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Technical Skills for Soccer: Passing and Receiving
with Corbin Stone, Pleasant Valley (IA) High School Head Boys Soccer Coach;
former Drake University Head Women's Soccer Coach;
3x Missouri Valley Conference Women's Soccer Coach of the Year, 4x Missouri Valley Conference Champions; Iowa Youth Soccer Association Coach of the Year (1999)

To achieve success and play faster, players must know how to receive and pass the ball accurately, effectively and efficiently under pressure. Using technical execution in isolation, Corbin Stone shares coaching points and highlights the mechanics involved in performing various passing and receiving techniques. He breaks down how to properly pass the ball over a short distance and long distance, the proper technique to strike a ball with the inside and outside portion of your feet, and how to make a ball you've just received go in the direction you want.

Coach Stone begins with live practice footage of his youth team. Then, moving through an analysis of practice footage of older players and finally on to his own real-time, slow-motion demonstrations of the techniques being emphasized, he provides thorough, detailed instruction in six areas:

Inside Foot Passing
Coach Stone breaks down the proper way to approach a ball and how to keep it on the ground. He also discusses how to open up your ankle and knee, which are important to keeping the ball on the ground and striking through the middle of the ball.

Outside Foot Passing
In this progression from the inside foot, Coach Stone shares passing drills using the outside portion of the foot, which can create deception during a game. He shows how to bend the ball around a defender or into a player's run. Again, the approach to the ball is important. A straight on approach makes it harder for the defender to tell which foot you will use to pass.

Passing Over Distance on the Ground
The passing drill teaches players how to keep the ball on the ground over a certain distance. To be able to keep the ball on the ground is important for the receiving player. The technique used is to approach the ball at an angle or straight on.

Passing Over Distance in the Air
In the air it's important to swing from the hip and get your foot underneath the ball to make it airborne. Follow through and point of contact is also important, as this segment demonstrates.

Receiving the Ball on the Ground
This receiving drill is done using the inside part of your foot and opening your body. It's also effective for making the first touch away from a defender to set up the next pass or dribble.

Receiving the Ball out of the Air
In this partners' drill, one player serves and the other player works on the technique. After the ball has been served, the receiver takes it out of the air with their chest or foot. The two techniques used in this drill are the inside part of the foot and outside part of the foot to touch away from pressure.

Using clear, effective language and a blend of practice footage, video analysis, and real-time, slow motion demonstration, Coach Stone gives you and your players a wealth of resources for improving two essential components of the modern game.

64 minutes. 2015.

DVD
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Technical Skills for Soccer: Attacking

with Corbin Stone, Pleasant Valley (IA) High School Head Boys Soccer Coach;
former Drake University Head Women's Soccer Coach;
3x Missouri Valley Conference Women's Soccer Coach of the Year, 4x Missouri Valley Conference Champions; Iowa Youth Soccer Association Coach of the Year (1999)

  • Learn how to teach the basic concepts and principles of attacking play: counter vs. build, penetrate and maintain possession
  • Learn how to train your team to create width and depth when attacking
  • Learn how to dictate and adjust the rhythm of play

In the modern game of soccer, teams are using more flexible, adaptive defenses. As a result, teams must be able to attack in a variety of ways and understand the concepts involved in countering, transitioning quickly, circulating and building play, combining and making the final pass to score goals.

Teams must understand specific ways to create and score goals. In this presentation, Corbin Stone covers:

  • width and depth in attack
  • countering on the break
  • circulating the ball and building
  • setting and adjusting the pace of the game
  • attacking and combining in the final third
  • movement off the ball in attack
  • improvising in attack

Many presentations on attacking soccer focus on only one aspect of play, such as the counter attack. Coach Stone uses five different activities to focus on several different principles of play.

There's no need to purchase separate videos on how to counter, how to combine in final third, how and when to slow pace of game down. This presentation is an all-in-one package that will help your players attack more efficiently and effectively.

91 minutes. 2015.

DVD
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Small Group Skills & Activities for Soccer
with Ian Barker,
Director of Coaching Education, NSCAA;
21 years of college soccer coaching experience at Macalester College and University of Wisconsin;
served for 10 years as the director of coaching and player development for the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA)

Currently serving as the NSCAA's Director of Coaching Education, Ian Barker presents 10+ small group exercises that will make the good coach a better coach, and the effective coach more effective. These training exercises can be used with any age group.

Building a Successful Training Session

Coach Barker lays out the traits needed to build an efficient and successful practice. Once the video moves to the field, Coach Barker provides examples of these coaching necessities. He provides the five essentials of an effective coach.

