Under 12 Switching Point of Attack

Description: Building on last week’s WIMPS session we will work on variations of passes and how they can be used to switch the point of attack in a game. Coaching Points: “Width in attack” When to switch play? (When the game is compact) Types of passes to switch play Using Possession to switch point of […]

Under 12 Possession Session

Description: Basic session to introduce the Attacking Principles of Play (WIMPS). Fun warmup developing to simple 5v2 Possession exercise before moving to a game specific directional Possession exercise. Session Coaching Points: Introducing Attacking Principles of Play (WIMPS) Develop Passing and Receiving Technique Good communication with team mates Agility Warm up Time: 8-10mins Description: Players in […]

A Guide to Running a Session

One of the best resources for Youth Coaches out there, The Coaching Manual has just published an article on how to plan a session, straight from the Southampton Academy. A great insight into how sessions are planned at a Premier League Academy, plenty to take into your sessions at grassroots level. Follow @CoachingManual on Twitter […]

Implementing a style of play

Reading time: 5 minutes When you work with youth teams at grassroots level, producing consistent performances can be very difficult as players often only have one or two hours playing together each week. One way to help youth teams produce consistent performances is having a style of play. Here are a few things I have […]

Spacial awareness

Description: Main focus on the session is to help players understand “Spacial Awareness”. This session can also be related to “Playing out from the back”, how can we create options for kickouts when being pressed by opposition. Warm-up / Arrival – X and O’s Shooting game Fun game which can be used as a warmup […]

Short passing and possession

Session Focus: Short passing and receiving Develop short passing and receiving technique. Warmup – Diamond Passing Play starts with one player on each of the orange cones, all other players line up on blue cone. First player must play anti-clockwise to the player on the next cone and follow his pass. This is repeated until […]

Finishing session

Sessions using Coerver practices focused on Passing and Receiving technique. Warmup Setup: 8×6 Area, three groups with one ball. Description: Each team starts with one server who has a ball, all other team mates are on opposite of area in a line facing the server. Players take turns to receive a pass and return the […]

Introduction to Pressure and Cover in Defence

What do the players need to get out of the session? What is the role of the first defender? What is the role of the second defender? Importance of Communication Warmup – Agility / Dribble circuit Half of group completing circuit, other half playing 4v4/3v3 for 6-8mins. “En Garde” – 1v1 progressing to 2v2/4v4

Support in attack

Description: Session to focus on support it attack. Develop players knowledge of where and when to support while their team is in possession. Coaching points: – Movement off the ball – Communication (verbal and non-verbal) – Distance and angle of support – Recycling ball to keep possession – Body shape (Ready to receive the pass) […]