Exercise to Enforce Positional Discipline in the Attacking Phase

When attacking it is common for teams to lose discipline as players become excited by the idea of scoring and make forward runs that can potentially leave the team vulnerable if the attack were to break down.  This is very easy to spot in amateur 5-a-side teams. Usually the team attacking is held up by…

Pep Guardiola Warm Up Bayern Munich – 21 May 2015

From┬áPep Guardiola Training Session With Bayern Munich – 21 May 2015 6 minutes 30 seconds total. Conducted on 10m corridor at the side of half of pitch. All exercises performed to end of 10m and then slight jog back to start line. Led by conditioning coach demonstrating next exercise as players walk back to start…

Pep Guardiola Possession Exercise With Xavi/Lahm Role

4 reds, 4 blues and 3 yellows. Small grid with a yellow on each end and a yellow playing the Xavi/Lahm role. When in possession the 4 blues join with the yellows to make 7v4. Pep instructs the players to expand and fill the corners leaving the play maker free in the centre. The red…

Escape Channels

As a player I really enjoy keep ball style games in grids because it helps improve your decision making. The problem with this exercise for me was always the lack of direction which made it very unrealistic. In a normal game when you start to approach the opponents goal the defence will start to put…

4v2 Possesion

Instructions 6 players are divided into 3 teams and put in a grid divided into 4 sub grids. 1 team starts in the middle and the remaining 4 players are given a grid each within the main grid. The objective is for the 2 players in the middle to win the ball back or force…

3 Player Passing Drill

Instructions Player B passes the ball to Player A who is stood behind and to the right of the static defender C. Player A returns the ball to B using his right foot and then side steps to the left of C and returns the ball with his left foot. Aim to do this as…

Warm-up Drill 2

Instructions The 10 starting outfield players are split into 2 teams in the square creating a 5v5. Substitutes are positioned evenly outside the square. The 5 players in the square try to keep possession for as long as possible using the players on the outside who only have 1 touch and cannot play to other…

Warm-up Drill 1

Instructions Players line up in pairs behind first cone. Players jog towards the second cone performing a dynamic movement e.g. Side to sides, backwards run. When the players reach the second cone they peel off to the side and jog slowly back to the first cone. They then repeat using a different dynamic movement each…

3+ Player Passing Drill

Instructions Player A runs towards player B and plays a wall pass with his left foot. Player A then shuffles backwards around the starting cone and runs towards Player C and this time plays a wall pass with his right foot and shuffles back to the start position and repeats until coach signals the players…