Start of the game.

Center midfields positioning

The post before was a simple drill that everybody use, but with an specific purpose to the Rondo. In this one, I wanted to share one of the exercises that I used the most to work my game model. In order to start the play from the back in a combinative way, the movements of the center midfielder are very important. I use this exercise with variations in function of the rival that I’ll be facing and their system (in this case 1-4-2-3-1). I usually use this exercise in a progression starting with that position game and going forward with a small-sided game or a match.

The center midfields must always play in diagonal, and with this exercise I always achieve it. If some of you never used this kind of specific exercises to work your game model, I will be more than happy to help you, just share your thoughts and/or experience about it.

Title: Start of the game. 1-4-4-2 vs 1-4-2-3-1

Methodology:

Systemic contextualized

Teaching Strategy:

Position game

Game Phase:

Organized attack.

Participants:

2 CB (jokers) + RB, LB, RCM, LCM + 2 ST (jokers) VS RCM, LCM, LW, RW & second striker

Technical & Tactical content:

  • Width.
  • Depth.
  • Pass.
  • Passing line.

Collective content:

  • Distance between lines (OA).
  • Distance in the line (OA).
  • Diamond structure (OA).
  • Start of the game (OOP).

*OA: Organized Attack. *OOP: Offensive Own Principle.

Space:

Box to 2/3 of the field.

Age range:

+14 years old

Part of the training:

Principle part (task 1 or 2).

Figure:

1-4-4-2 V 1-4-2-3-1 START OF THE GAME

Done with Kwiktactix

Normative:

  • CB only could pass the line running with the ball.
  • ST could go inside to the area in parallel when CB have the ball or diagonal when CM have the ball. Can not be the 2 strikers playing in the area
  • Pass to the strikers should be on the ground.
  • CB & CM can not be on the same square.
  • LB, RB, LW & RW could only play on the side area.

Key normative (this normative is the one that made the tactical content to appear):

  • CM have to play in diagonal areas between them.

Puntuation:

  • To score a point you have to bring the ball from the jokers of one side to the jokers of the other side.

Key aspects to correct by the coach:

  • Body positioning of the CM to recieve the ball seeing the maximun space possible.
  • The CM have to be ALWAYS in passing line.
  • The ST should appear to the area, not stay.
  • Control with the inside of the foot.
  • Remark the tactical content. Switching the orientation of the game.
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Writed with Love by:
Diego Gómez

Diego Gómez

Cofounder & Coach

– 8 years with FC Barcelona Youth teams. – 4 years with Real Madrid Youth teams. – Spanish U15– U14 National Team. – Soccer Coach in Hong Kong’s AC Milan School – UEFA A Licensed Coach. –Diego at Wikipedia

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