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Cover: drills for central midfielders 2-pack
Drills for Central Midfielders 2-Pack
RD-05289A:

with Brandon Koons,
Otterbein University Head Women's Soccer Coach;
2010 NCAA D-III Final Four; 8x Ohio Athletic Conference regular-season and 5x OAC Tournament Champions;
5x OAC Coach of the Year; has earned a USSF "B" License and an NSCAA Premier Diploma

Midfielders are one of the more important positions in the game and need to constantly support and help their teammates.

In this video, Brandon Koons shows you how he trains the technical application of individual skills for midfielders to dominate the center of the field. You will learn how important it is to have the correct body shape, timing of runs, proper decision making, and the right attitude to excel.

Coach Koons breaks up this video into three keys areas. Within each, he breaks down and shows numerous progressions that will help your team be dangerous in the midfield. Coach Koons provides in-depth illustrations both on a white board and on the field to show key technical elements for your players. Coach Koons explains the teaching points he emphasizes during the exercises:

  • The movement and supporting angles needed from supporting players.
  • Reading the play and making the proper decisions based on positioning.
  • Runs that trigger other runs in the midfield third.
  • The importance of scanning and checking your shoulder for better vision.

Turning

Koons addresses the ability to turn in a dynamic setting by demonstrating a three-man unopposed passing pattern that lays the foundation to his team's ability to turn and play forward. The emphasis in this drill is on developing a good sense of rhythm when passing and making sure the angles of support are correct. He progresses by adding additional ways to be able to turn and face up the opposition.

Watch as Coach Koons walks his team through dealing with overweighted passes and how the center middies take pace off the ball to make a successful turn and pass. Conversely, see how to deal with an underweighted pass. The benefits of proper body positioning and an awareness of the playing environment are also discussed.

Passing and Dribbling

Koons walks through a series of passing and dribbling progressions that encourage good on-ball and off-ball movement. Throughout the progressions, he encourages ball movement through an emphasis on creativity, which is supported by communication, touch quality, an understanding of run shape, and an awareness of game space.

Overlapping

Learn a great progression to work on tight overlapping runs and how the center midfielder moves and interacts within a confined area. See how Koons teaches his players the different types of runs they can make to not only create space for themselves, but also the ability to combine and find third man runners. Throughout the unopposed exercises, he continues to stress how important off the ball movement can be to rip even the most compact defenses apart in a competitive environment.

The overlapping drills build on the prior drills in this video and are a good way to tie the session together.

Although designed for the center midfielder, these drills will benefit players of any position, including goalies. Koons does a great job detailing the drills on a whiteboard and then taking it to the field. Every coach must teach their team how to skillfully play through the midfield, and Coach Koons gives you the tools to do just that - and more!

126 minutes. 2017.



RD-05289B:

with Brandon Koons,
Otterbein University Head Women's Soccer Coach;
2010 NCAA D-III Final Four; 8x Ohio Athletic Conference regular-season and 5x OAC Tournament Champions;
5x OAC Coach of the Year; has earned a USSF "B" License and an NSCAA Premier Diploma

Games at the highest level are won or lost in the midfield third, and coaches are always seeking the upper hand to dominate this key area. Your midfield players must possess the technical skill to be able to expose the spac

DVD
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Cover: developing goalkeepers: taking your game to the next level
Developing Goalkeepers: Taking Your Game to the Next Level

with Michael Cracas,
Hiram University Head Women's Soccer Coach;
former coach at Oberlin College;
owner of Quick Hands Goalkeeper Training, LLC., USSF National "D" License, NSCAA State (Level 1) & Regional (Level 2) Goalkeeper Diplomas

In the game of soccer, the goalkeeper has to use their feet and hands to not only deny any threats from the opposition, but to support their team on the field as well.

In this video, Mike Cracas demonstrates how to put your goalkeeper through a series of drills that deal with situations they'll face throughout a game. Topics include different ways to catch a ball, how to "drop step" as a goalkeeper, agility for goalkeepers, low and high saves, and much more.

Coach Cracas breaks down this video into six main segments, providing in-depth illustrations to show how to work your goalkeepers to become technically sound and confident when game time comes.

