Archive for August, 2011

Football Training: Session 8 – “Create The Opportunity To Deliver An Accurate Cross”

Posted on: August 26th, 2011 | by Steve | No Comments

Object Of The Training Session – Create the opportunity to deliver a cross and be able to do so with accuracy and precision when presented with the chance.

Practicing The Skill – Player 1 passes to player 2 and follows his pass. Player 2 controls the ball, playing it into space and down the line to deliver an accurate cross to the third player. Player 2 then  follows his cross, replacing the third player and becoming the goalie. Player 3 catches the ball and throws it back to player 4 to repeat the sequence. The third player waits behind the cone to repeat the exercise as shown in the diagram below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Developing The Drill –  Player 1 passes to player 2 who controls the ball and with his second touch lays it off to the third player. As soon as player 2 passes the ball, he quickly moves in behind the third player to receive his pass that has been played into space and attempts to deliver an accurate cross. Player 3 becomes a defender, attempting to stop the cross from being played in. Once player 2 has delivered the cross, he replaces the seventh person, with player 3 replacing the fifth as shown in the diagram below. Players 1 and 6 take turns to start the move, attempting to meet the cross and score. The sequence continues and the drill is repeated as shown in the diagram below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moving The Drill Into A More Realistic Game Situation –  This is the same as the drill above, but with some additions to make it more like a more realistic game situation. These additions are the introduction of two defenders, players 8 and 9. The eighth players task is to attempt to stop the cross from being delivered whether by intercepting the ball from player 3 or from player 2. The ninth person is the central defender whose job it is to stop the apposing striker from scoring.  The sequence continues as above and the drill is repeated as shown in the diagram below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game Situation – Play a normal full size game if possible encouraging you players to try and create situations where it is possible to deliver a cross. Two goals may be rewarded to the team that score from a cross into the box.

PENDLE VERDICT – These are all great drills which focus on two very key points. These are the importance of trying to get into the right kind of position on the pitch to execute a telling cross and the skill of being able to deliver an accurate cross into a dangerous area. To ensure a continues flow with all the drills, a useful tip is to have a ball collector behind the goal and several balls to hand.

YOUR VERDICT – What do you think?

Football Training: Session 7 – “Simply Shooting”

Posted on: August 18th, 2011 | by Steve | No Comments

Object Of The Training Session – When presented with the opportunity, encourage your players to shoot and score.

Practicing The Skill – Player 4 follows the ball after passing it 20 meters to player 2 who controls it with his first touch and shoots.  Player 2 moves to the back of the queue where player 6 is positioned. Player 6 repeats the sequence, passing it to player 4 and the drill continues. The drill can be repeated at the same time on the other side of the pitch if you are struggling for goalkeepers as shown on the diagram below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Developing The Drill –  This drill is the same as the one above, apart from with the introduction of a defender. When player 4 passes to player 2, the defender (player 9) is allowed to try and close down the player receiving the pass. In this case, the second player. Player 2 has to try and get a shot on goal before the defender can close them down. The attacker can choose to dribble past the defender if he feels that he can’t get a clear strike on goal. The sequence continues as shown in the diagram below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moving The Drill Into A More Realistic Game Situation –  This is a simple small sided game of 4 v 4, but with some important rules. Player 1 starts with the ball and joins in with the attacking team after playing a short pass to the second player. When he passes the ball to player 2, the defending team must be in a line at least 15 meters away. One of these defenders will then have to try and close down player 2. Three defenders can move anywhere on the pitch, but there must always be 1 defender within the zone between the goal and the yellow line, as shown on the diagram below. The attacking team can only score from inside the marked out area. This will encourage players to shoot early and when they can. Swap defenders and attackers and repeat as below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game Situation –  Play a normal game encouraging your players to shoot when presented with the opportunity. Two goals can be rewarded if a goal is scored from outside the penalty box.

 PENDLE VERDICT –  So that there is a continues flow with the first two drills, ensure that there is a ball collector behind the goal and there are several balls to hand for the players to use. Also, just be careful with the same two drills that the attacking players on each side of the pitch are not shooting at exactly the same time. A high tempo is required for the last drill. These small pointers should make for a great training session!

YOUR VERDICT – What do you think?

Football Training: Session 6 – “Turn Your Defender”

Posted on: August 11th, 2011 | by Steve | No Comments

Object Of The Training Session – Given the right game situation, encourage your players to turn the last defender to get a clear strike on goal.

