Team Principles and Player Characteristics

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Will Allan – Technical Director 2014

Football Style of Play – Statement
At Pine Hills Football Club, we will play with a proactive attacking style of play, with rotation of our top five players, from a starting 1,4,3,3 formation. We will play an effective and efficient possession based game using a structured build-up when appropriate, but using the fast counter attack when available. We will look to create goal scoring opportunities through creative individual skill or by inventive combination play. Defensively, our priority is to win the ball back as high up the field as possible by collective pressing and take advantage of a disorganised opponent. If this is not possible we will look to direct the opponents play is such a way as to make it predictable. This style is underpinned by highly intelligent players with a strong, positive, winning mentality

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Will Allan – Technical Director 2014

Team Principles/Tasks

BP Key Principle
Individual ability to create goal scoring opportunities

BP Principle
Create goal-scoring opportunities by isolating and beating players 1v1 or in overloads Have controlled possession while looking to play forward penetrating pass Aware of potential ball possession lost and the counter attack Be prepared to keep the ball if unable to penetrate Control the tempo of the game by retaining possession Open up the field with combination play Look to disturb opponents defensive structure using

BP Sub Principle
Ball and player movement to create space for overload opportunities and time for 1v1 Receive the ball facing forward Play forward where possible Balance in attacking numbers and shape Support always available behind the ball in a diamond shape around the ball Good positional play using width and depth of the field Good starting positions and movement using width and depth of field Keep the ball & players moving to create space between and beyond the lines

Structured build up play

Effective and Efficient controlled possession

Create goal scoring opportunities using inventive combination play

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BPO Key Principle
Win the ball back high up field

BPO Principle (out of possession)
Win ball back immediately if possible Compact as a unit if pressing or dropping: squeeze the space If opponent able to get head up with time to pick pass Force the opposition inside in the opponents defensive third

BPO Sub Principle (out of possession))
Nearest player to the ball decide if able to close ball so we can press No gaps between the lines so we can stop ball played through us If opponent has time on ball drop out as a unit keep compact in width and depth. Close the wide passing lanes and remain tight and compact. Have good 1v1 or overload coverage in our defensive line Dictate where the opponent attacks from angles of defending to show one way or another Get close and compact to force the ball wide or long not able to play between the lines Close the passing lanes to short and medium forward passes Angle of closing down to show the opponent where we want them to go, other team players to read this situation

Deny space and time

Win ball back asap

Delay forward movement of ball

Force opposition wide

Force the long pass or clearance Limit opponents ability to create Make play predictable

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BP to BPO Key Principle

BP to BPO Principle

BP to BPO Sub Principle

Win the ball back as soon as possible

Win the ball back as quickly as possible as high as possible Press high up and force turnover

Nearest defender to close ball down if possible, the rest of team works off that decision As a unit squeeze the space from back to front & side to side

Win the ball back as close to the opposition goal as possible

Deny space and time to Force the opponents to do opponents moving the ball what they do not want to forwards do

Close down the ball and passing lanes ensuring the opponent cannot scan and pick out a forward pass Squeeze from back to front to ensure no gaps between the lines

Limit opportunities for the Ensure compact unit counter attack

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BP to BPO Key Principle

BPO to BP Principle

BPO to BP Sub Principle

Play a forward pass and Receive pass facing forward to penetrate with defence be able to play forward disorganised, looking as high as possible Quick Counter Attack Drive through the spaces in the Accelerate with the ball into the spaces and take-on unbalanced disorganized defence defenders 1v1 Play at high speed Speed of pass and movement and thought Good starting positions using width and depth of field Support always available behind the ball, in a diamond shape

Open up the field with movement Structured build up play Be prepared to keep the ball if unable to penetrate

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Player Characteristics
Goalkeeper
Technical/Tactical in BP  Understand how the team plays and be able to reinforce  Excellent handling, especially catching and hand distribution  Excellent at ball reception to both feet  Excellent ability to pass the ball over a distance of 50m with both feet  Ability to coordinate and organise defenders  Awareness of possibility of counter-attack, thus ability to play as a sweeper Technical/Tactical in BPO  Organisational ability for defenders  Excellent, clear and calm communication  Ability to handle cross balls  Excellent decision making, of when to come and when not to come for the ball  Excellent shot stopper on both sides and in 1 v 1 situations Physical Characteristics  Agility with quick feet, side to side and forward/backwards  Ability to move quickly and recover for double saves  Excellent hand/eye coordination  Peripheral vision Personality  Good football intelligence  Leadership Qualities  Self-belief  Motivated to learn and improve  Brave  Positive attitude  Team Player  Winning mentality

