|Country:||United States of America|
|Rank:||Elite – 9 points|
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?