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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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Hall of Famer Rick Davis Talks to GotSoccer

Los Angeles, Ca. - The halls and meeting rooms of the Los Angeles Convention Center were jam-packed last week with a veritable who's who of American soccer at the annual NSCAA convention. By Peter Nolan

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MLS SuperDraft Wraps Up in Los Angeles

Rumors had swirled around the first two picks in the Friday's MLS SuperDraft in the days and minutes before expansion clubs Minnesota United and Atlanta United stepped up to the podium. By Peter Nolan

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Crystal Dunn Jilts NWSL for Chelsea

Crystal Dunn has followed fellow U.S. WNT attacker Alex Morgan to Europe with today's news that the 2015 NWSL MVP has signed with Chelsea FC of the FA Women's Super League. By Peter Nolan

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U.S. WNT Great Heather O'Reilly Joins the Arsenal Ladies

Former U.S. WNT great Heather O'Reilly has joined the exodus of top-flight North American women's players to Europe with her move to the Arsenal Ladies Football Club. By Peter Nolan

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Marsch Not Leaving N.Y. Red Bulls for Austria- But What About Ali Curtis?

Los Angeles, Ca. - Perhaps the oddest moment of this year's MLS SuperDraft occurred before the clock had even begun ticking down on Minnesota United. By Peter Nolan

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Boston Selects Lavelle With 1st Pick in NWSL Draft

As Commissioner Jeff Plush kicked off the fifth annual National Women's Soccer League player draft just past noon on Thursday afternoon in the expansive ballroom of the JW Marriott in Los Angeles. By Peter Nolan