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Academy Centre - Week 11 & 12 Review

December 18, 2018


Academy Centre Review

Session Dates: Monday 10th December & Monday 17th December 2018

Learning Block: Intelligent Defending

Session Focus: 'How can we intercept forward passes to stop attacks?' & 'Defending scenario games'


Our second learning block of our programme has now come to an end as we have finished our 'Intelligent Defending' group of sessions before we head into our Christmas break.


We finished the recent learning block with an important session of 'Intercepting forward passes to stop attacks' (the start of a counter attack) & a Defending Scenarios tournament focusing on the variety of different defending focuses learnt within this block.



  • Scanning space & opposition players around and/or near you to block passing options or dribbling lanes.

  • Checking the oppositions eye-line to 'guess' where he may pass - can I anticipate where the pass might go to intercept?

  • Working with team-mates as a pair to 'guard' the available spaces.



  • Can we set our team up to keep a clean sheet & win the game 1-0? What game plan do we use to achieve this?

  • Can my team concede the least amount of goals across a 4 game tournament?

  • Can my team achieve the best goal difference across a 4 game tournament?


Well done to our Players of the Week below who stood out within their groups.


Next session - Technical session of 'Understanding when & how to recover to regain possession?' in our new learning block = Defending Turnovers.


As we break for Christmas, we would like to wish every player & parent in our Player Development Programme a very merry Christmas & a Happy New Year - we hope you have a fantastic break with your friends & family and we look forward to seeing you return on Monday 7th January 2019!


If your son/daughter is interested in experiencing our Academy Centre, we offer a free two-week trial for all new players. To receive a Welcome Pack, please email info@e-p-c.co.uk.





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