It is a very difficult time to be coaching players around the world. So to help you I have created the Coaching Classroom where you can download lessons to give to your players online.
If you want to break down a tight defence I have created a lesson for the coaching classroom on Penetration. How often do we see through balls splitting defences in the Premier League? Players need to work together through Support play or Communication to link up on Creating space and getting through or beyond a tight defence.
And to stop those penetrating passes you can coach the lesson Compactness, something that all teams need to understand to help them defend their goal. Compactness can be defined as the tight positioning between teammates both vertically and horizontally.
Compact teams are organised and well trained to keep their shape and work as an interconnected unit. The spaces between the players should be restricted, with the defence, midfield, and attack close enough to communicate with each other.
The shorter distances between individual players makes penetrative passes more difficult as the passing lanes are minimised, whilst multiple players can challenge the same through ball.
In most situations the optimal area to control is the centre of the pitch where most attacks will develop. It also offers a great platform to win which gives a greater range of potential movements whilst it offers the best platform to access alternative spaces.
To help you coach your players in the Principles of Defending and Attacking I have created ten lessons in the Coaching Classroom.
It’s a section of the website that we’ve developed to introduce and develop key principles of the game without limiting the amount of time players spend with a ball at their feet at training sessions.
I’ve created TEN lesson plans for you to deliver to your players online, building a valuable set of lessons for you to go back to time and again.
Soccer Coach Weekly subscribers can immediately access all the materials they need for the ten lessons including Compactness and Penetration:
How well do you and your players know the Principles of Play? Give your players lessons online. This unique online class will help your players master the basic tactics and skills used in one of the Defending Principles of Play – Compactness MORE
How well do you and your players know the Principles of Play? Give your players lessons online. This unique online class will help your players master the basic tactics and skills used in one of the Attacking Principles of Play – Penetration MORE
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