Getting Players to Look Up

I recently read a very interesting article where a 4th division Brazilian side recorded a higher pass completion rate when they played against top-flight Fluminense. And the secret? Shower caps! Using the caps [instead of bibs in training] improves peripheral vision. It stops players from getting unnecessarily fancy – it makes them look up to…

Pep Guardiola 6v2 Rondo Bayern Munich – 21 May 2015

From Pep Guardiola Training Session With Bayern Munich – 21 May 2015 3 groups of 8 players. 6 x 5 meter squared areas. 15 minutes 6 players around a 5 meter squared area. 1 touch. The player who loses possession has to replace 1st of 2 defenders, they will then stay in for 2 turns. Anything over 20…

Colour System

Alongside many references to Mourinho’s bible there are sometimes references to a “Colour System”, “Colour Box System” or “Colour Coding System”. The Colour System seems to be a way for Mourinho’s teams to respond in a coordinated way to certain situations. I want a team that at any given time, in a given situation, all players…

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…

Pre-season training 2013 – session 6

Notes Manager instructed players who were early to keep the ball up in groups. Half pitch with full size goals was set up. Pitch was separated into 3 sections for defence, midfield and attack. Group was divided into 3 teams of 7 wearing different colour bibs. The session consisted of 2 teams playing 2 touch…

Pre-season training 2013 – session 5

Notes Basic warm-up, 2 laps of pitch and static stretches. 4 player passing drill starting with short passes then gradually moving the cones further away to make longer passes. 2v2 player attack and defend drill with 2 neutral players. 8v8 transition game. Sprints. Core exercises. Good 2v2 drill good way to focus on movement of…

Pre-season Training 2013 – session 4

Notes Started with 3 Player passing drill. Drill started with 1 touch passing then moved onto volleys, chest and volleys and then jumping headers over the static defender. Players were then divided into 3 teams and the session then moved onto a possession game in a grid about 50 x 60 yards with 1 team…

Pre-season training 2013 – session 3

Notes 15 min distance run followed by 100m stair climb then core session in local park because field was flooded. Good Excellent idea to keep to training schedule despite weather. Secure dry place to store valuables. Improvements Core work was selection of exercises by players no structure or thought as to conflicting exercise pairs. Little…

Pre-season training 2013 – session 2

Notes from first training session with new manager Good Warm up exercise very simple with lots of touches and dynamic stretching. Passing drill very tiring but enjoyable, lots of touches. When picking teams for game, asked for 1 group of defenders, 1 group of midfielders and 1 group of forwards. Improvements New manager did not…