with Elmar Bolowich, University of North Carolina Head Coach; 2001 NCAA Champions, 2001 NSCAA National Coach of the Year.
Coach Bolowich and his assistants present this excellent training session in three phases; phase one is attacking the goal and getting behind the defender for a shot, phase two is the 7 v 5 situation and the third phase is an 11 v 10 situation, including: quality of shots, crosses from the flanks, timed runs into the box and combination play. One-on-one play is key to this training session. The 7 v 5 session looks for quality crosses, passes and hitting the key target areas. Attacks from the center of the field with combination play are also a focus. Offensive keys to the 7 v 5 session are: two attackers up front, hit the target post positions, timing, and quality shots on goal. Defensively - the counter attack, playing out the ball, initiating the attack and visible offside line are important. Benefits of the 7 v 5 training are to create combination plays, serving the ball to targets, practicing quality shots on goal and gaining total field awareness. The 11 v 10 situation focuses on decision-making, being aware of the entire field before passing, and finding the open post in the box before giving up the ball and switching the ball to the opposite side of the field when zones are overloaded are important to solid play in 11 vs. 10. Throughout, Bolowich reinforces good team communication and learning to work effectively as a unit.