Number 17 in our series on the favorite exercises of college coaches comes from Chris Brown of the University of South Florida Women’s Team. Coach Brown has attained the USSF A license and the National Youth License. Before coming to USF, he was the co-head coach at Virginia Commonwealth University. He had an eleven year playing career that saw him suit up for FC Dallas, the Tampa Bay Mutiny, the Richmond Kickers, New Orleans Storm, TusCelle of Germany, Tyreso FC of Sweden. He first saw the following exercise when one of our other contributors demonstrated it. Keith first saw it when current U17 National Team head coach Wilmer Cabrera used it with the young Nat’s. I say all this to show that the sharing of information is what will progress our sport in our country. You can find information about the tremendous camp that USF puts on in Tampa, FL at www.bullssoccercamps.com … I have worked it personally and can attest to it being top notch.
Two lines are extended across the width of the field. One is placed across the bottom of the center circle and one across the top of the circle, dividing the field into three zones. A goal is placed on each of the two lines facing away from each other. Game is played with 9 field players and a goalkeeper on each team. Each team defends one goal and attacks the other goal. The game begins in one side of the field. Players can score by scoring a goal or completing 10 passes. Once the defending team wins possession, they immediately transition to the other side of the field to attack the other goal. Teams may not go to goal unless all of their players have come into their attacking zone, however, they may start counting passes with the first entry pass into the attacking zone (even though the whole team is not over). GK for the attacking team must step into the middle zone, but can enter the attacking zone and use his or her feet. Field spacing is determined by physical ability, age, amount of space the players can cover, or what the coach is trying to achieve.