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Defence force play over to the forehand, while the attack try and score. When the defender wins the ball, play out a 2 v 1 counter attack.
Set up a line of cones about 5 to 8 metres away from the boards forming a long thin pitch. Make two end zones 2 teams of 4 nominate a player to stand in their side's allocated end zones. The player in the end zone is the support player and can be used to keep possession. The aim of the game is for one of the teams to pass or dribble into their end zone.
Set up with two teams, each team having their own area in which they keep possession by passing the ball around. The other team can send one player across to try and win the ball for their side. If they manage to win possession the roles reverse and the other team passes the ball inside their own area. The winning team is the first team to put 10 passes together without losing the ball.
Drag flicker use a hook shot to move the ball around the keeper. Drive a step to the right before drag flicking. Flicker should aim further left than they think as the movement to the right will push the flick wider to the right.
Player 1 dribbles through the cones passes the ball to player 2's forehand. Player 2 receives the ball on the move, turning in field towards the cone. Just before the cone the player checks the ball sideways away from the cone and continues on the hook dribble towards the circle to have a dynamic shot.
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Teach the push pass to improve your players' passing technique, and their ability to make accurate passes over short-medium distances
Conditioned games to improve your players' peripheral vision, so they can use their first touch when receiving the ball to move into space
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I'm using 4-4-2 and on sometimes 3-1-4-2 with a lower level hockey team.
I've chosen this over other formations, simply because the hockey experience and ability of my players is not of a high level (and most people have an approximate understanding of 442). Also, I believe that one must choose a formation based on players traits and what they can deliver.
For example, I'd ideally prefer to have 3 forwards, to help with more height and width but then would have to either play 3 in the middle or 3 at the back... and my player strengths don't permit this. In short, I simply don't believe I have a strong enough CH / CM to handle 3 in the middle and I'm not convinced that the off-the-ball support from other players is strong enough to allow 3 in the middle.
Anyway, I'm not 100% where to get my centre mids to stand when we have a 16 yd hit to take (i.e. our possession).
Obviously one of the CMs comes deep to offer a potential direct outlet from the centre backs or offer an overload option if the ball goes out to the sides (which is more likely, since I've pretty much banned the high risk play of releasing up the middle - we've had far too many turnovers in our final third or quarter because we tried to play up the middle).
My players are 'aware' of posting up and leading runs.
However, I'm not sure about the 2nd CM. On the one hand I'd ideally like the 2nd CM to come deep as well, in order to potentially help break up the opposition press but by doing so, I distort the midfield and if we do manage to get the ball to one of the CMs, he won't have the 2nd CM in a higher position to release to, etc.
Can someone suggest, again, about midfield positioning using 4-4-2 or 3-1-4-2, when we are setting up a general press?
I have traditionally encouraged man marking, simply because our general positional awareness is weak (which makes zonal play a no-no IMO) + our tracking and attitude to committed defending (i.e. you donât give up if one tackle fails) could be better! However, looking at suggested presses on Sportplan, some zonal positioning seems a necessity and I think if I can help my players make the step, success will come because they've been forced to become more aware of their pitch positioning, etc.
Also, looking at some of the presses, it looks like the midfield can go 'flat' to create a barrier... and as I encourage a diamond shape in midfield, I need to explain to my players what to do and when.
Sorry for the wordy question. I hope this all makes sense.
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