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Know Your Playing Style
What is a playing style?
The choice and implementation of a playing style depends largely on the quality of the players, their level of footballing knowledge, their level of technique and their ability to adapt.
A playing style derives from a playing system and from specific team organization; in other words, the movements of the players depend on the playing style adopted. A style of play and the tactical movement may vary from one game to another, or even during the same match. Below are some simple principles to determine and refine your playing style:
Definitions that will make up your playing style
Forwards, In Defense - 1st, win the ball; 2nd, force/channel.
Forwards, In Attack - 1st and 2nd movement: 1st, check to receive, 2nd runs, lateral runs, post-up.
Where are your confrontation and restraining lines? How do we press? Possession vs. penetration.
Attacking strategies — Go forward as soon as possible and exploit the channels; get in behind them with the fullbacks pushing forward.
Defensive strategies — Stop balls being played in to their forwards’ feet centrally, PCB needs to be adapted quickly and with focus.
Attack with purpose in a 1-3-4-3 formation. Have dynamic movements individually and as collective units and interchange positions and responsibilities as the game dictates.
Examples of Team Training Sessions - Defending
1) Game with 10v9
Unrestricted play; with or without specific instructions for the (Yellow) team. The (Blue) team plays with a 1-4-4-1 formation; The (Yellow) team plays 1-3-3-3.
2) Session for the defense (9v6)
The players of the (Yellow) team pass the ball to each other slowly — sideways, diagonally and upfield. The (Blue) players move around according to where the ball goes.
3) Practice routine 9v9
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