Training Exercises

These exercises are built around the four components of soccer: Technical, tactical (or decisions), physical and psychological. An example of some of the exercises you will see include:

  • 5v2+3 - A traditional keep away game with a transition tied into it. A great game for teaching transitions and can be used for pressing. The section goes on and becomes progressive building on each game.
  • 4v4 - Filled with many good opportunities for teaching paired defending and passing to keep possession.
  • 1v1 to 2v2 - Ideal for teams who like to press or play more forward soccer. Players try to score on a small gate diagonal from where they start. The game then moves to a 2v2 situation, where you must work with your partner to widen the defenders out or if defending learns to have 1 defender press while the other has a choice.
  • Shooting Activities - This section has three drills that are very progressive. Each drill adds a different element to a pass, pass back, shot, then movement to crash the net and receive a cross from the corner. The combination of a shot from straight on and then the cross is a great way to teach movement to the net. The added element of adding a partner also helps with learning to communicate as you attack with numbers. All the drills require the players to move around a mannequin and either hides the ball to drop it or to shot once around the mannequin. All of these situations are game like situations.
  • Triangle Passing - Set up so four players practice three passing activities before entering into a 3v1 keep away exercise. Coach Barker's explanation of how a pass towards the player back foot instead of their front foot puts the receiving player in better position to pass the ball and keep possession moving.
  • 1v1 Gates - This section has good explanation of attacking 1v1 and defends 1v1.

Barker does great work with explaining all the sections and what coaches should expect from each drill. He stops the play as needed to explain what he is looking for.

70 minutes. 2016.

70 minutes. 2016.

DVD
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Warm-Up Skills & Activities for Soccer
with Ian Barker,
Director of Coaching Education, NSCAA;
21 years of college soccer coaching experience at Macalester College and University of Wisconsin;
served for 10 years as the director of coaching and player development for the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA)

Ian Barker demonstrates 13 warm-up drills that allow variation and progression with economy and fluidity. Coach Barker works with men and women (separately) to model attacking, defending, transitioning and even goalkeeping activation drills. The drills emphasize a blend of technical and physical demands with team communication.

Coach Barker's drills lend themselves to rapid decision-making and variability potential to suit your preferences. You'll see how to move players efficiently and intensively through single-player technical ball touches, as well as partnered work that moves up the body to thigh, chest, and head touches and on to passing line and full-team drills.

Warm-Up Activities

There are 11 activities in this section that will get your players up and moving. They are designed for athletes of all levels and each drill progresses into the next. The activities include:

  • Mirror Activity - Great activities for shadowing and movement within a fun and competitive drill. You can use this as a drill to activate movement or it can be tied into training as part of 1v1 defending.
  • Scramble - This section can be looked at as chaos with a purpose. Coach Barker uses some cues that all coaches can steal and use in their own training sessions.
  • Knock and Move - Helps players understand how to stay onside and move wide to get into position to receive a lead pass.Keeper Warm-up - Trains the keeper's need to recognize the type of pass coming to them and handle it the proper way. A great way to get everyone involved in the warm-up.
  • Ladder - Coach Barker uses ladder agility drills to teach multiple movements and agility while finding the ball or getting touches on the ball once athletes have changed direction.
  • Technical Circles - This section takes all of the skills an athlete has and puts them together in different phases to get lots of touches on the ball. Partners will work in a whole-team framework. The premium placed on communication and blend of individual footwork, passing, and rapid decision-making synthesizes the fluid components of the game played at high levels.

You'll see Coach Barker instruct players on points of emphasis, singling out specific player movements or decisions for praise or critique at appropriate moments.

Coach Barker models and explains over 70 minutes of progressive warm-up and activation drills that work for beginning and advanced players. The wide variety of activities allows players to work their way intensively and efficiently into peak technical, physical, and psychological readiness.

77 minutes. 2016.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

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Ian Barker's Skills and Activities for Soccer 3-Pack
RD-04934A: with Ian Barker,
Director of Coaching Education, NSCAA;
21 years of college soccer coaching experience at Macalester College and University of Wisconsin;
served for 10 years as the director of coaching and player development for the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA)

Ian Barker demonstrates 13 warm-up drills that allow variation and progression with economy and fluidity. Coach Barker works with men and women (separately) to model attacking, defending, transitioning and even goalkeeping activation drills. The drills emphasize a blend of technical and physical demands with team communication.

Coach Barker's drills lend themselves to rapid decision-making and variability potential to suit your preferences. You'll see how to move players efficiently and intensively through single-player technical ball touches, as well as partnered work that moves up the body to thigh, chest, and head touches and on to passing line and full-team drills.

Warm-Up Activities

There are 11 activities in this section that will get your players up and moving. They are designed for athletes of all levels and each drill progresses into the next. The activities include:

  • Mirror Activity - Great activities for shadowing and movement within a fun and competitive drill. You can use this as a drill to activate movement or it can be tied into training as part of 1v1 defending.
  • Scramble - This section can be looked at as chaos with a purpose. Coach Barker uses some cues that all coaches can steal and use in their own training sessions.
  • Knock and Move - Helps players understand how to stay onside and move wide to get into position to receive a lead pass.Keeper Warm-up - Trains the keeper's need to recognize the type of pass coming to them and handle it the proper way. A great way to get everyone involved in the warm-up.
  • Ladder - Coach Barker uses ladder agility drills to teach multiple movements and agility while finding the ball or getting touches on the ball once athletes have changed direction.
  • Technical Circles - This section takes all of the skills an athlete has and puts them together in different phases to get lots of touches on the ball. Partners will work in a whole-team framework. The premium placed on communication and blend of individual footwork, passing, and rapid decision-making synthesizes the fluid components of the game played at high levels.

