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- 08/11/18--22:00: Attacking from a 3-5-2 Formation
- 08/13/18--22:00: Individual Skills for Central Midfielders
- The movement and supporting angles needed from supporting players.
- Reading the play and making the proper decisions based on positioning.
- Runs that trigger other runs in the midfield third.
- The importance of scanning and checking your shoulder for better vision.
- 08/13/18--22:00: Playing the 4-2-3-1 System
- training players to recognize the proper visual cues defensively and offensively
- showing players how to choose the best type of run on the attack
- developing player skills appropriate for each position
with Jay Entlich,
Columbus State University Women's Head Coach;
2015 NCAA Division II National Runner-Up, 10 straight NCAA National Tournament Appearances (2006-15), 4x Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year; 12x Conference Champs
Jay Entlich shows you how to incorporate the 3-5-2 system of play into your program. He breaks the system down into three phases and explains each in detail before taking the field for a live practice.
You'll learn how to position players based on defensive pressure on the ball. These tactics will give your team options no matter what situation or position they're in.
Throughout Coach Entlich's 3-5-2 practice session, he keeps 22 players participating in the game for the entire practice. He uses "in-game" coaching points to teach individuals and also stops play occasionally to make team tactical points.
Phase I - Getting used to the System of Play for a 3-5-2
Phase I is an unopposed phase, which allows your players to get used to the nuances of positional reads as the game develops. Coach Entlich makes coaching points during play as well as stop action rehearsals as players get used to how they fit in the system.
Phase II - Adds opposition and forces players to think and make decisions on the fly
Phase II adds opposition playing in the same formation, but with an adjustment in the midfield that gives you two options on how to play the system.
- One style is more aggressive, using two attacking central midfielders.The other style is more defensive, using two defending central midfielders.
Coach Entlich sets up an activity that helps bring out individual positional play and descriptions so all players can understand their roles and those of their teammates.
Phase III - The real game!
Phase III advances to two teams with goalkeepers in a real game, but with a modification to emphasize the key advantages to using the 3-5-2 system of play. Coach Entlich has players work on playing through the center of the field so when one team is in possession, the other team must have two of their center mids kneel down. This creates an advantage and promotes success in the attack. Your players will absorb and adapt to the formation while being totally engaged in playing the real game.
This video is a complete dissection of the 3-5-2 style of play and a step-by-step method to incorporate it into your program. Your team will learn the expected runs of all supporting players, how to make decisions on the fly, combining to beat defenders and how to place the ball into dangerous areas.
68 minutes. 2016.
with Brandon Koons,
Otterbein University Head Women's Soccer Coach;
2010 NCAA D-III Final Four; 8x Ohio Athletic Conference regular-season and 5x OAC Tournament Champions;
5x OAC Coach of the Year; has earned a USSF "B" License and an NSCAA Premier Diploma
Midfielders are one of the more important positions in the game and need to constantly support and help their teammates.
In this video, Brandon Koons shows you how he trains the technical application of individual skills for midfielders to dominate the center of the field. You will learn how important it is to have the correct body shape, timing of runs, proper decision making, and the right attitude to excel.
Coach Koons breaks up this video into three keys areas. Within each, he breaks down and shows numerous progressions that will help your team be dangerous in the midfield. Coach Koons provides in-depth illustrations both on a white board and on the field to show key technical elements for your players. Coach Koons explains the teaching points he emphasizes during the exercises:
Koons addresses the ability to turn in a dynamic setting by demonstrating a three-man unopposed passing pattern that lays the foundation to his team's ability to turn and play forward. The emphasis in this drill is on developing a good sense of rhythm when passing and making sure the angles of support are correct. He progresses by adding additional ways to be able to turn and face up the opposition.
Watch as Coach Koons walks his team through dealing with overweighted passes and how the center middies take pace off the ball to make a successful turn and pass. Conversely, see how to deal with an underweighted pass. The benefits of proper body positioning and an awareness of the playing environment are also discussed.
Passing and Dribbling
Koons walks through a series of passing and dribbling progressions that encourage good on-ball and off-ball movement. Throughout the progressions, he encourages ball movement through an emphasis on creativity, which is supported by communication, touch quality, an understanding of run shape, and an awareness of game space.
Learn a great progression to work on tight overlapping runs and how the center midfielder moves and interacts within a confined area. See how Koons teaches his players the different types of runs they can make to not only create space for themselves, but also the ability to combine and find third man runners. Throughout the unopposed exercises, he continues to stress how important off the ball movement can be to rip even the most compact defenses apart in a competitive environment.
The overlapping drills build on the prior drills in this video and are a good way to tie the session together.
Although designed for the center midfielder, these drills will benefit players of any position, including goalies. Koons does a great job detailing the drills on a whiteboard and then taking it to the field. Every coach must teach their team how to skillfully play through the midfield, and Coach Koons gives you the tools to do just that - and more!
126 minutes. 2017.
with Marcus Wood, Hardin-Simmons University Head Women's Soccer Coach;
2010 NCAA D-III National Champions; 2010 NSCA National Coach of the Year;
ranks third all-time among NCAA women's soccer coaches at all levels in career winning percentage (.868); 8x American Southwest Conference Coach of the Year; 11x American Southwest Conference champions (including 10 in a row); over 230 career wins; NCAA Record 145 game conference unbeaten streak
Develop the key techniques and tactics needed to support a reliable system of play.
Defensively, it allows you to stay organized and compact. Offensively, it allows you to keep numbers around the ball and maintain possession.
Because it provides defensive stability while still allowing your team to attack aggressively, the 4-2-3-1 is widely used throughout the word. Top-level clubs like Barcelona rely on this system to consistently dominate their opposition .
Using bulleted coaching points, game footage, tactical chalkboard study and in-depth analysis, Coach Wood breaks down each vital component of successful soccer play using the 4-2-3-1 system. Key coaching points include:
Coach Wood pays special attention to each required skill and shows them in action through game play. All 11 positions are technically and tactically reviewed to help you know when and how to apply the appropriate coaching points. You'll also learn how to use this information to develop player skills that are appropriate for each position, In addition to the wealth of knowledge and detail provided by Wood, all coaching points and techniques are displayed in a format that will allow you to share the information with your players.
The 4-2-3-1 system may sound complex, but with Coach Wood's tips and tactics you and your players will be able to play in this formation with confidence.
73 minutes. 2013.