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Phases of Play

Phases of Play are more realistic practices designed to simulate a specific sections of play within a real match. Here we train units and whole team understanding of the principles of play and tactical understanding. Usually this form of training takes place over 2/3rds of a full size pitch and focuses on a specific aspect of play (attacking down the flanks, counter-attacking, etc). The team being worked with can be overloaded (e.g. 9vs8, 8vs7) and conditions placed on the other team to further create a good learning environment. Various start positions can also be employed to create the game scenario desired.

Phases of Play Sessions

FC Barcelona Defensive Transition

Coach how to regain possession in the final third and how to prevent the opposition playing forwards. Ideally attempting to regain possession of the football in 6 secs if possible...

21-10-2013 Hits:24365 Defending Phases of Play Alexander Trukan - avatar Alexander Trukan

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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:22463 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:16965 Attacking Phases of Play Alexander Trukan - avatar Alexander Trukan

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Coach Defending Direct Play

Defending direction play in a Phase of Play, coaching players on various scenarios of when an opponents attempt to play a direct style of play. ...

11-12-2011 Hits:31097 Defending Phases of Play Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Negative Transition (Shadow Play)

Develop players’ understanding of negative transition and quick recovery to defensive shape. Develop players’ understanding of passing patterns and understanding of rotating positions. Phase of Play instructed and led by the...

27-07-2011 Hits:26915 Defending Phases of Play Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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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:31510 Attacking Phases of Play Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Coach Defending and Marking in Front 3rd

Defending from the front exercise and understanding trapping pockets and how to apply pressure on and steer an opponents back line into forcing turn overs of possession high up the field...

15-02-2011 Hits:19961 Defending 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:24150 Attacking Phases of Play Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Coach Defending Wide Play

Defending priorities in wide areas are coached in this Phase of Play. Players gain an understanding of times to press and options on defending in the wide corridors of the field...

24-01-2011 Hits:22629 Defending 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:15585 Attacking Phases of Play Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Coach Attacking after regaining possessi…

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

20-03-2010 Hits:33403 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:26278 Attacking Phases of Play Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Coach Defending in the Final Third

Defending in the final 3rd and defending priorities. Positioning of the defending line and coaching the principles of defending in the defending half. Movements and spacing of the defending unit to...

07-09-2009 Hits:25334 Defending Phases of Play Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Coach a Team to Exploit Space by Flank P…

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:29626 Attacking Phases of Play Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Coach Combination Play in the Final Thir…

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:33307 Attacking Phases of Play Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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