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Staying Light on your Feet

I, as I’m sure many coaches do, constantly am reminding my players about not being flat-footed, about staying light on their foot and keeping them moving. Saw this from the warm-ups of the Italy – San Marino game and thought it was a great illustration of what we mean when we tell players to stay light on their feet and to keep their feet moving. So many players misunderstand why we advocate for that but this video does a nice job illustrating how much more lively play is, even in the simplest of warm-ups, when they’re not flat-footed.

ScreenFlow from Ed DeHoratius on Vimeo.

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Simple Square Warm-up

Saw a coach-friend of mine doing this the other night before practice on the sideline before his field opened up, and seemed a good way to get some touches in before practice / as a warm-up.

  • cone square, maybe 10 or 15 yards
  • dribble to the first cone, and cut around it, without knocking the cone over / touching the cone
  • next player starts when the one in front hits the first cone
  • proceed around the square
  • progression: self-pass inside the cones but run around the outside of the cone; work on touch
  • progression:┬áspecify which foot and/or surface to use
  • progression: reverse direction, especially if foot restrictions keep them using one foot in earlier versions

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Passing and Receiving Warm-up

[from thecoachingmanual.com]

  • a variation on something that is relatively common (circle in-and-out drill) but a variation I like because…
  • …I like the idea of combining with a teammate in traffic and…
  • …a potential progression from 2 or 3 touches to 1 touch, forcing the second / final receiver to move off the ball based on the initial pass
  • could also include a third teammate in the middle and restrict the distance of the passing, e.g. no passes under 7 yards

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Passing Warm-up

[from thecoachingmanual.com]

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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

Untitled from Ed DeHoratius on Vimeo.

Untitled from Ed DeHoratius on Vimeo.

 

Dave Hancock – What I Learned About Constructing a Training Session from my Days with Jose Mourinho – The Star Pattern

  • Hancock focuses on the Star Pattern because it is both consistent and flexible and, more important perhaps, because it focuses on game-specific movements: cutting, change of direction, short sprinting
  • Warm-up
  • Stations of different patterns
  • Passing through the star
  • Dribbling through the star: balls in a triangle in the middle, dribble to triangle, stop ball, get another, dribble to another point, turn, and repeat
  • Dribbling around defenders: similar to above, replace triangle with dummies; dribble to dummies and turn / ‘beat’ them through the star

Untitled from Ed DeHoratius on Vimeo.

Untitled from Ed DeHoratius on Vimeo.

 

Ian Barker – Building Out From The Back [SCCC 17] – Passing Warm-up

  • Simple triangle, maybe 10 yards per side
  • Players pass around the triangle and follow their pass
  • Barker sets one up for demo and then has players set up the other grids
  • Passing = technical warm up; following pass = physical warm up; setting up cones = mental warm up

  • Progression
  • To add a tactical element, player receiving the ball, before the ball is played, takes a few steps backward and looks over his shoulder
  • Player then receives the ball and pattern continues
  • Emphasize that the ball should be received (likely across the body) to set the body up for the next pass; you don’t want players receiving the ball in such a way that they have to take touches or too much time adjusting their position for the next pass
  • Next Progression
  • One touch passing at corners
  • Next Progression
  • Passing across the triangle