Last Sunday, our junior team was motivated to play against two Japanese Senior teams. We also appreciated the support of the parents who came to watch despite the cold and rain.
In total, we played 4 games of 25 minutes.
We won the 1st 2-0,
we tied the 2nd 0-0,
lost the 3rd 1-2,
and tied the last 0-0.
What we liked was that all the players tried to play good combination football despite facing a (much) more experienced Japanese opponents. When the whole team is in the same playing mode it is really a joy to watch. We saw many players step up and take more responsibility and that’s the way forward for us. Things to improve is to stay focused at the back against a stronger opponent… You cannot afford a mistake so it’s all about taking a fast/right decision when you are under pressure. We explained also that the first cross into the box is better instead of taking another touch and cross afterward. We like our forwards to be open-minded and look for nearby solutions if they are boxed in. Last but not least, we need to practice on our finishing as we could have won all 4 matches if we finished the shots better.
Overall we were happy about today and we will see you all the training on Thursday. We will play Japan U18 next Sunday at 13:00 at Waigaoqiao.
It was a great day with beautiful and amazing weather. A blue sky no pollution and 24 degrees in February. Our Junior team was invited to play a mini-tournament against 4 Japanese senior teams. It was a great opportunity for our juniors to get a taste of the senior level. Also, because we could play 4 x 20 minutes games; it gave us the chance to try out different formations.
In our first match of this mini-tournament, we asked all the players to press as high as possible. It worked well especially from the forwards who were chasing up the Japanese defenders. Our own defense struggled a bit to move up quickly but that’s why these training matches are good for as later in the game they got better and better. It was Ryan who gave us the lead when he ran alone to the keeper. That was the winner of the match.
In the second match, we dominated the possession but were less threatening upfront. We played well in the midfield and our forwards created chances. The best one was for Henry who set himself up perfect only to see his effort gone wide. The opponent twice on a break lobbed the ball over our keeper and we lost the match.
In our third match, we tried a new tactic to play with three defenders and two wing-backs. By doing so we managed to use all the space of the field and played our best football of the day. We managed 4-5 passes in a row and created several opportunities. JP and James came closest to score but you need a bit of luck. On the other hand, we thought the Japanese would score the winner in the last few minutes but a super tackle of Pat kept our sheet clean. The match was a joy to watch despite ending in 0-0.
In our last match, we kept the same tactic and tried to build on it. The legs were a bit tired and unfortunately, Ryan had to get out on injury. Yu Xuan had a super save as goalie at the end to keep the score 0-0.
Overall, we are happy with the progress you guys are making. Last Thursday’s training was especially much better and today you stood up as a team against senior players in this mini-tournament. Let’s continue to work hard together and get better. By the way, Julia already played 70 minutes with the Legends in the morning and was voted MOM. Great Job Julia.
Well done Lions and we see you all on Thursday at the training.
It was a perfect day to play as it felt like spring just had arrived in Shanghai with the temperature reaching 17 degrees. It was a working Sunday ahead of the CNY holiday but it was great to see many parents come to watch and support our U18 team. Japan FC U18 team had more than two teams but the older ones got the priority to play first.
Our plan was to start fast and try to look for early goals. When Ryan tried his luck in the first minute with a long-range from the right it was too hard for Ryu’s father who helped the Japanese team as a goalie. Maybe the goal came a bit too early as after that we didn’t play well as there was no connection between the defender and the midfielders and no connection between our midfielders and our forwards. In between the lines, there was so much open space as the defense was sitting too deep and our forwards stayed up too high. We got punished for that by Japan FC U18 who with their quick feet and passing had no problem scoring two goals in 7 minutes taking advantage of the free space we gave them. Guess that was the wake-up call we needed and we started to play better on an attack over the left the ball was not cleared in the Japanese box and Ryan didn’t hesitate to equalize for us. In the last minutes of the first half, we started to play very well and took a 3-2 lead by a tip-in from JP.
