Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Off Ball Movement of Support Players & Strikers - U14+ Welty (Start Time: 2015-07-26 08:50:00)

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Joshua Welty, Adult Member

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Joshua Welty
Name: Joshua Welty
City: Kansas City
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 9 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Training Objectives: Teach the off ball movement of support players, including angles of support, quality & timing of runs to elude (1) pressuring defenders & (2) tracking defenders, and quickly combine to unbalance the defensive unit.

This session is designed for a down day in periodization. The activities are physically lower in intensity demand, but the session demands mental focus and learning. Players must think about and understand their angles of support. Reading the game is also vital to the session success.

Questions to answer in this session: Why do we support at angles? Who needs to support in different situations in the game? Who makes support runs to join in possession? Attack? When should these runs occur? Can the players read the play, and tell you what happens next (with the ball OR with other players) at a stop? Ask questions to your players to check that they are understanding.

Visual Cues: Depth and pace of pressuring defender influences the angle of the support run. Play the ball into areas away from defenders and into areas where we have a numbers up (2v1, 3v1, etc.) situation. If the striker (or another player) recieves the ball in an area where he can't go to goal, can you make runs to support them so that our team retains possession?


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Full Team Warm Up Pattern

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Full Team Warm Up Pattern (15 mins)

Organization: Team moves ball in pattern, pass then bend run to next position, receive next ball with back foot, and so on. Multiples balls in play. Add extra players with more balls. 2 touch play. Progression: players must receive with back foot - alternating right foot, left foot.

Instructions: Shape can be altered to accommodate more (or less) players. You should use enough balls so that players are constantly moving with little rest in between touches. Good to have entire team in one activity from time to time and not split up into smaller groups. Could also do a SHADOW PLAY activity on how we want to move the ball through the 3rds of the field.

Coaching Points: Quality & pace of passes. Keep ball on the turf. Open hips & body to the next pass and receive the ball with back foot, clearing body with 1st touch to prepare ball for the next pass. Bending of runs, timing of runs, to clear space, then arriving at the same time as the ball. Move the balls as quickly as possible. Take the extra touch to regain control if needed. Stay behind ball


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 3 Pass Inside-Out Combination Pattern

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3 Pass Inside-Out Combination Pattern (30 mins)

Organization: 3 Pass inside-out combination pattern. Pattern as shown. After players learn pattern add 1, then 2 defenders. Players must complete same pattern vs defenders. Playing area should be free for the players to choose how much space they need to complete the pattern.

Instructions: One of my favorite pattern play activities because it is free flowing, not rote, and the players must think & move to make it happen. Early in the activity, introduce communication and calling for the ball. Then clean up the angles of the support runs to assist in the middle combinations. Once they get that, add one defender, and the angles of support should make more sense to the players. With the defender added, coach the depth of support in relation to where the defender is at. Then add a second defender and see if they can still do the pattern. This is not a short activity because there are a lot of tactical coaching points & decisions that need to be made for fluid movement. Make sure your central midfielders and strikers understand the movements as it directly relates to their position.

Coaching Points: Off ball timing, movement, angles and distance of support runs, quick ball movement. Play 1 touch when possible, 2 touch if you must. Technical passing & receiving quality. Communication & calling for the passes. Reading the game and knowing what is going to happen next (and then next) as it develops and getting into that space at the correct time.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 3 Zone MF Combination & Striker Movement

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3 Zone MF Combination & Striker Movement (25 mins)

Organization: 3 Zone Midfield Combination & Striker Movement - Play starts from GK. MF must have a combination before playing to Striker who has 2 touches to score OR layoff/pass to a joining midfielder who can enter after ball enters the final 3rd.

Instructions: The pattern of play in activity I & II should come out in this game if the players understand. Make sure your teams stay connected even though they are restricted to 3rds of the field. This is especially important to the defenders & striker, so the midfield has options off the ball. Midfielders must read the play in their 3rd and then read the play into the striker to time their support runs if a support run is necessary.

Coaching Points: Timing, bending, & starting position of Striker run. Choice by striker to penetrate & go to goal or layoff based on field position & position of defenders. Strikers body position & 1st touch to get behind defenders. Support movement by MF to create combinations. Defense support of MF. Decision of MF to possess or penetrate to striker. MF Reading play to make joining run to goal.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 8v8 Soccer

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8v8 Soccer (20 mins)

Organization: Play 8v8 with no restrictions to big goals.

Coaching Points: Coach the combinations and support runs (off ball movement) in the game. Players need to stay physically moving & mentally engaged (to read game) to decide when to make runs and time them for fluid team & ball movement in attack. Can you see the practiced pattern of play? Do the players come up with their own solutions?


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