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Set up with cones set out in a square 10m x 10m, and inside the square have two teams of three players each, and one ball between them. The aim of the game is for each team to make as many one touch (wall) passes as possible. Every wall pass is awarded 1 point.
The player starts with a ball from the left cone, runs to the second cone and hits the ball on the move towards the target. Then when the ball has crossed the line, the player can start withe the next ball but this time he/she has to run with the ball to the left cone and either pull the ball back and hit, or run past the ball and hit it at the target.
In this test the player has to aim the ball at the target, either dragging, slapping or pushing the ball.
4 man midfield with the centre half pushing up higher up the pitch, supporting the front 3 and the midfield. When to use: This formation will help the team to transfer the ball when in possession.
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This set-up will see your team playing with a sweeper behind the back 3. The advantage of this system is that there is always a covering player to support the back 3 defenders. Your back 3 can play this 2 ways: Man to man back 3, with players sticking with the same player or Zonal defending. Players stay in position and mark any player that comes into their area. With this system you would look to attack using the width from the back. When to use: This system is good when: You have a slow back 3 players who keep being out run by forwards. The opposition is better and keep beating one of your back 3 The opposition throw good long aerials landing in your 25.
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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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