The second half was much better from our side with our defenders and midfielder and attackers playing like one unit and it was much harder for Japan to get the ball in their possession. We enjoyed our passing game and everybody kept their tasks within the team. We came very close on several occasions to score one ball was saved by Ryu from the line after his father was already passed. It was Philipp who scored a nice goal placing the ball in the far left corner to make it 4-2 for us. Jason played a few minutes in the end. By the way, it was his last match for the moment as he will go back to the USA to finish high school… We will miss him of course and wish him all the best. Japan scored a nice goal at the end with a long-range well placed shot over Sean our new goalie.
Overall it was a good match for both teams and we like to thank Michael the father of Alexander who did a great job as a referee. This coming Thursday we will have no training due to CNY however we will train on February 18th, 2021. On February 21st at 13:00, we will participate in a mini-tournament with the older youth players and a few senior players against 4 Japanese senior teams at Waigaoqiao.
Last Sunday, our youth team was able to play an 11-aside match against DEQ on the grass field in Waigaoqiao. It was also nice to see parents from both teams coming out there to support our youth players. Special mention to M. Jobst who was supporting DEQ this time 😉 We had 13 youth players and it was good to see Alexander back in the squad after a long injury; Kevin to help out as goalie; David and Yang Yang making their debut in the team.
We started well and were playing fast with a lot of pressing and after 10 minutes we scored 1-0 by Ryan on a fast break. It looked like we would score a few more goals quickly but we dropped our level after the goal and instead of the one-stop solution we kept the ball too long and slowed down our own game not realizing it. DEQ defended our attacks with more ease. The game became boring with not many chances on both sides.
At the halftime break, we needed to set the record straight, and after checking with our players what they thought about the team performance we told them it was not good enough and asked all players to step up their game and give more. It worked as in the first 15 minutes of the second half we played very well and all players were more involved and our passing game was much faster and better. We got opportunities but just missed a bit of luck in the final finish but the build-ups were great. DEQ did get an equalizer with a low shot in the left corner but we kept looking for the winner afterward. We thought Ryan would score the winner after a great build-up and cross which he handled perfectly with his first touch but his strike went just wide.
Overall a good performance and these kinds of games are all about learning and getting more experience. We will look for another 11 aside match as soon as possible and look forward to seeing everyone at the training on Thursday.
Last Sunday, our youth team was up against Juventus Academy Shanghai for a friendly game. And it was the kind of response we were expecting from the team after the last poor Thursday training. Our prematch speech was very simple “Stop always arguing and let your feet do the talking!”
Against Juventus, it is always a difficult game as they do have a couple of skillful players. However, in the first 30 minutes, we probably played our best football this year.
A solid backline who played simple and took care of the Juventus forwards.
Our midfield running the show with fast combinations and a lot of movement
Our fast forwards Kyle & Jason being a constant threat to Juventus’ defense line
The good thing is that older players took their responsibilities. They lead the team but also helped younger players to catch up. As a result, we managed to outplay the defense of Juventus Academy Shanghai many times resulting in a 4-0 lead.
Football is a mind game and when you get older and get more experience you will be more prepared to deal with it. We surely got opportunities to make it 5-0 or 6-0 but we drop a bit our focus and missed those chances… On the other side, we conceded two goals by our own mistakes and we gave them a lifeline to come back in the match.
At halftime, we told our players to be careful and to defend our lead as if Juventus would score another one it will change the game completely as we would feel down and their spirit would be up. So It is exactly what happened within only 5 minutes in the second half… As they got their early goal, it was only uphill and we kind of collapsed for a while.
After being 5-4 down, we did get our composure back, created good chances, and almost leveled the match. As for highlights, a great strike from Daniel and a super run and cross-in combo from JP should have turned into goals.
Let’s all come to training on Thursday and we make it one of the best sessions of the season.
It was a nice setup at the grass field at Waigaoqiao for the Lions youth team. We had a small squad this time and we were up against Japan FC youth academy who luckily for them got more players back to Shanghai.