  • Warm-Up Exercises - A series of drills that prepares goalkeepers to deal with not only proper footwork, but hand placement and agility exercises with hurdles and speed ladders in a functional, unopposed setting.
  • Handling Exercises - Includes three types of catching; diamond, basket and high contour catching.
  • "Hoop Series" - Coach Cracas uses two speed rings to force his goalkeepers to get in a set position before using the proper technique to catch the ball. The server varies the service to the goalkeeper, which allows him/her to use the three different handling catches from the previous drills. Cracas also uses "keeper cuffs" to reinforce how and where the hands of the goalkeeper need to be.
  • Reaction Drills - See five progressions and ideas that force goalkeepers to deal with the game-realistic scenarios that will force quick reaction saves.
  • Low Ball and High Ball Saves - Features five progressions and includes important information on footwork. The "drop step" is addressed in order to deal with high ball saves and how to get across the face of the goal for low ball saves on the far post.
  • Warm-up Before a Game Drill Series - "I want my keepers ready for every single possible shot they could face in the first 5 minutes." Cracas presents six ideas featuring everything from agility, high and low saves, shots, and crosses.

Coach Cracas gives you everything you need to coach your goalkeepers to play with their feet and hands. You will learn the technique, player mindset, body position, and positioning to best manage the space in front of the net.

84 minutes. 2017.

DVD
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Cover: individual skills for central midfielders
Individual Skills for Central Midfielders

with Brandon Koons,
Otterbein University Head Women's Soccer Coach;
2010 NCAA D-III Final Four; 8x Ohio Athletic Conference regular-season and 5x OAC Tournament Champions;
5x OAC Coach of the Year; has earned a USSF "B" License and an NSCAA Premier Diploma

Midfielders are one of the more important positions in the game and need to constantly support and help their teammates.

In this video, Brandon Koons shows you how he trains the technical application of individual skills for midfielders to dominate the center of the field. You will learn how important it is to have the correct body shape, timing of runs, proper decision making, and the right attitude to excel.

Coach Koons breaks up this video into three keys areas. Within each, he breaks down and shows numerous progressions that will help your team be dangerous in the midfield. Coach Koons provides in-depth illustrations both on a white board and on the field to show key technical elements for your players. Coach Koons explains the teaching points he emphasizes during the exercises:

  • The movement and supporting angles needed from supporting players.
  • Reading the play and making the proper decisions based on positioning.
  • Runs that trigger other runs in the midfield third.
  • The importance of scanning and checking your shoulder for better vision.

Turning

Koons addresses the ability to turn in a dynamic setting by demonstrating a three-man unopposed passing pattern that lays the foundation to his team's ability to turn and play forward. The emphasis in this drill is on developing a good sense of rhythm when passing and making sure the angles of support are correct. He progresses by adding additional ways to be able to turn and face up the opposition.

Watch as Coach Koons walks his team through dealing with overweighted passes and how the center middies take pace off the ball to make a successful turn and pass. Conversely, see how to deal with an underweighted pass. The benefits of proper body positioning and an awareness of the playing environment are also discussed.

Passing and Dribbling

Koons walks through a series of passing and dribbling progressions that encourage good on-ball and off-ball movement. Throughout the progressions, he encourages ball movement through an emphasis on creativity, which is supported by communication, touch quality, an understanding of run shape, and an awareness of game space.

Overlapping

Learn a great progression to work on tight overlapping runs and how the center midfielder moves and interacts within a confined area. See how Koons teaches his players the different types of runs they can make to not only create space for themselves, but also the ability to combine and find third man runners. Throughout the unopposed exercises, he continues to stress how important off the ball movement can be to rip even the most compact defenses apart in a competitive environment.

The overlapping drills build on the prior drills in this video and are a good way to tie the session together.

Although designed for the center midfielder, these drills will benefit players of any position, including goalies. Koons does a great job detailing the drills on a whiteboard and then taking it to the field. Every coach must teach their team how to skillfully play through the midfield, and Coach Koons gives you the tools to do just that - and more!

126 minutes. 2017.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: small sided games for central midfielders
Small Sided Games for Central Midfielders

with Brandon Koons,
Otterbein University Head Women's Soccer Coach;
2010 NCAA D-III Final Four; 8x Ohio Athletic Conference regular-season and 5x OAC Tournament Champions;
5x OAC Coach of the Year; has earned a USSF "B" License and an NSCAA Premier Diploma

Games at the highest level are won or lost in the midfield third, and coaches are always seeking the upper hand to dominate this key area. Your midfield players must possess the technical skill to be able to expose the spaces in front, behind, and in the flanks of the opposition.

Brandon Koons demonstrates a series of small-sided games he uses to build exceptional midfield players, which has made his teams an attacking threat en route to 13 conference titles. Coach Koons breaks up this video into six keys games. Within each game, he breaks down and shows numerous progressions that will help your team be dangerous in the midfield.

