Football/Soccer Session (U11): RSA U11G Thunder - Winter S4

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Ashley Thomas, Adult Member

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Ashley Thomas
Name: Ashley Thomas
City: Lawrenceville
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 6 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Focus: Affecting the player's decision when pressure (and cover) are tight, and the player receiving the ball does not have time to turn and face the opposition.

Amount of Pressure: Two defenders - Pressure and Cover.

Type of Pressure: Tight. Unable to turn and face opposition. Pressure angles body appropriately, and "Cover" supports at a good distance.

Decisions looking to affect:

1. Ability to identify amount of pressure being applied to the ball, as the player receives it.

2. Choice to open up on the back foot - closer to the opponent, or receive the ball on the front foot to protect the ball and shield it away from the defender.

3. Recognition of the second defender. Is the second defender in a good spot to cover the first defender if I beat him/her? If so, do I have a supporting player I can pass the ball to?

4. Mentality after passing the ball. Can you quickly signal to your teammate for a Give and Go to get around the defender, or support their run and prepare yourself for the cross?


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Unopposed Technical Repetition

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Unopposed Technical Repetition (30 mins)

Prior to Activity:

Players go through their Dynamic warm-up and SAQ.

Organization:

3 players per grid

1 Ball in play

Extra balls off to the side

Instructions:

As shown in diagram. Note Left-Grid demonstrates the first portion of the activity and diagram shows progressions moving left to right.

Clear Grid: Technique

1. Three players per grid. Pass and follow your pass. Ball starts at end with two players.

Blue Grid: Movement

1. Three players per grid. Adding wide supporting movement, after player makes the long pass, to combine two short passes. Final pass is played in front for the end player to run on to.

Coaching Points:

1. Movement off the ball to receive.

2. Vision - Player checking shoulders quickly before and after receiving the ball.

3. Players ability to recognize pressure (tight vs. loose)

4. Selection of foot and surface to receive the ball, based on pressure.

5. Player's ability to control and manipulate ball away from pressure, if they receive it on the wrong foot.

6. Execution of move.

7. Execution of next action - pass/shot.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Semi - Fully Opposed (2v1)

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Semi - Fully Opposed (2v1) (15 mins)

Organization:

4  players per grid

1 Ball in play

Extra balls off to the side

Instructions:

As shown in diagram. Note Left-Grid demonstrates the first portion of the activity and diagram shows progressions moving left to right.

Clear Grid:

Semi-Opposed

1. Player A starts with the ball.

2. Player B must cross the other half of the field and then re-enter his/her half to receive the ball.

3. Player A will run forward to receive Player B's pass and time his/her pass back to Player A for a Give + Go combination.

4. Player B will then pass the ball to Player D.

5. Player C will now be receiving the ball and Player A will switch positions with Player B and lightly defend Player C.

6. Player D will rotate to Player C's position after combining with him/her on the Give + Go.

Fully Opposed

1. Same as before however now players will look to connect with the endline player as soon as possible.

2. If the defender is blocking the target (endline player) attacking players may look to combine instead of forcing the pass.

Blue Grid:

1. Same as Clear Grid - Fully Opposed. However, players will now look to go to goal.

2. (P2) Please see Progressions / Regressions.

Coaching Points:

1. Movement off the ball to receive.

2. Vision - Player checking shoulders quickly before and after receiving the ball.

3. Players ability to recognize pressure (tight vs. loose)

4. Selection of foot and surface to receive the ball, based on pressure.

5. Player's ability to control and manipulate ball away from pressure, if they receive it on the wrong foot.

6. Execution of move.

7. Execution of next action - pass/shot.

Progressions / Regressions:

(P1) - If I can't open up on my back foot and play to the target right away how can I get around him/her without losing possession of the ball? Give and Go.

(P2) - Blue Grid: 2v1. If the defender wins the ball and plays back to the his/her endline player they may attack.  On the transition from offense to defense one of the players must quickly apply pressure, the second defender may be added.  If so, defender will have to run around the goal and make a recovery run prior to defending. Goal is to speed up the decisions of the attackers with the ball.

(R1) - Allow players to practice technical and rotation of activity before adding in the defender


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Conditioned Activity (3v2)

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Conditioned Activity (3v2) (15 mins)

Organization:

Half field

Minimum of five players

1 Ball in play

Extra balls off to the side

Depending on numbers training session require two setups

Instructions:

1. Focus is on recognizing that Pressure and Cover are tight, quickly finding a teammate to pass to, and finding a way to receive the ball back behind the defenders.

2. Give and Go

3. If defenders are not quick to pressure the ball, player receiving it may open up on her back foot and look to shoot right away if option is available.

Coaching Points:

1. Vision - Player checking shoulders quickly before and after receiving the ball.

2. Players ability to recognize pressure (tight vs. loose)

3. Selection of foot and surface to receive the ball, based on pressure.

4. Player's ability to control and manipulate ball away from pressure, if they receive it on the wrong foot.

5. Player's ability to quickly find an alternate option to maintain possession of the ball, by passing to a teammate.

6. Player's mentality to stay connected with the play.

7. Execution of next action - pass/shot.

Rotation:

Defending Group

Only two defenders are permitted in the activity at a time. Defenders switch after every rotation. Defenders begin movement after #10/8 first touchl.

* Challenge * - Add in SAQ exercises players must do before pressuring the ball.

Attacking Group

Players rotate to the right. On #10/8 first touch defenders are live.

* Speed up activity * - Players must rotate and start sequence in x amount of time. After x amount of time, defenders are live and may pressure.

Progressions:

(P1) - Game: Add two counter goals that defenders can counter on. See how many goals each group can get in set time. Group with most goals gets to start with the ball in the end Scrimmage.

Time Management:

- Each group gets 10 minutes to deliberately practice Attacking role and Defensive role.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Scrimmage

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Scrimmage (15 mins)

Organization:

40 x 30

2 Teams - 4v4

If player attendance exceeds 8, add additional team or incorporate substitutes

Instructions:

Free play.

Can the players apply what they learned in the session to the scrimmage?

Coaching Points:

1. Vision - Player checking shoulders quickly before and after receiving the ball.

2. Players ability to recognize pressure (tight vs. loose)

3. Selection of foot and surface to receive the ball, based on pressure.

4. Player's ability to control and manipulate ball away from pressure, if they receive it on the wrong foot.

5. Execution of move.

6. Execution of next action - pass/shot.


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