January 31, 2017

The following is the full detailed session of Carolina Morace  dealing with the "Covered and uncovered ball" back 4 training

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June 20, 2016

 The following are two Game Situations exercises designed to train transition.The video illustrates how it works, while the graphic can be a good reference point for the coach for his session.

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1v1 Transitional Game



April 19, 2016

In the previous session we introduced basic zonal defending concepts and the movements of 3 players.
In this session, we train the back 3 with the midfielders in more realistic game situations. After a warm up, we focus on the functional play of the back 3...

April 10, 2016

 As I mentioned in my previous article, unlike training the back four, where players are taught as one independent defensive unit, in training the back 3, the three defenders need to train together with the midfielders.

In this intro training session for th...

March 30, 2016

More and more I have noticed youth coaches adopting systems of play where their back line is made

up of three players, rather than the classical four. The natural question that comes to mind is: does this happen as a result of trends coming from the pro leve...

March 5, 2016

It is no secret that one of the most important situations during     

a game of soccer is the 1v1.During the course of a game, attackers have to decide whether to beat opponents by dribbling or passing the ball, while defenders have to pr...

February 12, 2016

When defending zonally, each player is responsible to defend an assigned area (zone) of the field. Defenders also have the responsibility to put immediate pressure on any opponent entering their zone, and to provide cover to other teammates in the adjacent...

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