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Guardiola 4v4+3 - Concepts of Juego de Posicion


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An explanation of how to use this famous Guardiola exercise to work on the concepts of Positional Play.

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Guardiola 4v4+3 - Concepts of Juego de Posicion

  1. 1. Guardiola’s 4v4+3 Kieran Smith @Kieransmith1
  2. 2. General set-up Normal set up of this drill is 4v4 with 3 neutral players. Team on the outside(red) keep the ball working with the 3 neutral players and when the outside team lose the ball the immediately press and the other team(blue) take up the positions on the outside. Lots of teams use this for possession only, and that is the key component, but how can we use it to work on JdP principles. @Kieransmith1
  3. 3. Positioning In the initial set up we have good positional superiority, as well as numerical superiority, and we should look to maintain this shape, more or less, throughout. 1. We have 3 passing options each time 2. We are positionally sound and the distances we have help us maintain possession and affect the opposition 3. We have players at different heights to offer different passing lines 4. We also have a player behind the line of opposition pressure, allowing us to work on that concept 5. Allows us to work on the free man/3rd man concept @Kieransmith1
  4. 4. Up, back & through This examples shows two different concepts of JdP. The first sequence of passes allow us to move the opposition over to one side and they will try to press the first pass. As they move over we can create space for the neutral player to receive behind the opposition line of pressure. Here we can either work on him receiving to turn, find in the 3rd man on the side or the up back and through. The 3rd pass goes into him and he bounces back, this, again, disorganises the opposition. Then the neutral player moves to one side and when he does that, we want to see the neutral player use opposite movement to be free to receive unmarked. @Kieransmith1
  5. 5. Sample of a simple session We could start the session with rondos normally 4v2, 6v2 or 8v2. then we would do the technical/physical circuit shown in picture one. Player 1 does the ladder/hurdles then passes the ball to the player in the middle who bounces it back & player 1 plays long to 3. 3 receives, turns & dribbles through the cones & finishes in the goal. Players move to next position and goes both ways. We then move onto the 4v4+3 and look for the up back through shown in previous slide. Then onto PoP & look for the same pattern with our key players( #4, #8/10 & #9) @Kieransmith1