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An Example Training Session With Alex Morgan | David Copeland Smith

An Example Training Session With Alex Morgan | David Copeland Smith | Video

David Copeland Smith | Professional Skills Specialist | @Beastmodesoccer

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An Example Training Session With Alex Morgan

“Start everything with footwork. This particular pattern (in the video clip) is a lot of stop starts, changing directions and movements that we’ve been trying to add into Alex’s game for a long time. Then we’ll move on into a few of the drills…We try to add a cross in as well, so basically as many finishes as we can get in a short amount of time”

Video Transcript

An example session, you can see how simple they are. It’s very raw. I didn’t want it to look super snazzy because that’s not who we are. It’s very, very basic. The focus was heavy on Zone two and that’s where the player was finishing the most and at the very, very least (and I say this to our forward players) we want you to force the goalkeeper into making a very, very good save. You can see with the drills, it’s very simple which is forcing her to do a little bit of footwork going into the drill. I’m really heavy on her separation touch so that touched it just to get far enough away for a quality finish (especially in that zone two).

We’ve got a little bit of video footage from one of those sessions. Start everything with footwork. This particular pattern is a lot of stop starts, changing directions and movements that we’ve been trying to add into Alex’s game for a long time. Then we’ll move on into a few of the drills and this is a particular one. We try to add a cross in as well, so basically as many finishes as we can get in a short amount of time. That particular one was all about separating away in that zone, same thing here. So, I’m giving Alex that pass back, I’m going to shout red or yellow and she’s going to separate away to yellow, so this would be a zone three finish. The first one was zone two and you can see her consistency is there. Now this one, it does one of two things; it’s again focusing on that zone two and what you can’t see there as I ping the ball into her. It will focus on Zone two and then we have to backup a little bit because I want her really explosive into that ball, with a finish because a lot of the chances she’ll get, she’s going a very, very quick rate. So, I want to emulate that in the game so we’re adding in a little 1v1 and that explosive element. The last one was a little game that I learned from Mia Hamm. It’s quite a fun game for me because I basically get to throw balls as hard as I can at the player, on the ground in front of them or behind them and the whole point of that is to have one touch to finish a very, very awkward pass in front of goal.

 

This clip is taken from a presentation by David Copeland Smith for our Virtual Conference in 2018