Soccer Specific Training Drills: ‘Long Interval and Repetition Exercises’

Kenny McMillan, Jan Van Winckel, Guido Seerden and Werner Helsen present in the Book: ‘Fitness in Soccer’ this soccer-specific drills performed as high-intensity interval training to elicit anaerobic and aerobic adaptations.

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(3+3) v (3+3)

Explanation:

3v3 in the playing area. Three supporting players from each team stand on three sides of the square. The 3 supporting players can occupy the four sides of the pitch, encouraging them to see and use the free space and make space for each other. The players inside the field play a possession game, using the 3 supporting players, and try to make 10 consecutive passes in order to score a point. The players inside cannot use the same supporting player twice in a row, obliging them to change directions. The supporting players cannot defend each other.

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(3+3) v (3+3)

Variations:

– Number of touches on the ball.

– Points can be scored in other ways, for example by: passing to a third player or 1-2 after passing to the second player, etc.

– It’s possible to add small goals, and a team may score after a certain number of consecutive passes.

Comment:

Players of the pitch cannot pass directly to each other.

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5v0+GK

Explanation:

In this exercise, two teams (right side v left side) play against each other. The players are set up according to the positions they play in matches. The players then try to score as much as possible on the left and right. A point is scored when scoring directly from a cross. The coach can then install the tactical guidelines according to his own running lines and movements by introducing new passing directions each time.

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5v0+GK

Variation:

The game can be played with or without defenders.

Comments:

– Ensure that all positions are covered. The players resume their positions as fast as possible immediately after the action.

– Emphasize the competitive element.

Progression:

The players are allowed to switch to the wing position. The fullback then becomes the winger. The backs and midfielders can also change so as give everyone the chance to finish.

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(6+6) v (3+3)

Explanation:

Three teams of 6 players each. Two teams of 6 players (attacking) take up their places in the outer boxes. The defending team puts 3 players in the middle section and 3 players play 6v3 in one of the two rectangles. The 2 attacking teams play the ball around, and they can also play the ball to the other rectangle. The players in the middle section of the defending team then try to win the ball in that rectangle, while the other 3 players move to the middle section. They try to intercept the ball from being played to the other rectangle. The game is played for 2 minutes. The defending team tries to intercept the ball as often as possible. The teams are then changed.

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(6+6) v (3+3)

Variations:

– Number of touches.

– Can also be played with three teams of 8 players each.

Comments:

– Coaches play a new ball into the vacant rectangle whenever the ball goes out.

– Coaches keep track of how often the attacking teams lose the ball.

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