Football/Soccer Session (U16): (YDP) Counter-attacking

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Alex Sabatini
Name: Alex Sabatini
City: kleinburg
Country: Canada
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Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): (YDP) Counter-attacking

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): (YDP) Counter-attacking
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(YDP) Counter-attacking

Practice organisation

• Half pitch, working across the width, with 5yd channel marked by

cones at each end, as illustrated.

• 15 players, arranged 7v7, plus one floater, who plays for the team in

possession at all times.

• Practice starts with: Coach passes into practice area, to either team.

• A’s look to keep possession & look for opportunity

to get ball into opponent’s end zone.

• Passer must make forward run until team mates have achieved 2

consecutive passes elsewhere.

• On loss of possession D’s look to quickly break forward to other end

& score by running ball into opposite end zone.

• After counter-attack attempt: coach restarts practice by feeding

into previous counter-attacking team & roles are reversed.

Detail

• Area modified, depending on numbers & age of players.

• Timing, speed & angle of forward runs to support receiving player.

• Assessing build-up play whilst making runs.

• Encourage flowing combination play, to establish good tempo of

forward passing moves.

• D’s to defend realistically at all times, tracking runs & challenging.

• Simple progressions for this practice are:

- Introduce 2GK’s (one at either end), initially without goals

to act as ‘sweepers’ & defend end zones.

- Introduce goals for GK’s & D’s to defend.

Key coaching points

• Quick reaction to movement of players to initiate counter-attack.

• Look to penetrate behind opposition with runs & well-placed passes.

• Intelligent use of possession, movement & individual skills,

on & off the ball.

• D’s deny space & delay progress, looking for opportunities to

intercept, spoil & initiate counter-attack from regains of possession.

U12 – The player should be able to complete the Learning outcomes in 4v4 functional practices.

U13 – The players should be able to complete the Learning outcomes during under loaded functional practices

U14 – The players should be able to complete the Learning outcomes during under loaded functional practice and SSG

U15/16 – The players should be able to complete the Learning outcomes during under loaded functional practices and 11 v 11 games.


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