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    Progressive Overloads – Erik ten Hag

      Basic Organisation: Two goals with keepers at either end of small pitch Four yellow players stand behind their goal, two with a ball at their feet Four red players stand behind their goal, three with a ball at their feet   Objectives: One red player carries ball onto pitch to begin the exercise, before...
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    Dismarking & Breaking Lines

        Basic Organisation: 3 v 3 in middle area 2 neutral players at each end   Objectives: Red team begin as attackers, seeking to help the neutrals get the ball to each other as often as possible, directly or with decoy movements Defending team aim to mark attackers out of game & prevent progression...
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    4v4 with Transitions

      Basic Organisation: Exercise begins with an attacking team of 4 in both end zones Initial defending team has 2 players in ball zone & 2 in middle zone   Objectives: Team with the ball aim to circulate possession & pass to team in the other end zone Active defending team look to press &...
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    4v4+3 Rondo

      Basic Organisation: Four red players positioned around the centre circle, with four yellow players inside. One green player positioned within the yellow players defensive unit, with another green player positioned at both ends of the circle. Ball starts with one of the players on the outside.   Objectives: The team on the outside aims...
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    Attacking & Defending Unbalanced – Pepijn Lijnders

      Basic Organisation: 3v3 with two goalkeepers. Each of the three active red players given number between 1 and 3, as well as the three red players waiting on the outside. Each of the three active yellow players given letter between A and B, as well as the three yellow players waiting on the outside....
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    Central Combinations

      Basic Organisation: Goalkeeper in each end zone. 2 defenders positioned on edge of both end zones, as well as one opposing centre-forward. 3 v 3 free to move to find space in central zone with wings shut off.   Objectives: One of central defenders drops into box to receive from goalkeeper and feed teammate...
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    5v2 Pressing Rondo

      Organisation: 5 attacking players and 2 defending players in a single grid. Attacking players start with possession of the ball.   Objectives: Attacking players look to retain possession for as many passes as possible. Defending players try to intercept passes and recover possession. If the defending players can complete an interception...
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    1v1s & When To Support

      Basic Organisation: area split in two, with one attacker vs one defender on each side. additional attacker placed on the centre line. main goal with keeper for attackers to score in. one small goal on each side of opposite end for defenders to counter into. coach starts with ball.   Objectives: Coach feeds the...
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    Possession & Counterpressing – Thomas Tuchel

      Basic Organisation: 6 attacking players just inside grid providing width and depth. 6 defending players in the middle. 3 additional attackers between defensive lines.   Objectives: 6 attacking players aim to retain possession and penetrate defensive lines to feed 3 attackers between lines. 6 defenders aim to prevent passes through to ce...
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    Individual Ball-Retention

      Basic Organisation: Playing space split into two. Teams split into two with different colour bibs. Half of yellow team occupy one side of pitch, each with a ball and a red player marking them. Other half of both teams occupiesthe other side of pitch, this time with the reds having a ball each and...
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    3rd Man Running

      Basic organisation: Playing space divided into thirds. Goalkeeper at each end. 5v5 outfield with 1v1 in end zones and 3v3 in middle zone.   Objectives: Both teams look to progress possession into the final third. When pass played into forward, 3rd man runner can move into final third to receive from the forward. 3rd...
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    5v4 Possession

      Basic Organisation: Main area with 5 attackers and 4 defenders. Two mini goals behind defenders. Two gates and an ‘end zone’ behind attackers. Ball returns to attacking team for each restart.   Objectives: Attacking team look to move opponents and create space/lanes to progress through and score in one of the two mini goals....
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    Draw Out to Play Through

      Basic Organisation: Attacking team begin with a 5+GK vs 2 inside the first phase of build-up. Grid ends approx 25 yards out from goal. 3 additional defending players are positioned just outside the grid. Further forward, 2 attackers flank the last man on the defending team. Small goal either side of centre-circle.   Objectives:...
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    Breaking Lines – Diego Simeone

      Basic Organisation: 4 zones on both halves of the grid. Both teams have a player in each of the four zones in their half, with two teammates positioned near the two mini goals in the opponents half. Defending players must stay in their zones, strikers can move between zones to receive but must stay...
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    7+1 vs 5 Possession

      Basic organisation: 7 attackers form rondo shape inside grid. 1 additional attacker positioned in the centre. 5 defenders positioned inside the rondo.   Objectives: Attacking players must get the ball into the pivot player as many times as possible. One point is given each time he receives possession. Once he has the ball, he...
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    Forward Passing & Finding Space

      Basic Organisation: Small pitch with 5v5. 1 goal at each end. Goalkeepers optional.   Objectives: Both teams must pass forward only, before looking to score in the opponent’s goal. Teammates support ball occupant by finding space ahead of him to allow the play to progress. Defenders look to block off forward lanes and force...
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    Breaking Lines

      Basic Organisation: 2 separate identical grids. Each with two start/end zones seperated by middle zone. In one of the grids, the reds are the attacking team and have two players in both the start and end zone, as well as two players in the middle zone. Two yellow players also occupy the middle zone...
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    Breaking lines & final 3rd combinations

      Basic organisation: Central grid from half-way line to goal. Wide areas seperated in line with the sides of penalty box. Two attacking players on first line and two on last line. One free attacker in between. One attacker in both wide areas. Three defending players on two seperate lines and a goalkeeper. Ball starts...
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    Dismarking

      Basic organisation: Grid with 4 players on each side and a small goal placed at both ends. Players on both teams assigned numbers from 1 to 4, matching the players directly across from them. Coach calls a number and passes the ball into centre to start the play.   Objectives: Players on both sides...
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    Receiving with pressure from behind

      Basic organisation: 3 players in each grid. 2 attackers and 1 defender. One attacker drops to receive possesion with back to goal. Feeder starts at the base of the grid with ball. Defender presses dropping attacker from behind.   Objectives: Dropping attacker looks to receive and combine with teammate to breakthrough at opposite end,...
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    Overload to Isolate

      Basic Organisation: Begin with 5 attacking players in grid on one side of the field. ‘Switcher’ for attacking team positioned outside the possession grid at the half-way line. Additional attacker positioned in the far half-space. Defending team begin with 2 players inside box. 3 more defenders start on the edge of the penalty are...
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    Penetrative Passing & Dribbling Warm-Up

      Basic organisation: Passers positioned across from eachother on horizontal lanes. Dribblers start across from eachother on one vertical lane. One ball in total for dribbling group. One ball between two passers.   Objectives: Passers try to pass to the teammate directly across from them as many times as possible, without hitting dribbler...
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