Finally there are also some examples of good passing and moving caught on the video, 1 shows simple passing and movement starting in defence and working forward. The 2nd shows good quick passing and moving to initially create some space.
A positive area from the game was that we did manage to successfully move it around the back on a number of occasions as shown in the below videos. This worked particularly well from the Left mid position round to the right back.
This can be used to get out of trouble and create space, with practice we can increase the ball pace but it is encouraging to see players in the right space to do this and the midfield using these options.
You will also see how a poor pass or poor 1st touch either gets or threatens to get us into trouble.
In the final video of the switch you will see the ball moved quickly and well round the back which creates alot of space on the left hand side of the field, unfortunately on this occasion the midfield end up very flat and static.
In the Single Player Press video you will see how only 1 player at a time looks to put pressure on the ball, is makes it easy for the opposition to pass it round and keep it. If players had moved as a group it would have been far harder for them to pass and we would also have saved energy.
In the No Pressure video you will see that the opposition midfielder has time to miscontrol the ball and then turn before any pressure is put on. In this situation we should be looking to put pressure on the midfielder which may force a mistake and allow us to win the ball.
In Right side you see both a lack of width and a number of players standing still ball watching. This makes it very easy for the defence to hold the position close together making it harder for us to get through. In this position at least 1 player should be looking to make a run from the centre wide to try and create space.
In the Central video although there is a little movement you can still see a lack of urgency with players generally making the runs at a slow jog.
In the final video you can see how long it takes us to provide support to both the left back and left midfielder leaving them isolated.
All 3 videos are from the 1st half so should not relate to fitness
The benefit of the left to right drag is that performed correctly it should allow you to go past the opposition on their reverse side. While not always this is generally the weaker side for the tackler, which means that it tends to be a more consistent option.
Although not shown in the video below it is also possible to include a 'dummy' before dragging from the left, this can be either by moving the stick over the ball as if moving it left or by some body movement.
Following on from the general dribbling video the videos below go through specific points on the right to left drag. This includes focusing on how to add a lift to the end of the skill.
This skill tends to be one of the most common used by attackers just starting out and performed from the wrong position can allow the defender an easy tackle.
Dribbling like moving with the ball is a skill that varies largely between most players although the basic principals will always be the same.
A good dribbler can be a real asset to the team when used well, this can vary from using it to draw a foul and win a penalty corner to creating space to allow a pass out of defence.
If you can start with the ball in the correct carrying position this allows the greatest movement of the ball both left to right and forwards and backwards. This last part is particularly useful as it can be used to draw the defender into committing themselves before moving in another direction.
The ball carrying position is something that often varies massively between different players. This is often caused by differences in height, age and flexibility.
There are a few large benefits to getting the ball in the carrying position shown in the video below.
The first of these is the ability to dribble the ball without constantly looking at it, this allows the player greater ability to spot passes as well as run into space.
The 2nd benefit is that the position allows the player to most options both in terms of dribbling and passing angles, this makes it far harder to defend.
One of the most important skills is first touch, a player with a poor first touch will often find themselves under pressure from the opposition or significantly slow down play. This can lead to attacks losing momentum or a difficulty escaping the opposition press.
When this happens a player may lose confidence in their control and instead look to rush 1st time passes.
One of the most important points in the video below is that controlling the ball is not just about stopping it but also putting the ball in a position that allows you to use the ball effectively.
For many players the slap hit is one of the first skills they learn and a consistent but powerful passing option.
A major benefit of the slap hit is the consistency it allows, this is because you have a much larger area on the stick that the convenient hit. With practice the slap can also include a lot of disguise and is the main option for defenders at a higher level.
The video below goes through the key technical points required for a successful slap.