Creative Soccer Training

Peter Schreiner introduces:

Highly Recommended – A Collection of Excellent Drills

350 Smart and Practical Games to Form Intelligent Players – For All Levels

Creative_Soccer_Training
Creative_Soccer_Training

This book is considered a sequel to the book The Soccer Games and Drills Compendium. 350 Smart and Practical Games and Drills to Form Intelligent Players–For Advanced Levels, published in 2016, and its content and quality build on that of its prequel.

In The Soccer Games and Drills Compendium is fundamental training content such as passing, dribbling, shots on goal, feints, juggling, and dueling. Additional key subjects are transitioning and reacting, chaos and action, different ways to start a game, active defense, tournaments, tactical exercises, and athletics.

350 Smart and Practical Games and Drills to Form Intelligent Players–For Advanced Levels, the authors continue their realistic training approach and differentiate the key aspects of basic and classic soccer training.

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The Topics are:

  1. Introduction and classification
  2. Training exercises
    1. Passing and ball control
    2. Shot on goal and exploiting the ball
    3. Tackling and transitioning
    4. Chasing and capturing
    5. Cognition and perception
    6. Pre-orientation and over-the-shoulder glance
  3. Games
    1. Opening techniques and different ways to start a soccer game
    2. Rondos and possession
    3. Ball circulation and playing foot
    4. Color games and adversary games
    5. Target areas and target zones
    6. Seams and vertical play
    7. Action speed and playing ability
    8. Game ideas and rule variations
    9. Playing fields and zone rules
  4. Competitive games
    1. 1-on-1
    2. 2-on-2
    3. Team against team
  5. Athletic training
    1. Activation
    2. Correcting exercises
    3. Self-massage
    4. Sling training
  6. Creative coaching tips

Example 1:

The Soccer Games and Drills Compendium - Drill 2-3-15
The Soccer Games and Drills Compendium – Drill 2-3-15

Execution

  1. After completing an opening technique in the form of a dribble and a shot on goal, the different game situations begin.
  2. The BLUE team always attacks goal A and the RED team always attacks goal B.
  3. Players A and B simultaneously start the opening technique and, after a signal from the coach, dribble toward each other (see 1).
  4. Players A and B dribble past each other (see 2), turn left toward the respective opposing goal, and both finish on that goal (see 3).
  5. Next, the coach chooses one of the four players waiting outside with a ball, one at a time (see players D, E, and F).
  6. After completing a predetermined passing sequence (see 4), the first player chosen (here player C) moves into the field in possession (see 5) for the subsequent 2-on-1 on goal A.
  7. The outside players C, D, E, and F each get involved via a double pass with the outside players G, H, I, and J (see 4 and 5) positioned in front of them.
  8. After their shots on goal, the players A and B immediately transition and get into offensive (see 6) and defensive (see 7) mode for the next 2-on-1.
  9. After a goal is scored from the 2-on-1 or the ball has left the field, the coach chooses the next player to immediately dribble into the field via the predetermined passing sequence.
  10. One by one, the coach calls up the outside players C, D, E, and F, creating corresponding superior and inferior-number situations.
  11. After he has activated these four players he plays a pass to one of the four remaining outside players G, H, I, and J.
  12. The player receiving the pass settles the ball and dribbles into the field. The three remaining players also start into the field.
  13. A closing 5-on-5 situation ensues.

Points system: Goal scored during opening technique (1 point)/goal scored with superior number (2 points)/goal scored with inferior number (3 points)

Example 2:

CREATIVE SOCCER TRAINING - Drill 2.4.7
CREATIVE SOCCER TRAINING – Drill 2.4.7

Execution

  1. Players are divided into multiple teams of two players each.
  2. There are two teams playing 4-on-2 on each of the two fields (see teams C/B and D/E).
  3. The players on each field circulate a ball (see 1) and try to prevent a turnover via the respective defending players (see team A).
  4. Teams A and F are positioned at the starting positions outside the first field. The first team (see team A) starts the first action and both players run onto the first field without a ball (see 2) to intercept a pass (see 2) and to play the captured ball off the field.
  5. After a successful capture, team A has fulfilled its task and remains on the first field for a subsequent action. The team that loses the ball (here team C) switches to defense and runs from the first to the second field (see 4) to try to win the ball from teams D and E in possession on the second field.
  6. Meanwhile the coach brings a new ball onto the first field and teams A and B begin to circulate the new coach’s ball in their own ranks without an opponent.
  7. After team C has won the ball on the new field (see 4), a new team F (see 6) starts from the starting position to capture the ball from teams A and B on the first field.
  8. After team C captures the ball, the team losing possession on the second field (see team D or E) leaves the field and takes over starting position F.
  9. Team C remains on the second field with the team in possession (see team D or E). Right away the coach also brings a new ball into the game on the second field.

Variation
After ten successful passes in 4-on-2 without the opposing team touching the ball (see team A on the first field or team C on the second field), the team not in possession (see team A or C) must change to the other field without a ball to try to capture the ball there.

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