Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Transition to Attack

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Keith Cappo
Name: Keith Cappo
City: Drexel Hill, PA
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 8 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Winning possession and transitioning to attack.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 4 v 4 + 2 Targets

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 4 v 4 + 2 Targets
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4 v 4 + 2 Targets

Set Up: Two 15x15 yard grids are created side-by-side. Targets are set up on each end, and it is 4 v 4 inside [balls, pinnies, cones].

Activity: Both teams attempt to maintain possession of the ball inside the 15x15 yard grid. Points are awarded for playing the ball to a target at the perimeter of the OPPOSITE grid and then traveling to the other grid to receive the return pass - play then continues in that grid. Targets are restricted to 2 touch. Work for 3 - 4 minutes at a time.

Coaching Points: quick transitions and support play, travel as ball travels, angles of support, quality of passing, tempo, awareness


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 4 v 3 + 1

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4 v 3 + 1

Set Up: same as before, now just 8 players, remove targets and set up 4 v 3 in one half with remaining defender in zone by themself [balls, pinnies, cones].

Activity: One player from the defending team must remain in the opposite grid as shown above. The other 3 teammates must attempt to gain possession from the 4 opposing players. This creates a numbers-down situation for the defensive team and forces them to work as a "unit" to regain possession. If the defensive team wins possession they must quickly switch the ball to their teammate in the opposite grid. Immediately they must travel to support the play. Points are awarded for a successful "switch" and 7 consecutive passes. Games are 3-4 minutes in length.

Coaching Points: defending as units, regain possession quickly, look to switch quickly, travel quickly, mental focus.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 7 v 7 Into Strikers

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7 v 7 Into Strikers

Set Up: Game to goals, 3 zones are created on the pitch - 7v7 [can vary] in middle zone, 1v1 in each end zone as shown. Size of zones can vary, but end zones should be at least 20 yards, and middle zone at least 30 yards. Width of penalty box is good [balls, pinnies, cones, goals].

Activity: Both teams compete in the middle zone for possession of the ball. Players are encouraged to look for opportunities to play forward to the target player in the end zone. After playing the ball into the target player 3 players must "burst" forward into the end zone to support the attack - this creates a 4v1 going to goal. No defensive players from the middle zone can track back to defend in the end zone. After an attempt on goal play resumes with a pass into the central zone by the coach.

Progressions: [1] allow players back to defend, [2] one team has to make a certain number of passes before playing into target and the other team can quick counter once they win the ball, [3] remove restrictions, free play.

Coaching Points: Play quickly into the center-forward upon winning possession of the ball, Travel quickly to support the attack, NO long passing sequences - players are encouraged to get an attack off quickly,Timing/angle of runs from center-forward is crucial.


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