Shooting In Transition Practice

By Alex Trukan

This exercise is based on transition phase from attack to defense. Ability to prevent counter-attack recently became more important with the teams scoring more goals from the counter-attacks and quick attacks. In this practice, that is connected with shooting and running with the ball content to develop technical corner and anaerobic power from physical point of view.

Set up and directions:
Organize two full-sized goals 40-50 meters apart from each other. Set up two gates and divide the team into two groups as shown on diagram. Each player needs one ball. Goalkeepers should be positioned in goals.

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The practice starts with the first player from one group dribbling towards the opposite goal. His aim is to

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Running With the Ball and Shooting to Develop Anaerobic Power

By Alex Trukan

The exercise is focused on improving anaerobic power in counter-attack scenario. This physical component is required to produce actions on high speed and strength. One of the examples of such scenario include 1v1 against the goalkeeper with a defender chasing from the back. Simple organisation and competitiveness of this practice makes it easy to understand and engaging.

Set up and directions:
Set up cones as on diagram. Organize two groups: attackers and defenders. First attacker starts between two red markers. All defenders have one ball each. Goalkeeper is positioned in the goal. Allow relatively big space to run with the ball (depending on players’ characteristics).

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The practice starts with the first defender playing the ball to attacker positioned between

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Possession Game to Develop Aerobic Power

By Alex Trukan

The following practice is aimed at developing the ability to sustain many actions throughout the whole match. In example, that will enable players to produce the same amount of sprints in the first as well as last 15 minutes of the game. In addition, that is achieved in possession game, what increases the motivation of the players and links physical focus with technical and tactical content.

Set up and directions:
Set up a square of 30-40 m. depending on the ability as well as number of players. Organise min. 6 little gates in the middle of the square as shown on the diagram. Divide the group into two teams of 5 players. To score a point, a team should pass the ball through a small gate. The team with more points wins the game.

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Method of scoring points in this exercise requires constant support in front and in behind the ball. After single point is scored, the game

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Passing Practice in Fours For Conditioning

By Alex Trukan

The passing practice in fours can be modified and used to develop multiple conditioning outcomes. Modification of this exercise shown below is focused on developing speed and agility. This physical component is required in 1v1 situations, during transition phase as well as in scoring and finishing scenarios.

Set up and directions:
Organize number (3) of rectangles as shown on the diagram, depending on the quantity of players. Divide players into groups of four, with each group having two balls. One player should be placed on each end of the rectangle and two players in the middle.

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The simplest variation of this game requires middle players to show up for a pass, ask for a ball, play one-touch pass back to the outside player and

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1v1 Circuit focused on Anaerobic Endurance

By Alex Trukan

This practice combines multiple 1v1 situations with the physical component of Anaerobic Endurance. The organisation of the exercise allows many repetitions of maximal intensity efforts, what is aimed to improve the ability of the body to sustain high quality (speed and strength) actions throughout the whole match. Competitive format of this practice aids motivation and doesn’t require much concurrent involvement of the coach. Ideally, this 1v1 circuit is designed for 8 players and a goalkeeper, however it can be adapted to suit other numbers as well.

Set up and directions:
Organize an area of two penalty box sizes. Set up two full sized goals on the opposite sides, facing each other. There should be one goalkeeper in each goal. Divide the team into pairs. Starting positions as shown on diagram. Assistant coach or player from the group behind is required to pass the ball into the area.

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The practice starts as the ball is played into the area, between two players. The ball should be passed at the

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Continuous 2v1 to Develop Anaerobic Endurance

By Alex Trukan

This exercise is focused on developing dribbling and decision-making skills altogether with Anaerobic Endurance. Games containing 2v1 scenarios can be used as a progression to 1v1 situations. That places additional demand on players: decision making – dribble or pass? The organisation of this practice allows players to develop physical component of Anaerobic Endurance. That ability is responsible for producing high quality (speed and strength) actions throughout the whole match.

Set up and directions:
Set up a rectangle of 30×15 m., divide it into three areas as shown on the diagram. Organise the team into groups of two players. On one rectangle, there should be three pairs practicing. Two pairs start on the cones opposite to each other, while third pair stays in the middle: each player between two middle cones. There is one ball needed for a group, however, additional balls should be ready around the area.

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The game starts on the first touch of the player with the ball – he can either

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