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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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Defensive Pressure

Just thought of this one myself. We had some issues getting out of the back quickly enough, and I was looking at various transition games. This isn’t quite transition but might make a good first step. (And I forgot to add the ball to the illustration.)

  • grid maybe 20 x 15 with evenly spaced cones along the sideline
  • 3 v 2 (or similar; numbers are variable), each starting on opposite lines
  • defenders serve to attackers
  • attackers’ goal is to dribble across the opposite line
  • but they get a point for each sideline cone they pass (so, say, the full goal is worth 4)
  • should / hopefully focus on speed of attack and speed of defending / organizing because the attackers start scoring quickly
  • emphasize that attackers should not attack in straight lines only
  • defenders can attack the opposite goal if they win possession

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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: specify 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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Attacking Overload Handball

[from thecoachingmanual.com]

  • an interesting variation on handball
  • I think I like the no restrictions on offense, zones on defense rule
  • I do like, though, the application of zones to handball

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Passing Warm-up

[from thecoachingmanual.com]

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Inter Milan Possession Game

[from @ultimateplayerHQ]

  • four squares, maybe 5 x 5 or 10 x 10 (depending on level), each with a mini-goal at the back and in a total 20 x 20 or 30 x 30 grid
  • each square has a player that is restricted to that square; these players work together to maintain possession
  • one player in the middle who has unrestricted movement; this player is trying to win possession
  • if / when the player in the middle wins possession, he attacks the nearest goal / square and tries to score
  • if he scores, he switches with that player [my addition]; if he does not, play resumes
  • progressions:
    • more defenders [great, I suspect, for working on 1st and 2nd defender]
    • limit touches
    • change spacing of zones

ScreenFlow from Ed DeHoratius on Vimeo.