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Trends within the modern game

Below we discuss some of the more significant trends in modern professional football.

Central Area Penetration 

There has been a significant trend in an increased number of goals being scored from central areas of the field.  A 2009 UEFA technical report stated "Approximately one third of open play goals came from central area penetration.”  In Euro 2000, 50% of all the goals scored by France were created from this central area.

Game Speed (Time on the ball)

Across professional leagues the average ball contact time was appox 2.7 secs.  The number of touches in possession was 2.1.  An increase in one touch passing and more goals being generated from limited touch football.  

How to beat the defensive block

The below numbers shown the trends in how teams are able to break through a defensive block:

Getting Free “In The Hole”  39%

Crosses  35%

Solo Play  34%

Central Through Passes  27%

1 Touch Passes  27%

1-2 Combination Play  25%

Long Passes  25%

Positional Changes 

Pre-Game Warm Ups

Dynamic Soccer Warm Up

Warm-up with dynamic exercises to be used prior to training or games. Increase internal body temperature and decrease the risk of injury. Also used for mental preparation & focus prior...

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Bayern Munich Pre-Game Warm Up

Possession Warm-Up rondo activity involving 11 players. Dynamic position specific technical warm-up to increase the heart rate and prepare for a match. Should be performed after a standard dynamic warm-up...

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Warmup Recovery Circuit

Warm-up or regeneration session activity with dynamic activities built in with various intensities. Agility and dynamic stretching involved in this activity to build physical and mental preparation. ...

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Walking Soccer Warmup

Warm-Up Routine that is basic for either pre-game or pre-training sessions and includes heading and volleying techniques also. Dynamic exercises are built in. This routine should be followed up with...

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Liverpool Heading/Volley Warmup

Warm-up activity in a small sided game that integrates heading technique and co-operation.

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Ball Steal

Warm-up with competition for younger players specifically. Agility and SAQ techniques involved in this competitive warm-up activity to build physical and mental preparation and develop team work.

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Progressive Chase (Agility and Quickness…

Warm-up small sided game (No footballs). Competitive activity involving SAQ and changes of direction training. ...

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Pinnie Chase Agility

Warm-up activity with chasing and agility and SAQ movements built in. Players compete in intense bouts of activity for short periods. ...

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Dragon Agility

Defending priorities in and around the 18yrd area. Focusing on preventing goal scoring opportunities and small group defending techniques.

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Agility Chase

Warm-up activity in groups with a focus on SAQ skills and communication and competition. Can in interspersed with dynamic stretching also. Suggested as a practice warm-up only. ...

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7vs7 Possession with GKs

Possession based warm-up activity that involves the GKs. 1/2 field possession session that can be performed either prior to a training session or game. ...

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Aerial Control Drill (Horse Shoes)

Technical warm-up that involves lofted passing to a partner and developing first touch and aerial control. Advanced technical activity for higher level footballers with the ability to clip a football...

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Speed Clock (Dribbling/Control)

Warm-up activity using dribbling as a key foundation. Can be interspersed with dynamic stretching activities as desired. Prepare players for a game by increasing core body temperature. Actively warm up...

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Possession Warm up (Includes GKs)

Warm-up including the GKs and outfield players. Dynamic warm-up that can be interspersed with dynamic stretching in between bouts of possessional play. Typically used as a training warm-up and not...

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Liverpool Throw/Catch Warm Up

Warm-up small sided game used at Liverpool involving throwing and catching skills.

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Soccer Tennis SAQ Drills

Soccer tennis with SAQ (Speed, Agility & Quickness) functional exercises built in to the game. Co-ordination training with high level skill exercise that can also be made competitive as needed...

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Soccer Tennis

Warm-Up training game that is basic for either pre-game or pre-training sessions. Dynamic exercises are built in. This routine should be followed up with a football related activity. Dynamic stretching activities...

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Arsenal Warm Up Drill

Warm-Up Routine that is basic for either pre-game or pre-training sessions. Dynamic exercises are built in. This routine should be followed up with a football related activity. Dynamic stretching activities...

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Warm Up Routine 4

Warm-Up Routine that is basic for either pre-game or pre-training sessions. Dynamic exercises are built in. This routine should be followed up with a football related activity. Dynamic stretching activities...

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Warm Up Routine 3

Warm-Up Routine that is basic for either pre-game or pre-training sessions. Dynamic exercises are built in. This routine should be followed up with a football related activity. Dynamic stretching activities...

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Warm Up Routine 2

Warm-Up Circuit that can be used prior to a game or training session to build core temperatures and also dynamically stretch muscles in order to prepare for physical exercise. Should...

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Warm Up Routine 1

Dynamic warm-up activity including several injury and physical activity preparation exercises that can be performed prior to a match or training session. A list of all the dynamic stretches are...

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