June 16 marked the beginning of our position-focused training sessions.
Of course most sessions we run have positional play development going on. But this is different with respect to focus, and magnitude.
What I’m talking about here is segregating the players by time. It’s not uncommon for the pros to do this (ie defense shows up for training in the morning, offense in the evening).
Same concept here. And we combined the U10s and U11s.
Defenders (11:15am practice starts. Ends around 1pm)
10’s – Jonathan, Jeffrey, Chuy, Oscar, Alexis, Imanol, Artur
11’s – Mikey, Justin, Louie, Richard
Back 5 worked on ball circulation out of the back … continue perfecting the spacing and movements in unison under all scenarios. Low pressure, high pressure, goalkicks, open play, with the lead, when losing.
Midfielders (12:15 – 2:00)
10’s – Oscar Cervantes, Jesus, Romario, Artur, Imanol
11’s – Charlie, Alex, Cesar, Togo, Effra, Jonathan
Worked on finding the spaces and gaps behind opposition’s midfield line. So while we circulate the ball instead of simply checking back, we work on losing your man, getting between their mf line and back line to run at defense and create danger. Also worked on mf pressure in unison with forwards under all scenarios.
Forwards (1:00 – 2:30)
10’s – Pablo, Jacob, Brian, Willie, Artur
11’s – Misa, Jona, Uly, John
Forwards worked on our defensive pressure in unison to continue to perfect our movements. Worked on how the weak side winger needs to stay wide, so when we win possession back we have an instant reference point to switch point of attack and create a 2 v 1.
Finally, attacking patterns with detailed individual decision making on and off the ball under various scenarios for the wingers and central attacker.
If you notice, there is some overlap in the times. This is by design.
So for instance:
- the midfielders will warm up and then be used to apply pressure on the defenders
- when the forwards show up, they warm up, and are then used in our synchronized defensive pressure training