Seattle Sounders U-14 Training Session
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by SoccerSpecific
3d ago
This great session came from Othoniel “Junior” Gonzalez during his time with the Seattle Sounders FC as the S2 Assistant Coach.  Gonzalez is currently the Head Coach of LAFC2 and was previously an Assistant Coach with Chicago Fire FC, the Head Coach of LA Galaxy II, Head Coach of Rio Grande Valley FC and Director of Scouting and Assistant Coach for Chivas USA. He has also served as the U.S. Boys U-15 National Team Assistant Coach, as well as the Head Scout for the U-17 National Team for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile. The objective of this session is to encourage possession by play ..read more
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6V6 Attacking Patterns
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by SoccerSpecific
1w ago
Here is an attacking activity from Stuart Sharp, currently the Head Coach of the U.S. Paralympic National Soccer Team. Playing out of a 2-3-1 in attack and defending in a 4-2 block, this activity is a very economic way of utilizing his entire roster of 14 players. Paralympic soccer is 7-a-side format with no offside. Run through these eight patterns to goal focusing on trying to find ways to break down a very compact 4-2 defense. If they drop on top of their goal mouth, utilize shots from distance and service from wide areas. If they maintain a defensive line higher up the field, look to ..read more
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Recovery Runner
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by SoccerSpecific
2w ago
Do you ever train your defenders to deal with a forward that is recovering from an offside position? Are they effective at watching the ball and recognizing the movements of a forward in an offside position? Can they become comfortable being in a uncomfortable game like scenario? Recovery Runner will force them to manage the ball as well as the lurking forward behind them. Plenty of reps for both your forwards and your defenders in this fast paced 2V1 and 3V2 activity! Download Color PDF | Download B&W PDF | Session Planner Permalink Recovery Runner 1. Setup: 16 field players and 2 GKs. Pe ..read more
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Back Four Functional Defending
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by SoccerSpecific
3w ago
Here is a great activity to economically train your eight defenders and work on the different principles of defending. This simple but demanding game will enable your players to learn how and when to apply pressure to the ball, force them to stay connected laterally as well as vertically, teach them to cut off passing lanes, and through communication, develop a cohesive working relationship. Give it a try!! Download Color PDF | Download B&W PDF | Session Planner Permalink Set up: Back four functional defending, 8 players, 44×25 yard field, six small goals. One coach standing behind the mid ..read more
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7v7 Plus 3 Possession
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by SoccerSpecific
1M ago
If you prefer to play out of a 4-3-3 formation and you want your focus to be on the three central midfielders, then try this 7V7+3 possession activity. This simple activity forces your three central midfielders to think and react during transitional moments. Is their spacing realistic? Is there always cover in front of the back four transitioning from offense to defense? Is their speed of play realistic? Try this activity with your team and find out. Download Color PDF | Download B&W PDF | Session Planner Permalink Setup: 7V7+3 functional, position specific possession, 44X45 (top of the pe ..read more
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Eliminating the Defender
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by SoccerSpecific
1M ago
Here is a high intensity session that focuses on different ways of eliminating the opponent as efficiently as possible. Plenty of 1V1, 2V1, 3V3 and 4V3 scenarios. This is great for attacking in small spaces as well as learning how to defend in an overload situation. Enjoy! Download Color PDF | Download B&W PDF | Session Planner Permalink 1. Setup: 16 players working in 5X20 channels, work up and down the ladder as shown. Diagram A Instructions: Ball is played in with pace to the player in the middle of the channel. The player receiving the ball must feel the pressure of the mannequin and m ..read more
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2V1 / 2V2 to Goal
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by SoccerSpecific
1M ago
Do you use the goal as a reference point when teaching your players how to defend? Are your forwards useful when working with their back to goal? How do we truly mimic the speed of play required during the match? Whether you are working with a small group for the day or only 8-10 players show up for training, 2V1/2V2 to Goal is a competitive activity that gives your attackers and defenders plenty of game related repetitions. Download Color PDF | Download B&W PDF | Session Planner Permalink 2V1/2V2 to Goal Setup: 2V1/2V2 to goal with recovery defender. Set up as shown, divide your team into ..read more
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L.A. Rectangle Passing Sequence
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by SoccerSpecific
2M ago
The following is a three-progression, tight-space passing activity that can be used for day before a game, day of travel or regeneration day training. It was observed by SoccerSpecific Staff at an LA Galaxy full team training session. The Galaxy then went on to win the MLS cup. Download Color PDF | Download B&W PDF | Session Planner Permalink Activity #1: Setup: 26 field players plus 3 GK’s. Passing sequence 17X10 yard rectangle, three groups of 9-10 players, three identical set ups. Two players at each cone. 3 variations 2 minutes each, both clockwise and counter clockwise. 10 minutes to ..read more
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Wide Area Rondo
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by SoccerSpecific
2M ago
Here is a great functional 8V8 position specific activity to goal with an emphasis on attacking out of wide areas. Adjust the system of play to fit your teams style of play and personnel. Challenge your players by increasing the difficulty of the wide area rondo. Breakdown a compact opponent by finding ways to combine to get in behind with the #9, #10, and overlapping outside backs, #2 and #3. Download Color PDF | Download B&W PDF | Session Planner Permalink Setup: 8V8 to goal with three counter goals for the defending team in yellow. Red team’s attack is always initiated in a wide area an ..read more
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Barcelona Finishing
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by SoccerSpecific
2M ago
This finishing activity was observed by SoccerSpecific Staff in Barcelona while watching the FC Barcelona youth teams train at their training facility.  This activity will be especially effective in the 14-18 age group, but can be used at higher levels as well. Color PDF | Black & White PDF | Session Planner Permalink Barcelona Finishing Activity Set up: Finishing to two big goals.  Set up as shown.  Two groups of 10-12 players, minimum of two GKs or as numbers permit, 10 balls per group, 10 flats, 4 cones. Barcelona Finishing Activity Instructions: 5 pass sequence with a fi ..read more
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