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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 

Attacking Phases of Play

Building up from the Back

Role of players when playing out the back. Role of midfield players when central defender is in possession. Role of central defenders when midfield player is in possession. Develop players understandings...

14-10-2013 Hits:41456 Attacking Phases of Play Alexander Trukan - avatar Alexander Trukan

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Coach Fullbacks to Overlap Effectively

Learn how to make an effective run to create space/cross/shoot. Learn how to recognize the right moment to overlap and exploit in wide flank areas. Learn also how to make...

17-07-2013 Hits:30921 Attacking Phases of Play Alexander Trukan - avatar Alexander Trukan

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Coach Forward Runs Without the Ball

Developing attacking runs of forward and midfield players to create goal scoring opportunities. In this small phase of play the players are coached on potential runs they can use to...

19-04-2011 Hits:46513 Attacking Phases of Play Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Coach Crossing and Finishing

Developing the ability of a team to generate and serve appropriately weighted passes and crosses into the 18yrd area to create goal threats. ...

03-02-2011 Hits:36151 Attacking Phases of Play Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Coach Finishing From Distance

Coaching finishing from distance in a Phase of Play. Developing opportunities around the 18yrd area to generate distance shots on goal. ...

15-12-2010 Hits:26338 Attacking Phases of Play Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Coach Attacking after regaining possession in the midfield

Attacking transition exercise (Phase of Play) to coach regaining possession in the midfield and the movements associated with this action. ...

20-03-2010 Hits:47041 Attacking Phases of Play Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Coach Central Attacking

Developing central attacking play through a Phase of Play with players operating in specific positions. Attacking principles of play should be coached with an emphasis on breaking a team down...

19-03-2010 Hits:38879 Attacking Phases of Play Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Coach a Team to Exploit Space by Flank Players Driving Inside

Session to train the ability of wide players (wingers) to drive inside from the flanks to create space either for themselves or others. We look at the moment of the...

15-01-2009 Hits:42162 Attacking Phases of Play Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Coach Combination Play in the Final Third

Combination play in the final 3rd exercise related to breaking down a teams defending block. Exploiting the various combination play possible from the front players working to move our opponents...

12-01-2009 Hits:48821 Attacking Phases of Play Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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