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Cal South E-News | July 2012 COACHING EDUCATION

July 24, 2012

Triangle Training Session

by Elliott Spruell | Cal South

1. 2 vs. 1 Keep-Away

Organization:

- Using cones, mark out 7 x 7 x 7 yard triangular grids.
- Position two attackers (with one ball) outside each grid and one defender inside.

Activities:

- The defender stays inside the grid and tries to intercept passes through it.
- The two attackers may move around the grid but not go in the grid.
- Attackers earn points by passing through the grid.
- If the defender intercepts a pass, they switch places with that attacker.

Variations:

- Vary the size of the triangle.

Coaching Points:

- Movement for support angles.
- Timing of passes.
- Fakes.

Coaching Questions:

- How do you show for the teammate with the ball?
- How close or far away should you be?

2.3 vs. 1 Keep-Away

Organization:

- Set up 10 x 10 yard grids.
- Position three attackers (with one ball) outside each grid and one defender inside.

Activities:

- The three attackers may move around the grid but not into it.
- Attackers earn points by passing through the grid.
- The defender stays inside the grid and tries to intercept passes through it. If successful, they switch places with the passer.

Variations:

- Vary the size of the grids.
- Add a second defender.

Coaching Points:

- Movement for support angles.
- Timing of passes.
- Fakes.
- Assessment of pressure on ball carrier and corresponding adjustment of distance.

Coaching Questions:

- Can you move early to receive a pass?
- Should you move while the ball is moving?
- Does the passer have open passing lanes to both teammates?

3. Four-Goal Game

Organization:

- Set up two 20 x 25-yard grids with two small goals on each of the endlines.
- Divide players into two teams of two defenders and two teams of four attackers.
- Every three minutes, one of the defending players switches with one of his opponents.

Activity:

- Teams play 4 vs. 2 in each grid, with each team attacking two goals.

Variations:

- Teams play 4 vs. 3.
- Teams play 4 vs. 4.

Coaching Points:

- Looking for and creating passing options.
- Group shape (consistently creating triangles).

Coaching Questions:

- Can you give the player with the ball passing options on both sides?
- Can you run to support while the ball is moving?
- How do you figure out where to run before the ball is passed?

4. 6 vs. 6 Game

Organization:

- Mark out a 20 x 40-yard field with a goal on each endline.
- Divide players into to two teams of six including goalkeepers.

Activity:

- Teams play 6 vs. 6.

Coaching Points:

- Reading the game.
- Group shape: consistently creating triangles of goalkeeper kicks and throw-ins.

Coaching Questions:

- Reinforce previously asked questions.

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