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Articles and theoretical discussions into football development and science in the modern game.

Title Created Date
Systems Football (Attacking Phase) 10 February 2014
Defending Principles of Play 04 January 2012
Attacking Principles of Play 02 January 2012
Developing Possession from the Back 15 July 2011
Modern Football 2011+ 07 July 2010

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:10787 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:34856 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:32302 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:18511 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:19842 Match Management Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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