Using in-depth illustrations, both on a white board and on the field, Koons explains the teaching points he emphasizes during the exercises:

  • The movement and angles needed from supporting players.
  • Reading the play and making proper decisions based on positioning to find numbers-up situations.
  • What runs trigger other runs to penetrate going forward.
  • The importance of scanning and checking your shoulder for better vision.

Turning

Center midfielders need to practice the critical skill of turning, as well as connecting right-to-left and back-to-front. Watch as Coach Koons sets up a series of small sided games that focus on quick ball movement in a small space. These transition games teach players how to defend in a frantic environment as well as how to counterattack quickly when winning the ball. The progressions build these games up from an individual focus to a team focus to drive home the concept.

Passing and Dribbling

See how space manipulation within the small-sided games determines the speed and quality of passing and dribbling required for the center midfielder to control the game. These games force players to perform under controlled defensive pressure and be aware of maximizing the space available to play in. The fast and chaotic pace of these transition games forces players to be very aware of how the game develops in order to be successful.

Awareness

All of the small sided games presented by Coach Koons are excellent training methods to help develop field awareness. These games involve constant movement within a quick and ever-changing environment. In addition to building on individual skills, these games develop knowing where players are within the game and how they're impacting it. These games tie the technical, tactical, and cognitive skills of the center midfielder together.

Small Sided Games

The games presented on this video include:

  • North, South, East, West - The emphasis in this physical and psychologically-demanding game is on developing transition. As the game progresses in numbers, the angles of support are critical to maintain possession and build.
  • End Zone Game - This is where Coach Koons trains players to evaluate the spaces and options given to them by the defenders. It's during this game that Koons stresses which balls to play based on straight or angles runs and how important verbal and non-verbal communication can be in the midfield.
  • Double End Zone Game - Here, Koons teaches players to play off a forward's feet and what runs can be made off of it to be dangerous. He reiterates the importance of the different types of runs his players can make to not only create space for themselves, but also the ability to combine and find third-man runners.
  • The Mourinho Game - In this game, players are always on their toes and ready to not only take advantage of numbers-up situations, but also to delay and defend based on the coach's command. Based on what number the coach calls, certain players have to quickly cha
DVD
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Cover: soccer conditioning & fitness via warm-up drills, small-sided games, & cool-down drills
Soccer Conditioning & Fitness via Warm-Up Drills, Small-Sided Games, & Cool-Down Drills

with Jay Entlich,
Columbus State University Women's Head Coach;
2015 NCAA Division II National Runner-Up, 11 straight NCAA National Tournament Appearances (2006-15),
4x Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year; 13x Conference Champs

Fitness is critical to success in soccer. However, between teaching technique and tactics, it's often difficult to find the time to get athletes into shape. That's where on-the-ball fitness training can be most effective.

In this video, Jay Entlich presents drills and training progressions that will enable your athletes to build fitness while also developing technique and tactical awareness. Coach Entlich's activities condition players to deal with soccer-specific situations on the basis of what's required in a given match. In a match, players are required to jump and sprint for a particular purpose, such as to create separation from a defender or to clear a ball off the goal line. Entlich provides in-depth explanations on the field to show different ideas on how to disguise fitness and give your players a more productive training session.

Warm-Up Activities

During the warm-up segment, Entlich demonstrates five progressions using two players and one ball to help athletes loosen up while building foot skills. One athlete runs and volleys passes back to a server for a minute before switching to serve for recovery. After demonstrating the segment with field players, Entlich shows how the drill can easily be adapted to working with goalkeepers using position-specific drills, such as jumping and catching, to low diving.

The emphasis in these drills is to get players to develop a foundation of fitness both anaerobically and aerobically based on the distance and time of the events chosen by coaches.

Small-Sided Games

In this segment, Entlich uses 3v3 and 4v4 games that can be adapted for a variety of situations to teach transition and improve pace of play while quickly building fitness. Through a series of five games, players are required to quickly recognize opportunities and work hard in attack and recover in order to be successful as a team.

On the Ball Cool Down Drills

A well-designed cool down is an important way to close out a practice and help the body recover and prepare for the next session. In the final segment, Entlich demonstrates how you can incorporate ball work into activities like straddle hops, planks, or even push-ups to create competition while keeping contact on the ball even at the end of the practice.

This video is full of creative ways that progress the "fitness with a ball" concept from warm-ups through cool down. These drills will help you develop a highly-efficient and effective practice that will push your players to perform at their best without having to "run." Perform better later in the game by incorporating these drills from Coach Entlich!

79 minutes. 2017.

DVD
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