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Full Backs (Numbers 2 and 5)
Technical/Tactical in BP  Understand how the team plays and be able to reinforce  Excellent ball-handling at high speed, i.e. reception and first touch  Excellent at supporting the play with and without the ball  Excellent ability to pass the ball over a range of distances with both feet  Ability to maintain possession in tight areas  Awareness of possibility of counter-attack, quick transition from BP to BPO  Excellent crossing ability  Ability to play the game at a high tempo  Game awareness of when to provide inside and outside overlaps  Game awareness of combination plays with the winger and other attacking players  Excels in attacking 1v1 situations Technical/Tactical in BPO  Organisational ability for defenders  Excellent, clear and calm communication  Excellent positional knowledge, i.e. in overload against situations, pass interception  Game awareness of when and how to defend according to the team principles and specific team tactics  Good header of the ball  Awareness of possibility of counter-attack, quick transition from BPO to BP  Excellent in defending 1 v 1 situations  Ability to close down and prevent crosses Physical Characteristics  Speed and agility  Ability to maintain quick recovery over the period of the game  Balance and coordination  Good acceleration  Peripheral vision Personality  High Game Intelligence  Motivated to learn and improve  Positive attitude  Team Player  Creativity  Winning mentality  Self-Belief

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Central Defenders (Numbers 3 and 4)
Technical/Tactical in BP  Understand how the team plays and be able to reinforce  Excellent ball-handling at high speed, i.e. reception and first touch  Excellent at supporting the play with and without the ball  Excellent ability to pass the ball over a range of distances with both feet  Ability to maintain possession in tight areas  Awareness of possibility of counter-attack, quick transition from BP to BPO  Ability to play the game at a high tempo  Game awareness of when to carry the ball into the midfield 3rd  Game awareness of controlling the tempo of the game through possession and use of depth Technical/Tactical in BPO  Organisational ability for defenders/midfield/forward players  Excellent, clear and calm communication  Excellent positional knowledge, i.e. in overload against situations, pass interception  Game awareness of when and how to defend according to the team principles and specific team tactics  Excellent header of the ball  Awareness of possibility of counter-attack, quick transition from BPO to BP  Excellent in defending 1 v 1 situations Physical Characteristics  Speed and agility  Ability to maintain quick recovery over the period of the game  Balance and coordination  Good acceleration  Excellent spring – jumping ability  Peripheral vision Personality  High Game Intelligence  Motivated to learn and improve  Positive attitude  Team Player  Winning mentality  Leadership Qualities  Self-Belief

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Will Allan – Technical Director 2014

Deep Lying Playmaker (Number 6)
Technical/Tactical in BP  Understand how the team plays and be able to reinforce  Excellent ball-handling at high speed, i.e. reception and first touch and under pressure  Excellent at supporting the play with and without the ball  Excellent ability to pass the ball over a range of distances with both feet, particularly able to switch play  Ability to maintain possession in tight areas  Awareness of possibility of counter-attack, quick transition from BP to BPO  Ability to play the game at a high tempo  Game awareness of when to carry the ball into the midfield and attacking 3rd’s  Game awareness of controlling the tempo of the game through possession and use of depth  Be the metronome of the team  Effective and efficient in possession- very high pass completion rate  Ability to play between lines  Ability to play the unpredictable pass  Ability to shoot from long range Technical/Tactical in BPO  Organisational ability for defenders/midfield/forward players  Excellent, clear and calm communication  Excellent positional knowledge, i.e. in overload against situations, pass interception  Game awareness of when and how to defend according to the team principles and specific team tactics  Excellent header of the ball  Game awareness to screen the defence  Awareness of possibility of counter-attack, quick transition from BPO to BP  Excellent in defending 1 v 1 situations Physical Characteristics  Speed and agility  Ability to maintain quick recovery over the period of the game  Balance and coordination  Good acceleration  Excellent spring – jumping ability  Peripheral vision Personality  High Game Intelligence  Motivated to learn and improve  Positive attitude  Team Player  Winning mentality  Leadership Qualities  Creativity  Self-Belief

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Will Allan – Technical Director 2014

Midfield Players (Numbers 8 and 10)
Technical/Tactical in BP  Understand how the team plays and be able to reinforce  Excellent ball-handling at high speed, i.e. reception and first touch and under pressure  Excellent at supporting the play with and without the ball  Excellent ability to pass the ball over a range of distances with both feet  Ability to maintain possession in tight areas  Awareness of possibility of counter-attack, quick transition from BP to BPO  Ability to play the game at a high tempo  Excels in 1v1 attacking situations  Game awareness of controlling the tempo of the game through possession  Game awareness to have balance in midfield and forward rotational play  Game awareness to combine with teammates to create overload situations  Ability to play between lines  Ability to play the unpredictable pass  Ability to score, from long range and in the box  Ability to create goal scoring openings in tight areas Technical/Tactical in BPO  Organisational ability for midfield/forward players  Excellent, clear and calm communication  Excellent positional knowledge, i.e. in overload against situations, pass interception  Game awareness of when and how to defend according to the team principles and specific team tactics  Awareness of possibility of counter-attack, quick transition from BPO to BP  Good in defending 1 v 1 situations Physical Characteristics  Speed and agility  Ability to maintain quick recovery over the period of the game  Balance and coordination  Explosive acceleration  Excellent spring – jumping ability  Peripheral vision Personality  High Game Intelligence  Motivated to learn and improve  Positive attitude  Team Player  Winning mentality  Leadership Qualities  Highly Creative  Self-Belief