You'll see Coach Barker instruct players on points of emphasis, singling out specific player movements or decisions for praise or critique at appropriate moments.

Coach Barker models and explains over 70 minutes of progressive warm-up and activation drills that work for beginning and advanced players. The wide variety of activities allows players to work their way intensively and efficiently into peak technical, physical, and psychological readiness.

77 minutes. 2016.



RD-04934B: with Ian Barker,
Director of Coaching Education, NSCAA;
21 years of college soccer coaching experience at Macalester College and University of Wisconsin;
served for 10 years as the director of coaching and player development for the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA)

Currently serving as the NSCAA's Director of Coaching Education, Ian Barker presents 10+ small group exercises that will make the good coach a better coach, and the effective coach more effective. These training exercises can be used with any age group.

Building a Successful Training Session

Coach Barker lays out the traits needed to build an efficient and successful practice. Once the video moves to the field, Coach Barker provides examples of these coaching necessities. He provides the five essentials of an effective coach.

Training Exercises

These exercises are built around the four components of soccer: Technical, tactical (or decisions), physical and psychological. An example of some of the exercises you will see include:

  • 5v2+3 - A traditional keep away game with a transition tied into it. A great game for teaching transitions and can be used for pressing. The section goes on and becomes progressive building on each game.
  • 4v4 - Filled with many good opportunities for teaching paired defending and passing to keep possession.
  • 1v1 to 2v2 - Ideal for teams who like to press or play more forward soccer. Players try to score on a small gate diagonal from where they start. The game then moves to a 2v2 situation, where you must work with your partner to widen the defenders out or if defending learns to have 1 defender press while the other has a choice.
  • Shooting Activities - This section has three drills that are very progressive. Each drill adds a different element to a pass, pass back, shot, then movement to crash the net and receive a cross from the corner. The combination of a shot from straight on and then the cross is a great way to teach movement to the net. The added element of adding a partner also helps with learning to communicate as you attack with numbers. All the drills require the players to move around a mannequin and either hides the ball to drop it or to shot once around the mannequin. All of these situations are game like situations.
  • Triangle Passing - Set up so four players practice three passing activities before entering into a 3v1 keep away exercise. Coach Barker's explanation of how a pass towards the player back foot instead of their front foot puts the receiving player in better position to pass the ball and keep possession moving.
  • 1v1 Gates - This section has good explanation of attacking 1v1 and defends 1v1.

Barker does great work with explaining all the sections and what coaches should expect from each drill. He stops the play as needed to explain what he is looking for.

70 minutes. 2016.

70 minutes. 2016.



RD-04934C: with Ian Barker,
Director of Coaching Education, NSCAA;
21 years of college soccer coaching experience at Macalester College and University of Wisconsin;
served for 10 years as the director of coaching and player development for the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA)

The ability to recognize numbers advantages in the run of play is something all coaches want from their players. NSCAA NSCAA Director of Coaching Education Ian Barker shows you how to build up your attack and how to train your players to recognize numbers-up situations.

Through a progression of small-sided games, your players will learn when and how to add width and length to the field. Coach Barker chooses proper times to freeze play and utilizes these moments to teach players recognition during each situation.

1 v. 1, 2 v. 1, 3 v. 1 and More

Once your players master their touches on the ball, they must begin to master their position on the field and how it relates to their teammates and opponents. Starting with 1v1, Barker breaks down each scenario and how to add another offensive player in the situation. He emphasizes the four components of quality coaching:

  • Creating space away from the ball to improve attacking chances.
  • Utilizing your goalkeeper as a viable option to help counter movements and to alleviate pressure.
  • Switching the ball quickly and attacking with pace to fully take advantage of a transition moment.
  • Using zones as the session continues to build allows the players to see the functionality of their spacing.

Practice Segments

Coach Barker progresses from having players compete in restricted areas to giving them freedom to play and apply what they learned. Practice builds up until players take on more complex off the ball movements. Many of the progression include teaching movements to create spacing such as:

  • Give width and length.
  • Utilize the target to establish spacing.
  • Interchange with a teammate.

You will get five drills to help your players understand their position on and off the ball and how it relates to play on the pitch. Coach Barker's dynamic drills create real play situations and offer players several options in obtaining a numerical advantage, while supporting the effort of quick recovery in numbers down and maintaining balance on the field.

Coach Barker also discusses his four components of soccer, how to blend in different variables like time restrictions, and gives tips for effective coaching.

This video is sure to help your team improve their attacking. Through establishing width, playing in a numbers up or numbers down situation, transitioning with pace and more, Coach Barker shows you adaptable sessions that teach key soccer principles.

59 minutes. 2016.



DVD
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