the ball to the red cones.  Again, front runner, front post.  Second runner, back post with containment
  • Developing the offense 4-3-3  The midfielder who started the action wide is now responsible for the arc (Trash).  In the example, the ball was played behind the front runner. He leaves it for the second runner.
  • Developing the offense 4-4-2  An attacking midfielder is played.  First touch is wide to space for the outside mid.
  • Developing the offense 4-4-2  Our goal is to cross the ball to the red cones.  Again, front runner, front post.  The only difference is a checking run to the ball by the nearest forward. That allows for a 1-2 etc
  • Developing the offense 4-4-2  Center midfielder who started the action wide is help then to arc (trash)
  • Developing the offense 4-4-2
  • Developing the offense  Four defensive cones are set near midfield  This more accurately simulates the game
  • Developing the offense  Place your attackers regardless of formation  Ball starts with center mids
  • Developing the offense  First touch is free  Outside backs must recover
  • Developing the offense  Outside forward is encouraged to dribble  Front runner, front post etc
  •  Front runner, front post etc  Second runner, back post Attacking with second runner
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