Football/Soccer Session (U7): Dribbling and pressured attacking

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Alan Williams, Adult Member

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Alan  Williams
Name: Alan Williams
City: Dayton
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 0 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm up

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Warm up (5 mins)

Organization: 1 Ball per player (juggling) 1 Ball per Pair ( 1v1 leverge)

Instructions:

Once without the ball. 2 players 1 attacker 1 defender of players practice running at the front shoulder of the defender. The attacker should attack the weakside of the defender, prompting the defender to adjust. The defender should adjust turning their shoulder and body completely. The attacker then adjusts and attacks the other side. Partners switch roles. 2x (without ball) 3x with ball.

Coaching Points:

Defenders should not stand open or flat footed. Defender should be forcing attacker wide or onto their weaker foot.

Attacker should remain aggressive. No not wait to allow defender too much time to recover in. between, yet still allow them to simulate the entire motion of switching shoulders.

Progressions:

Start quick without the ball, encourage attacker to take on defender with speed

With the ball attempt to dribble quickly at the leading shoulder of the defender. If neccesary allow players to reduce speed, until player beings to show more control


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm Up/Technical 1

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Warm Up/Technical 1 (15 mins)

SET UP:

Two groups working at the same time (adjust according to size of group).

Players A and B, at the same time, begin moving with their ball towards the right of the center cone.

When they reach center cone, perform a static ball manipulation skill (5 toe taps etc.). Once completed, they continue dribbling and finish at the back of the new line.

Completion of ball manipulation skill acts as the trigger for the next player to dribble forwards.

Key Points

Ball control

Multiple touches on the ball

Keep the ball moving

Change of pace away from the cone

CONSIDERATIONS:

- Encourage intensity

- Ensure players understand why they use their right foot when dribbling to the right of center cone (ball protection)

POTENTIAL PROGRESSIONS:

- Have the players dribble to the left of the center cone, forcing them to use other foot.

- Introduce a variety of static ball manipulation skills.

Individual Challenges: (5 Toe Taps) (5 Inside Step L/R) (5 Outside Step L/R)

Advanced ball manipulation skills (Alternate dribbling side) 3-touch trap & drag across (L/R) x6 alternate starting foot

Stop the ball at cone and use a burst of pace with turn to get away from the cone

(Hello-Goodbye) Knock the ball back slightly with your heel. Catch it and push it back forward with the inside of your other foot.) V-Pull Touch the ball towards a defender. When he commits to the tackle pull the ball across your body to your opposite foot, then touch the ball into open space.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical 2

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Technical 2 (10 mins)

SET UP:

Players A and B, at the same time, begin moving with their ball towards the right of the center cone.

When they reach center cone, stop the ball, protect, and push with the outside of their foot towards the gate on the right.

Return to the back of their original line. Trigger for next player to go is when player in front performs the push.

Key Points

Ball protection

Quick change of direction / speed (Players attempt wide outside turn, and sharper, then progess to 180)

Close control

CONSIDERATIONS:

- Encourage intensity.

- Ensure use of both feet.

POTENTIAL PROGRESSIONS: 5x Shield & Push L/R 5x Outside step (L/R) 5x (Pull back and turn 180L/R)

- Introduce a variety of side moves, including turns and ones involving more disguise.

Outside Stepover: Bring leg outside, overtop, and step over ball (inside fake) Use same foot to push ball to the outside, with the outside of the foot.

Individual Challenges:

Can you go the opposite direction and force player coming from the other side to make a last second change to intended direction


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical 3

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Technical 3 (15 mins)

SET UP:

Player A passes the ball to Player B.

As soon as Player B receives the ball, Player A becomes a defender and is allowed to close Player B down.

Player B needs to dribble through either of the two gates - ball MUST be under control when doing so in order to get the point.

Key Points

First touch

Quick decision making

Disguise

CONSIDERATIONS:

- Encourage intensity.

- Ensure realism i.e. defender is closing down quickly.

- For younger players, have the coach / assistant make the passes.

POTENTIAL PROGRESSIONS:

- Introduce a third target for the attacker (the end line behind the defender)

- Competition: 1 point for side gate, 2 points for end line

Individual Challenges:

Attackers can come out with a supporting player to increase success

Two defenders come out to increase difficulty for a player getting lots of success


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Screen 5

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Screen 5 (15 mins)

Organization:

20 x 30 yard area set up (2.) 6 Players, one ball per player

Instructions:

(1.) Group is split into two. (2.) The cone at the center represents a passive defender (3.) Two players from opposite sides must dribble out towards the middle cone, execute a turn or feint through the first gate. (4.) drive ball towards middle cone, execute a move cutting out (i.e leg scissors, inside/outside Cruyff, step over) to set up dribble to cut (Inside/outside of foot when neccesary) in through 2nd gate and dribble in the opposite corner. As soon as the players are past the center cone the next group sets off

Coaching Points: Positive First Touch to engage defender (2.) Timing of execution of skill (3.) Sell the move using the upper body (feint) (4.) Movement of technique being taught. (5.) Cut into the space behind the defender 'Close the door'

Progressions:

1 Remove the center cone. Replace with a live defender. Defender is now tasked with defending players from both sides. (2.) Remove 3 central cones. Have one player utilize the driven pass across to the other corner. Receiving player begins dribble & attack. Passing player follows their pass and acts as the defender. If neccesary remove 3 aligned central cones to allow more space for dribbling. However, the challenge of changing directions,close control, stop-acceleration is greatly reduced. (**Drill 6 compensates and allows players more space early, but forces them to react to multiple variables**)


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Screen 6

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Screen 6

Organization: 20 x 30 yard area

Instructions: Players start by running from behind touchline and retrieve soccer ball from inside net. Once attacking player retrieves ball, defender is allow to begin obstacle course and engage. Cutting outside the cone. (2.) Players then dribble at the defender in the center cone. But must be ready for oncoming pressure by second defender. (3.) If dribbler successfully beats central defender, dribbler can then accelerate and attempt to finish. If dribbler loses possession defenders are encouraged to work together and shoot at the opposing net. Attacking player must now defend and work to get the ball back <Note> As soon as dribbler engages central defender. The last defender begins the obstacle course and attempts to stop attacker from scoring.

Coaching Points: (1.) Quick reactions. Defender and attackers must react to various cues. Extra pressure means dribbler must attack central defender quicker to maintain 1 v 1 advantage. Or creates extra pressure for attacker to deal with (1 v 2). (2.) Leverage. Dribblers should be taught to attack defender on the defenders weaker side or open up the defender to create a lane. Dribblers should be encouraged to attack central defender on the side with the oncoming 2nd defender. If timed correctly, it will force the 2nd defender to recover from bad angles. While teaching attacking player about attacking defenders while causing defenders to lose balance.

(3.) Defensive Positioning. Defenders should be taught how to cope with oncoming attackers. Pusher the attacker wide, and press early rather than let attacker come. 2nd defender should adjust after cut and regain speed simulating sudden changes defenders face, while learning how to take various angles to better position body to defend. Both defenders are encouraged to stay quick and press.

(4.) Dribbler turns attacker after beating central defender and now must score before 3rd defender arrives. Players are to be taught to keep composure and aim to score, rather than shoot wildly. First to 3 wins.

(5.) When attacker loses possession they are encouraged to win it back. When defenders win possession, they are encouraged to hold, pass, transition, and look to finish.

Progressions: Cones around central defender, with the explanition of understanding how not overcommit and give up defensive positioning. While waiting for 2nd defender assist. To encourage dribbler to attack 3rd defender, a line can be set up half way between final box and goal to encourage players to take more precise finish.


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