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Will Allan – Technical Director 2014

Wide Players (Numbers 7 and 11)
Technical/Tactical in BP  Understand how the team plays and be able to reinforce  Excellent ball-handling at high speed, i.e. reception and first touch and under pressure  Excellent at supporting the play with and without the ball  Excellent ability to pass the ball over a range of distances with both feet  Ability to maintain possession in tight areas  Awareness of possibility of counter-attack, quick transition from BP to BPO  Ability to play the game at a high tempo  Excels in 1v1 attacking situations  Game awareness of controlling the tempo of the game through possession and use of width  Game awareness to have balance in midfield and forward rotational play  Game awareness to combine with teammates to create overload situations  Ability to play between lines  Ability to play the unpredictable pass  Ability to score, from long range and in the box  Ability to create goal scoring openings in tight areas  Ability cross the ball Technical/Tactical in BPO  Excellent, clear and calm communication  Excellent positional knowledge, i.e. in overload against situations, pass interception  Game awareness of when and how to defend according to the team principles and specific team tactics  Ability to track back and support full back  Awareness of possibility of counter-attack, quick transition from BPO to BP  Good in defending 1 v 1 situations  Understanding of the full back role Physical Characteristics  Speed and agility  Ability to maintain quick recovery over the period of the game  Balance and coordination  Explosive acceleration  Quick feet  Peripheral vision Personality  High Game Intelligence  Motivated to learn and improve  Positive attitude  Team Player  Winning mentality  Leadership Qualities  High Creativity  Self-Belief

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Will Allan – Technical Director 2014

Central Striker (Number 9)
Technical/Tactical in BP  Understand how the team plays and be able to reinforce  Excellent ball-handling at high speed, i.e. reception and first touch and under pressure  Excellent at supporting the play with and without the ball  Excellent ability to pass the ball over a range of distances with both feet  Ability to maintain possession in tight areas  Awareness of possibility of counter-attack, quick transition from BP to BPO  Ability to play the game at a high tempo  Excels in 1v1 attacking situations  Game awareness to have balance in midfield and forward rotational play  Game awareness to combine with teammates to create goalscoring situations  Ability to play between lines  Game awareness to create space for others through intelligent runs  Ability to play the unpredictable pass  Ability to score, from long range and in the box  Ability to create goal scoring openings in tight areas  Good header of the ball Technical/Tactical in BPO  Excellent, clear and calm communication  Excellent positional knowledge, i.e. in overload against situations, pass interception  Game awareness of when and how to defend according to the team principles and specific team tactics  Awareness of possibility of counter-attack, quick transition from BPO to BP Physical Characteristics  Speed and agility  Ability to maintain quick recovery over the period of the game  Balance and coordination  Explosive acceleration  Excellent spring – jumping ability  Peripheral vision Personality  High Game Intelligence  Motivated to learn and improve  Positive attitude  Team Player  Winning mentality  Leadership Qualities  Highly Creative  Self-Belief

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Will Allan – Technical Director 2014

Common Player Characteristics
Technical/Tactical
           Excellent ball-handling at high speed, i.e. reception and first touch and under pressure Excellent at supporting the play with and without the ball Excellent ability to pass the ball over a range of distances with both feet Ability to maintain possession in tight areas Ability to play the game at a high tempo Excels in 1v1 attacking situations Good in defending 1 v 1 situations Game awareness Excellent positional knowledge, i.e. in overload against situations, pass interception Understand how the team plays and be able to reinforce When and how to defend according to the team principles and specific team tactics

Physical
     Speed and agility Ability to maintain quick recovery over the period of the game Balance and coordination Explosive acceleration Peripheral vision

Personality
        High Game Intelligence Motivated to learn and improve Positive attitude Team Player Winning mentality Leadership Qualities Creative Self-Belief

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Summary
The key player attributes are:               Excellent 1 v 1 (Attacking and Defending) Shooting, passing (Striking the ball) Positioning and support (Attacking and Defending) Receiving at high speed, in tight areas, under pressure (First Touch) Creativity Knowledge and understanding of the Team Principles and tactics Game Awareness/Intelligence SAQ (Speed, Agility, Quickness) Peripheral vision Desire to learn with positive attitude Winning Mentality Team player but a leader Self-Belief Communication

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Will Allan – Technical Director 2014

Core Skills for Pine Hills FC Players
Technical  Excellent 1 v 1 (Attacking and Defending)  Shooting, passing (Striking the ball)  Positioning and support (Attacking and Defending)  Receiving at high speed, in tight areas, under pressure (First Touch) Tactical  Creativity  Knowledge and understanding of the Team Principles and tactics  Game Awareness/Intelligence Mental  Game Awareness/Intelligence  Desire to learn with positive attitude  Winning Mentality  Self-Belief  Team player but a leader Physical  SAQ (Speed, Agility, Quickness)  Peripheral vision  Communication

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