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Exercise of the Month: Exercises to help maintain possession of the ball.

In this Exercise of the Month we will work on keeping possession of the ball. To promote this we will undertake an exercise in the middle of the pitch, where we will outline a space in which a 5x5 is played inside it. In the corners we will place four wildcard players, which will help the main objective of the exercise to be realised - namely to create numerical superiority on the part of the team that has the ball (5+4). What do we achieve with this? That situations are created where multiple passing options are available. How?  By placing emphasis on the basic attacking principles we need to use to generate situations where we can evolve from one location to another area of play through supporting runs, supporting play, creating free spaces and changing direction.

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Zonal marking and defensive pressing.

In this article we analyse in a theoretical manner and with practical examples, the importance of binomial zonal marking and defensive pressing, to prevent the progression of attacking play by the opposition and ensure recovery of the ball.

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Proposal of evaluation of the biological condition in under-13 players in the community of Madrid

In this paper, the football players of the Under-13 category were subjected to different assessment tests throughout the 2013/2014 season in order to determine their biological condition and also the evolution of their sporting performance and their health.

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Cardio respiratory fitness training in football

The purpose of this paper is to analyze two methods of training aerobic capacity and the ability to perform high intensity actions intermittently in football and make a proposal to combine the two methods over a competition microcycle . In recent years there have been many models developed in the realm of football to improve the conditional performance of the players, but two stand out above the rest of the methods, and these are Small-Sided Games (SSG) and High-Intensity Intermittent Training (HIIT).

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Development of attacking action with a defence of 3.

In recent seasons we have seen an increase in the use of the defence of 3. Whether in national championships or at the recent World Cup in Brazil 2014, this defensive system seems back in vogue. In the first decade of the 2000s, the defence of 4 seemed to have emerged as the preferred and most widely used system by the best teams in Europe and worldwide.

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Collective technique in youth football: concept and exercises in 9-10 year old category.

In this new edition of the magazine, we will discuss and delve into collective technical issues in football; developing a sequential collection of exercises, based on and developed with the pass as the main objective. Within this content (PASS), we will make conceptual reference to and perform exercises in which short and medium range passing will be fundamental, following the usual methodology in order to develop and instil a combination style passing game in our youngest players. As usual in our introductions youth football training, we will give special importance to the structure of the exercises this time, so that they follow an increasing progression in terms of their evolution and difficulty.

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Toronto is the GotSoccer Choice to Raise the MLS Cup

Soccer fever has swept Canada in recent weeks and that outbreak figures to reach a fever pitch this Saturday night when over 35,000 Torontonians along with a hearty handful of Seattleites, By Peter Nolan

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MLS - Big 5

With the MLS Cup happening this Saturday evening in frigid Toronto, the league has been wrapping up some 2016 business, so let's check in with a Championship week MLS Big - 5. By Peter Nolan

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U.S. Bow Out of U20 Women's World Cup

Add the U20 U.S. WNT to the ever growing list of U.S. Youth sides to disappoint after Tuesday morning's extra time loss to North Korea eliminated the Mallory Pugh led side. By Peter Nolan

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U.S. U17's Top Brazil to Win The 2016 Nike International Friendlies

7-1 over Portugal, 5-1 versus Turkey, and 3-0 over Brazil! The U17 team coached by John Hackworth put a smile back on the collective face of U.S. Soccer. By Peter Nolan

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A View From the Stands

Saturday morning after I roll out of bed I will join legions of soccer fans across the United States as we plop down in front of television sets from coast to coast to take in the action from England's Premier League. By Peter Nolan

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MLS Cup Set After Canadian Thriller

There was a celebration of soccer north of the border Wednesday night in Toronto and when it was over Toronto FC had defeated their fierce rivals, the Montreal Impact. By Peter Nolan