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T-Test (Agility)

Set out four cones as illustrated in the diagram above (5 yards = 4.57 m, 10 yards = 9.14 m). The subject starts at cone A. On the command of...

04-09-2011 Hits:25106 Agility Drills Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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20 Yrd Agility Test

Set up three marker cones in a straight line, exactly five yards apart - cones B, A (center) and C. At each cone place a line across using marking tape...

04-08-2011 Hits:21169 Agility Drills Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Chelsea Sprint Chase (Agility Races)

Develop players’ ability to accelerate and change direction (turning technique). Develop players’ ability to decelerate. SAQ Exercise that could be ideally integrated as part of a introduction or warm-up to...

16-07-2011 Hits:26194 Agility Drills Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Illinois Agility Test

The Illinois Agility Test (Getchell, 1979) is a commonly used test of agility in sports.  It measures  the ability to change position and direction.  The length of the course is...

04-06-2011 Hits:20465 Agility Drills Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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SAQ Circuit (Skill Stations)

Technical warm-up circuit that can include SAQ work as well. Players work in 2 groups and get to perform a variety of technical skills as well as preparing the body...

15-05-2011 Hits:37245 Agility Drills Ray
Power - avatar Ray Power

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Agility/Plyometric Circuit 1

SAQ activity that can be used as a warm-up or agility circuit to develop co-ordination, reaction and the development of fast twitch muscle fiber in football. ...

07-12-2010 Hits:35256 Plyometric Drills Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Agility Races 3

SAQ activity with basic agility runs developing reaction skills both mentally and physically. Can be made competitive between teams or players. ...

27-11-2010 Hits:22040 Agility Drills Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Reaction and Agility Catch

Speed and agility exercise that develops reactions of football players in response to a football chase. Footballers incorporate speed, agility and quickness (SAQ) activities to be successful at this particular...

14-12-2008 Hits:30884 Agility Drills Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Set out four cones as illustrated in the diagram above (5 yards = 4.57 m, 10 yards = 9.14 m). The subject starts at cone A. On the command of the timer, the subject sprints to cone B and touches the base of the cone with their right hand. They then turn left and shuffle sideways to cone C, and also touches its base, this time with their left hand. Then shuffling sideways to the right to cone D and touching the base with the right hand. They then shuffle back to cone B touching with the left hand, and run backwards to cone A. The stopwatch is stopped as they pass cone A. Players cannot cross their feet when shuffling or the trail does not count. Note, there are many variations of the T-Test.

Fig 1. T-Test

Males (seconds) Females (seconds)
Excellent < 9.5 < 10.5
Good 9.5 to 10.5 10.5 to 11.5
Average 10.5 to 11.5 11.5 to 12.5
Poor > 11.5 > 12.5

Management Articles

Systems Football (Attacking Phase)

Tutorial detailing analysis on the attacking phase of the style of play known as 'Tika-Taka' (otherwise known as Possession Football or Systems Football). Understanding the methodology and strategies behind this style...

10-02-2014 Hits:7945 Match Management Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Defending Principles of Play

Tutorial detailing the concepts integral behind defending and creating ways to prevent opponents from scoring. Delay, Depth, Concentration (Compaction), Balance, Discipline/Patience in the defending phase.

04-01-2012 Hits:28344 Match Management Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Attacking Principles of Play

Tutorial detailing the concepts integral behind attacking and creating ways to penetrate against a well organized defending unit. Penetration, Support, Width, Mobility, Improvisation/Creativity in relation to the attacking phase. ...

02-01-2012 Hits:26209 Match Management Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Developing Possession from the Back

Possession is paramount to modern football coaching. With top level players on teams like Manchester United, FC Barcelona, and Arsenal acheiving pass completion rates of over 90% more passes are...

15-07-2011 Hits:16005 Match Management Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Modern Football 2011+

Within just the past decade the game has evolved without question. Professional team keep possession for longer periods, with longer passing sequences. The completion rate of passing is higher. Counter...

07-07-2010 Hits:17622 Match Management Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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