Football/Soccer Session (Mixed age): Player Roles & Responsibilities in a 1-3-5-2

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Tony Mee
Name: Tony Mee
City: Doncaster
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 25 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): General

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General

General

All systems of play have advantages and disadvantages. You may choose to play this formation to suit your available players or because it gives you a tactical advantage. If you elect to play with this shape you need to understand the areas where you are vulnerable and have a strategy to overcome the ensuing problem. The same is true of all systems of play.

What follows is my take on this system, You may have additional roles & responsibilities you want to give but I try to stick to 2 or 3 in possession and 2 or 3 out of possession.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Goalkeeper

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Goalkeeper

Goalkeeper

In Possession

Distribute effectively. Scan forward when you have secured the ball and kick early with pace if it is an advantage to do so. Play short to defenders/midfield if your forwards are matched up.

Be an option when your team is in possession of the ball.

Communicate clearly and early with purposeful instruction.

Out of Possession

Starting position relative to the ball and in line with the ball and your goal.

Be prepared to play as a sweeper/keeper when the defence pushes up.

Shot stopping - ready position, decision whether to catch, punch or parry. React to second chances.


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

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Back 3

Centre Backs

In Possession

Be prepared to take possession from the GK or other defenders.

Try to play angled passes behind the opposition. Play sharp, quick passes to Wing Backs & midfield players.

Be prepared to step out from defence with the ball if there is space to do so.

Out of Possession

Be prepared to defend in 1v1 situations, delaying the attack when possible.

Attack aerial balls with power, purpose and timing.

Develop a good understanding with your partners and communicate effectively.

Try not to get drawn into wide areas.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Wing Backs

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Wing Backs

Wing Backs

In Possession

Try to give width and depth to the attack when playing out from the back.

Try to provide crosses from different angles in the attacking half of the pitch.

Try to play angled passes behind the opposition or into the forward's feet in the attacking third.

Be prepared to play 1v1 in possession of the ball.

Out of Possession

Recover to a defensive position quickly, to make a midfield 5 or a back 5 depending where the ball is.

Provide defensive cover in wide areas.

Defend the far post area when the opposition is crossing from the opposite flank.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Holding MF

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Holding MF

Holding MF

In Possession

Try to release other midfield players and forwards with passes which break the opposition's lines.

Be prepared to get on the ball from defenders and your GK.

Communicate effectively with your team mates.

Encourage attacking midfielders to support the attack when playing in the final third.

Out of Possession

Provide a defensive screen, block passes into the strikers and try to steal from the "wrong" side.

Drop in as a supplementary CB if they are pulled wide (vulnerable area in this formation).

Be close enough to defenders to pick up second balls from tackles/blocked shots etc.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Attacking MF

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Attacking MF

Attacking Midfielders

In Possession

Try to play quick combinations, to shift the opposition, in middle and attacking thirds of the pitch.

Try to link play from and to the Wing Backs and Forwards.

Recognise when to run beyond the Forwards.

Out of Possession

Try to pressure your opponents quickly, try to intercept passes.

Disrupt the opposition's build-up play.

Try to force the opposition to play into congested areas or backwards.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Forwards

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Forwards

Forwards

In Possession

Be positive & direct in advanced areas of the pitch. Shoot with precision.

Show for passes into feet and try to receive on the half turn.

When play is developing in wide areas, look for spaces between defenders to attack crosses.

Out of Possession

Be an effective first line of defence.

Force the defenders to play into central areas or make risky passes.

Try to prevent the ball going into midfield and win the ball from the "wrong" side.


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