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Outside chances: Offensive tactics for wingers (06/14)

A practice session for ages U10–U14, focusing on offensive 1 v. 1 tactics

In September we gave you a session on “Beating the defender in back-to-goal situations.” Now we’re looking at another aspect of 1 v. 1 attacking play: position-specific tactics for outside forwards. To set up shooting opportunities from the wings, they need to be able to deal with a variety of game situations. In this session, we focus on passing and dribbling combinations.
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Situation-specific technique training, Part 1: Shooting (06/14)

Practicing shooting techniques in the situations where you really need them!

When we train technique, we tend to forget that technique and tactics are tightly interwoven. After all, the “right” technique always depends on the situation at hand, so choosing it requires making a tactical decision. In past issues of Success in Soccer, Kathrin Peter has brought us in-depth articles on many different aspects of technique and tactics. This time, she combines the two with an exploration of when to sidefoot the ball, when to use the instep and when to shoot with the laces.
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Controlling with confidence (05/14)

A practice session for ages U6–U10, focusing on receiving technique

Receivers need to be able to get every ball down to the ground and start dribbling away immediately. In this session we’ll work on receiving and controlling the ball, starting out passing on the ground to keep it simple. The next step is to have players throw the ball to each other. Your job is to make sure the technical quality is always there, no matter what kind of pass is involved.
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Beating the defender in back-to-goal situations (05/14)

A practice session for ages U10–U14, focusing on offensive 1 v. 1 tactics

Forward passes often put the receiver in a 1 v. 1 situation with a defender on his or her back—so attackers have to learn how to shield the ball, get away from defenders and then quickly turn to face downfield. In this session, players are confronted with back-to-goal 1 v. 1s in every activity. And to keep training realistic, every forward pass is combined with a shot on goal.
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When? What? How? Three ??? for the “last practice” (05/14)

What you need to know to prepare your players for game day

“Wow, this session turned out to be brutal!” Or: “Was I a little too easy on them today?” Have you ever had thoughts like these after (or during) your last training session before a match? How do we know how to plan and run the “last practice”? Push your players too hard, whether physically or mentally, and the result could be a game-day disaster. But that can also happen if you don’t push them hard enough! This article will help you walk the fine line between those two extremes.
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