Practicing The Skill – Player 1 passes to player 2 who with his first touch turns and passes the ball accurately to the third player.  The decision to turn to the left or the right is made by taking a look behind before receiving the pass, to ascertain which direction the player that you are passing it too has moved. Player 3 passes the ball back to player 2 who repeats the exercise, passing it back to the first player. Swap over and repeat. Please see the diagram below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Developing The Drill – This drill is the same as the one above, but with the introduction of a defender, player 4. There is one other important difference in that the players decision on which way to turn is ascertained by the position of the defender. This is why it is always important to look behind you before you turn. From the diagram below, you will see that the defender, player 4 has left a small gap for player 2 to turn into. Player 3 will now move into position depending on the direction the attacking player has turned, as shown in the diagram below. Swap over and repeat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moving The Drill Into A More Realistic Game Situation – Player 1 passes to his team mate, player 2, who are both competing against players 3 and 4. Players 1,2,3,and 4 are not allowed to move into the half where the fith and sixth players are located and likewise vice versa. The object of the game is to try and get the ball to their third team mate, in this case, player 5, who will try and turn the defender (player 6) to get a clear shot on goal. Swap defenders and attackers and repeat the exercise as shown below.

Game Situation – Finish with a  normal game, preferably on a full size pitch, encouraging your players to turn the last defender to get a clear strike on goal. Two goals may be rewarded if a player is able to turn a defender and score. If you’re feeling harsh, 20 press ups can be given to the defending player! 

PENDLE VERDICT – When practising the skill to turn a defender, it is also important that players are aware of what is behind them before attempting to turn an opposing player. It is also important for players to be aware of the positions of other team mates around them in order to ascertain if there are better options available for their team.  These drills will allow players to practice the skill of turning with the ball and will also get them into the habit of looking behind them before attempting to do so.

YOUR VERDICT – What do you think?

 

Football Training: Session 5 – “Beat A Player”

Posted on: August 5th, 2011 | by Steve | No Comments

Object Of The Training Session – Given the the right game situation, encourage your players to take on and dribble past players.

Practicing The Skill – Player 1 runs at the cone with the ball and attempts a trick to dribble round the cone, as if it was an opposing defender. He passes the ball to player 2 who also dribbles round the cone, passing it to player 3 to repeat the exercise. Each Player should always keep their head up and a burst of pace is required once the player has taken the ball past the cone. They all follow their pass and the sequence continues as shown in the diagram below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Developing The Drill – This drill is the same as the one above, however the cone in the middle is replaced with a defending player. The defender swaps with one of the attacking players once he has stopped them from dribbling the ball to the other side. This sequence is repeated as shown in the diagram below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moving The Drill Into A More Realistic Game Situation – Player 3 passes the ball to player 1 who is positioned about 20 meters away and moves into the centre of the marked out area to become the defender, as shown in the diagram below. Player 1 receives the pass and runs at the third player, attempting to go past him and score. Player 3 moves to where the first player was and the fourth person repeats the exercise as shown in the diagram below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game Situation – Finish with a  normal game on a full size pitch if possible, encouraging your players to take on and dribble past players when appropriate. Encourage the players to dribble, but only in the right places.

 

PENDLE VERDICT – Just be careful when you finish off with a normal game that players are not running around “blind”, trying to dribble past players in positions that do not require them to do so. Encourage your team to make correct choices, most importantly, whether or not they should play an easy pass or be possitive and have a go at going around a player. Focus needs to be on keeping your head when running with the ball and a quick change of pace when going past a player.

YOUR VERDICT – What do you think?

 

Manchester United’s Squad Has Less Experience Now, But Is It Also Weaker?

Posted on: August 1st, 2011 | by Steve | No Comments

When you look at the big names that have left the Red Devils this year, you cannot help to wonder if Manchester United are going to be the same formidable force that we have all been used to in recent years.

Big names have either retired or left including Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Edwin van der Sar, Wes Brown, John O’Shea and Owen Hargreaves. Whilst these players were probably past their best, most were arguably world class in their time and would still have been able to offer many positive attributes to the united squad.

With the exception of Ashley Young, the new signings, goalkeeper David De Gea and England under 21 international, Phil Jones are both relatively untested at the highest level. Will their introduction really strengthen the united squad or are they just a small positive to a squad that is now very much weakened?

PENDLE VERDICT –  We were surprised that Wes Brown and John O’Shea both went to Sunderland, given that they are both very strong squad players and can be trusted to perform at the highest level. The departure of injury plagued, Owen Hargreaves makes no difference to the strength of the squad because he never played and it was probably the right time for Gary Neville to hang up his boots. Most people would agree that Paul Scholes is a player who’s retirement has to weaken the United squad in some capacity as he was arguably the greatest player that England have produced in recent times. Edwin van der Sar was still at the top of his game when he retired, so his departure has to be a blow.

 On conclusion, the answer is YES, we do think that United are weaker going into the new campaign.

YOUR VERDICT – What do you think?