We started poor by lack of focus and it looked like it would end in a 0-0 draw. However, after the first 30 minutes, we put everything in order during the break team talk and we started to play better football. What was important was that each player kept their positions and the first objective was a quick pass within a couple of minutes we were 3-0 up and all goals coming from nice field plays with short combinations. Japan did well to score a nice goal from a corner with a good header from not their tallest player and that’s something we can learn from as we got several corners but didn’t manage to score.
As the game went on we were very pleased with all players’ performances as we created many opportunities and scored another 3 goals. Japan FC youth academy deserved the last goal for their never-give-up attitude to make the final score 6-2.
Coaches were pleased with the progress especially from the younger players and we are looking forward to the training on Thursday as well as our next BIG match against Juventus 11 aside next Sunday at 12:00 kick-off at Qi Yi.
It was our second week of league matches for our youngest Lions last Sunday. Our squad is getting bigger with more players giving it a try. It was a special day because of Halloween and some of our players were dressed up to put some extra fear into the opponents. Coached by Jason and Yuxuan, the lions showed good technical control and tried to pass the ball around. There was also more attention to the different positions on the field so everybody could try out another position including goalie as our Halloween spiderman inspired all his teammates :). After the matches, all the players got rewarded with candies so all the players came home with a smile and made their parents proud
What beautiful weather yesterday and setting for our youth-friendly match last Saturday. It is always nice to be able to play on real grass… It was great to see the majority of the senior team come to support our youth academy players. While they themselves suffered a heavy loss in the SIFL a few minutes before, it would have been easy for them going back home… Instead many of them stayed back and gave advice to the youngest. That’s the spirit of a real football club!
As it was a 7 aside match. As always our focus was to build-up from the back, going through the midfield with fast and simple passes and using the wings to get through YKFC’s defense with one or two players in the box to finish it off. We had good spells but also sometimes we took it too easy in defending. YKFC was better on the day in finishing the opportunities we did have most of the ball possession but found it hard to be dangerous in the box. The final result was 4-2 for YKFC in the end and we can learn from our mistakes to play better next time.
After the match, the seniors challenged the academy in a penalty shoot-out and the youth lost it 6-5. It was a close encounter but also nice to see the interaction between youth and senior players… This is the true spirit we want to give within Shanghai Lions Football Club. Also, remember it’s only a matter of time before the youth to win against the seniors 😉
As Nick mentioned we did a hard F45 session Sunday before and we think these sessions are very good to build core and mental strength. The players who attended did a great job and worked very hard. Well done Lions!
We go back to the training on Thursday and working on friendlies vs DEQ (Friday evening) and Juventus 11 aside (Sunday afternoon on November 15th, 2020)
After our successful youth camp last summer, we have been thinking about organizing matches for the younger age group on a regular basis for boys and girls like those who attended our last Coerver coaching training camp… Therefore, we have decided to create a Lions U9 team and let them play in the SPL U9 league on Sunday mornings.
Looking sharp in their brand new Lions outfit and with the help of Jason as a coach; they were ready to play and have fun at the same time. With the supporting parents on the sideline, they played very well with good ball movement and passing, and of course, the players were technically good which became clear during the 5 aside matches. In the end, they won both their matches and deserve a big compliment for their effort and teamwork.
Well done young Lions we are looking forward to next week’s matches in SPL U9.
We wanted to try out something new for our youth players and signed up for a try out session at F45 Fitness last Sunday. With over 20 players we had a nice group but didn’t know what to expect… Soon we realized it was going to be hard work and a serious workout after the coaches explained the concept. We had to work 12 stations in teams of 2 in 15 minutes without any stop. The exercises were explained on video screens and the coaches corrected us when we missed out on some techniques. After the first round, we had a two-minute water break and started our second round by now legs were getting sore, and push-ups became harder the final blow was the third round to complete the 45 minutes high-intensity workout.
Our player did really well and it was a good example for them to work on the body and mind at the same time and see the benefits. After the cool down, it was time for our reward and we all went to Fat Cow to eat a juicy burger in order to make sure the calories we lost at F45 Fitness were back on! We liked the concept and will use it more times in the future.