Yesterday morning I spent a couple hours with Coach Cip talking about his recent trip to the IMG soccer academy in Bradenton, Florida for his A license audit. Every four years USSF A license coaches are required to attend continuing education to keep their licenses current.
Coach Cip had a great time, and especially enjoyed the sessions presented by the Dutch U-17 National Team coach. He had some very eye opening comments to make as well.
Cip shared one of the finishing drills demoed during one of the sessions, and I wanted to pass it along to you as well. This activity is very representative of the type of multi-faceted drills and sessions included in our Ciplfied Soccer 2.0 coaching guide:
The set up is very simple. Set up two lines 30-40 yards from goal. One line will be attackers, the other made up of defending players. The coach will stand behind them with all of the balls at his feet. Have a keeper in a full size goal. Also, set up two small-sided “counter” goals on either side of the starting point.
The coach begins by playing a ball into space for the attacking player to run on to. The defender tries to win the ball as well. If the defender gets control of the ball, he/she should immediately turn and head for one of the two counter goals.
The attacking players will be working on staying composed and finishing under pressure. The keeper gets work on his 1v1 game. Defenders learn to recover quickly and harass the attacker to prevent a quality shot.
Having the counter goals adds several important elements to this drill. It adds an element of transition for the defender as he/she will immediately go on the attack one the ball is one.
In addition, the attacking player will learn to quickly try to win the ball back the moment it is lost. He/she is forced to defend immediately upon losing possession.
We love this kind of activity as it works on many facets of the game at one time. Attacking, finishing, goalkeeping, defending, transition, etc.
The drills and coaching techniques in this guide are designed to quickly get your players into realistic game-like activities that your players will love.
This is the absolute best method for rapidly developing players’ skills and game intelligence.
The end result:
- motivated players
- rapid skill development
- increased on-field problem solving abilities
- more wins for the team
…and lots of happy parents!
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