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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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Cover: warm-up skills & activities for soccer
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

Cover: all access soccer practice: attacking in transition
All Access Soccer Practice: Attacking in Transition
with Jay Martin,
Ohio Wesleyan University Men's Head Coach,
Winningest active coach in men's college soccer history;
2x NCAA Division III Champion (1998, 2011);
3x NSCAA National Coach of the Year (1991, 1998, 2011)

Transition - the moment your team moves from defense to offense - can serve as a key attacking opportunity for your team.

In this live practice session, two-time NCAA champion Jay Martin starts with small, no pressure passing combinations and builds to functional tactical scenarios that put players in realistic, game-like situations. He incorporates activities that allow players to score goals and includes exercises that foster competition, keeping the training session focused and fun.

Transition Passing

Your players will practice three-man passing combinations that teach proper runs and timing of runs so athletes learn how to solve defensive pressure and transition forward quickly. Training in a numbers up, numbers down scenario puts your players in game-like situations that allow for realistic counter attacking opportunities that can be solved with quick attacking combination play.

Training in no pressure and low pressure scenarios allows players to better understand passing patterns and encourages success.

Attacking Patterns

In the 10v7 + 3 drill, the offensive team is in a numbers-up situation that allows them to keep possession in the attacking half of the field. However, once the defending team wins the ball, they look to play to the plus 3 players and counter to goal quickly. There is no defensive pressure when this transition occurs, which allows for a greater chance of success. This drill incorporates all of the previous drills in the training session in a realistic scenario, creating offensive opportunities for both teams.

Progressing from no pressure passing patterns to full pressure game-like scenarios, Coach Martin covers the technical and tactical aspects on how to best train your players to attack in transition. This is a great resource for any coach wanting to learn how to take advantage of transition opportunities.

56 minutes. 2016.

DVD
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Cover: all access soccer practice: individual, small group & team defending
All Access Soccer Practice: Individual, Small Group & Team Defending
with Jay Martin,
Ohio Wesleyan University Men's Head Coach,
Winningest active coach in men's college soccer history;
2x NCAA Division III Champion (1998, 2011);
3x NSCAA National Coach of the Year (1991, 1998, 2011)

Defense is an important part of any soccer game. Well thought-out and taught defensive roles allow players to understand their responsibilities and positioning on the field.

Using a progression of warm-ups, defensive drills, and skill-based drills, Jay Martin, winningest active coach in men's college soccer history, shows how he prepares his team for defensive positioning and strategies. He includes a "rehearsal" of seven specific tactical situations and how he trains his team to defend in those scenarios.

Watch as Coach Martin leads his Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops through a midseason practice that focuses on reinforcing defensive tactics. Coaches know how poor defensive habits can find their way into the game of even the most intelligent soccer player over the course of a season, and Coach Martin purposely schedules an open week in the middle of his season so that he can spend an entire training session focusing on individual defending, small group defending, and team defending. This training session serves as a springboard into conference play for his team, and ensures that his players are at their sharpest during the most vital stretch of the season.

Each of Coach Martin's drills - from warm-up to cool down - show how integral individual defending is to small group defense, and how essential small group defense is to team defense. The practice builds from individual defensive tactics to team defensive tactics, and the drills scaffold the progression so that his players, and yours, can learn to defend successfully as a unit.

Learn the Keys to Small Group Defending

Besides providing opportunities for fitness training, dynamic stretching, and touches on the ball, Coach Martin's warm-up and Pep and Sticks drill put his team in a defensive mindset. The constant communication demanded at the beginning of practice sets the tone for the remainder of the session. There's constant movement by defensive players off the ball as they support the defender on the ball.

Coach Martin demonstrates his 1v1 to 4v4 Progression Drill. As the number of defenders increases, the defenders must utilize the small group defending strategies emphasized earlier in the practice and get comfortable with their responsibilities. With more players on the field, the situations become more game-like as the drill continues.

Small Group Defending Techniques on the Full Field

Team defending is the emphasis as Coach Martin's drills move to the full field. Players are constantly reminded that even within the team defensive structure, both the midfielders and defenders must defend as a small group.

Coach Martin walks his full team through situations they must be prepared to defend in the game, including balls played wide out of the back, long crosses and cutting off passing lanes to target forwards. Ideal the day before a big game, this drill will assist your players in visualizing game situations and forces them to defend those situations at game speed.

Coach Martin's teams have had incredible success over his 38 years as a soccer coach, and after a behind-the-scenes glimpse at one of his full training sessions, you will be able to prepare your team to defend like champions.

"Coach Martin presents a thorough and step-by-step process of how to keep your team playing at its defensive best. As a high school coach, I don't have the time in a short pre-season to spend a practice entirely on defensive structure, the way Coach Martin does in the video. However, I plan to incorporate his drills throughout the season so that my boys are organized in the back and prepared for anything." - Customer Review

77 minutes. 2016.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: ian barker's skills and activities for soccer 3-pack
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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