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Sigi Schmid – Developing Players Technically [SCCC 17] – Games to Encourage Combination Play

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Sigi Schmid – Developing Players Technically [SCCC 17] – Combination Play Warm-up

    • A series of progressions based on a Y-formation of cones
    • Passes should be made first touch if possible but two touch if necessary. Ok to take a touch to get the ball under control but shouldn’t take unnecessary touches.

This one begins with following the pass and moving the ball upfield.

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This next one adds in a drop-off (#2) before moving the ball upfield.

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This next one adds in further combinations, a bigger drop-off (#6) and a run and pass to space (#s 7 & 8).

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And this last one removes the drop-off for instead a lateral pass (dropped off at an angle rather than a square pass) before the run and pass to space.

  • Body positioning is important: focus on being in position to deliver the next pass quickly and effectively without giving up positioning on the field – with #6 above, that run should be angled backwards rather than square not only to better set up the pass but also to allow the receiver to get back on defense if the pass is intercepted. If that pass is square, it becomes much more difficult for the receiver to get back on defense.
  • These can also be used for conditioning, seeing how many can be done in a given amount of time.
 

Tom Goodman – Coaching Attack and Defense [SCCC 17] – Juggling Game

  • Players work in groups of 3
  • Coach calls out a number combination, e.g. 2-1
  • Server throws the ball up
  • First player has 2 touches to get it to 2nd player
  • Second player has 1 touch to get it back to server
  • Numbers can and should be varied
  • Should start with higher numbers to begin with and get progressively more difficult
 

Dick Bate – Man-marking Defending – Movement-Specific Conditioning

  • 3 players, 2 with balls in their hands 5 yards apart, 1 in the middle
  • The one in the middle moves between the two holders, touching the ball with his hand
  • Ball should be moved up and down by holders to vary position
  • Focus on quick movements, turning the hips, and strong first steps
  • Should not be shuffling, but turning and moving
  • 2 end players can shift their position to surprise the middle player: shift from side to side, from front to back, so that the player has to react to where the ball is quickly

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  • [could this be done as almost a beep-test kind of thing, or at least a timed activity to see how many touches a player can get in a fixed time?]
  • [this could also be done with four holders in a diamond with the middle player either moving a pattern or with the coach calling out numbers to get them to move randomly]
  • Players do quick feet (‘dance’)
  • Coach calls out left or right
  • Players turn in that direction, focusing on hips and first step
  • Players run to a fixed point (sprint of 10 or 15 ¬†yards)

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  • Initially attacking players ran too fast
  • Bate slowed them down, telling them to jog or even walk; focus on the change of speed
  • Focus is on the defenders, so defenders need to develop that quick first step to keep up with attackers as they change pace
  • Bate added the restriction that only one change of direction was allowed
  • Similar to the catch-the-defender game we already play (with a ball) but in this version no ball; a game of tag
  • Progression: two players have a ball in their hand; they are immune but can and should pass the ball to other players in trouble (this also develops communication)
 

Chris Gbandi – Transition from Defending to Attacking – 2 v 2 + 3 v 3

  • 2 v 2 in a small box with defending team starting with the ball
  • When attacking team wins the ball in the box, it plays out of the box to its team on the outfield
  • The game is then live
  • Progression
  • Shift the square / 2 v 2 to a corner (rather than centered) and focus on switching the field as the team builds out of the back

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Chris Gbandi – Transition from Defending to Attacking [SCCC 17] – 6 v 3 Transfer Box

  • Pretty small space, maybe 15 wide by 30 deep (the half where they begin)
  • The three try to dispossess the six, and, when they do, pass to their teammates in the other zone
  • Three then of the dispossessed team shift into the other zone and play continues
 

Chris Gbandi – Transition from Defending to Attacking – Passing Patterns

  • Most goals happen within six passes or fewer
  • Focus on moving the ball quickly out of the back to start the attack

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