Running with the Ball and Anaerobic Endurance

By Alex Trukan

This practice is based on developing an ability for repeated and regular high intensity efforts. That is achieved in a technical practice combining elements of running with the ball, passing and acceleration off the ball. It can also be used as a part of tactical programme focused on developing counter attack and transition play. Ideal number for this practice is between 8 to 10 as it then automatically manages work to rest periods.

Set Up and Directions

Organise two channels of 15-30 yards. Place two gates between them as shown on the diagram below. Divide the players into two groups and place each group at the

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Reverse Goals Game to Develop Aerobic Power

By Alex Trukan

This game uses creative design to increase the amount of runs over medium and longer distances. The main aim from the physical perspective is to improve Aerobic Power, which in simpler terms aids recovery between high intensity efforts. Therefore, players will be able to perform more and higher quality actions. Apart from that, the game adds variety to the training and challenges players in new ways.

Set Up and Directions

Organise a pitch of approximately 30×40 yards. Divide it into two halves. Place two goals back to back in the centre of the pitch. Organise a team into two groups of 5 with one goalkeeper in each

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Shielding Game for Strength and Skill

By Alex Trukan

The following practice is designed to develop upper body (core) and lower body strength. That can be used in and around the penalty box by the strikers holding the ball away from the opposition as well as in the own half of the pitch by the defenders. From the technical point of view, the practice focuses on defending position with the player pressurising from the back. The great thing about this exercise is that it can be adapted to different numbers as well as it’s a great fun.

Set-Up and Directions

Organise six cones as shown on the diagram below. Designate one player with the

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Possession Game to Develop Strength

By Alex Trukan

This exercise is focused on developing functional strength to improve individual ball possession skills under pressure. That will help the players to stay on the ball for longer periods of time if needed and be confident in manipulating the ball when pressurised and doubled up. From the conditioning perspective, the practice develops both upper and lower body strength as well as strengthens the core. It also contains an element of acceleration over short distances.

Set-Up and Directions

Set up a square of approximately 15×15 yards. In the middle of each side of the square, place a bigger cone. Divide the players into pairs. Each pair should take a position on each of the

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Team Dribbling that Develops Endurance

By Alex Trukan

This practice is suitable for almost every age group and can be implemented with both U7’s as well as senior players. From the physical perspective, it is focused on improving endurance and ability to recover after high intensity bursts. That is integrated into highly technical practice focused on dribbling, awareness and ball manipulation. The practice has also benefits in the social side of the game, improving communication and teamwork.

Set up and directions

Organise a square of approximately 15×15 yards. Divide the team into three teams of three (number of players per team can be adapted). Two members of the team start with one

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Team Reaction Game

By Alex Trukan

Reaction time and speed over short distances are often deciding elements between losing and winning in soccer. This practice is focused on developing these physical components integrating dribbling and running with the ball skills what links both conditioning and technical side of the game. The following exercise requires players to be in constant alertness and awareness in order to be able to react to a trigger before other teammates. That increases competitiveness and motivation.

Set-Up and Directions

Organise a middle square of approximately 15×15 yards. Set up four poles, one 5 yards from each of the four corners of the square. Designate players inside the middle square. Every player needs a ball. Take up appropriate coaching position to see the whole picture.

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The players start dribbling inside the square. The games starts on

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