Football/Soccer Session (U14): Driven Pass/Shooting Alpha

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Evagelos Vassilaras, Adult Member

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Evagelos Vassilaras
Name: Evagelos Vassilaras
City: New York
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 0 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Focus: Technical

Subject: Passing

Secondary Subject: Low Driven Pass

Overview:

The New York Red Bulls Training Programs follow a researched and proven approach to player development. The following information introduces our philosophy, player development rationale, and the methods that are used to deliver our curriculum.

Mission Statement:

To offer unparalleled support and education to the youth soccer community.

Player Development Philosophy:

Create a FUN and CHALLENGING environment where players have the opportunity to LEARN.

Player Development Rationale:

The New York Red Bulls Academy operates a building block approach to player development. Players follow an initial path heavily focused on technique and skill development, and as competency increases tactical elements are introduced. Within each building block an extensive curriculum is designed to focus on the necessary skill set. Proficiency within each block is important to ensure that the player has acquired the required skills to support their development at the next stage of the curriculum. Each building block is tied closely together. As a player progresses through the system they will continue to work on elements of preceding stages to ensure they are consistently and simultaneously challenged on both fundamental and advanced levels.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Activity 1 - Juggling

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Activity 1 - Juggling (10 mins)

Organization:

60x20. Open space.Each player has a ball.

Instructions:

Juggling soccer ball. Right foot, left foot, right knee, left knee, head. Maximizes touches at beginning of practice session in a fun and competitive activity. All body parts used. Play outside of practice session promoted.

Coaching Points:

Find space

Soft touch

Use top of foot/laces

Start with bounce on ground if necessary

Progressions:

P - Start with ball on ground

P - Competition

R - with ball in hands

R - Juggle on the Ground - force locking of ancle and non spin

Juggling practice/homework:

https://youtu.be/ZFG8pl5wHXc?list=PLPvYix4iYNca4u6uZTT1ZoCql5A03XBc5


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Activity 2 - Driven Pass In Pairs

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Activity 2 - Driven Pass In Pairs (20 mins)

Organization:

60x20. Open space. Cones mark channels/player area - one pair per channel/player area. One soccer ball per pair.

Instructions:

Players pass from one side of channels/player area to partner on opposite side. Pass must reach player in player area/square.

Coaching Points:

Observe Target (head up)

Choose technique based on distance/space

Non kicking foot placed to side, slightly behind the ball

Body weight forward chest and knee over the ball at contact

Follow through

Passing quality to help next players next action - weight, accuracy, foot, space, timing, disguise

Progressions:

P: Alternate kicking foot - right and left

P: Add competition - first pair to 10 passes wins

P: Swap pairs

P: Add second ball per pair

P: Reduce size of player area/zone


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Activity 3 - Freeform Passing

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Activity 3 - Freeform Passing (20 mins)

Organization:

60x20. Open space. Cones mark space into quarters. Players in pairs with one ball per pair.

Instructions:

Free-form dribbling in area, passing between players in pairs.

Coaching Points:

Observe Target (head up)

Choose technique based on distance/space

Non kicking foot placed to side, slightly behind the ball

Body weight forward chest and knee over the ball at contact

Follow through

Passing quality to help next players next action - weight, accuracy, foot, space, timing, disguise

Progressions:

P: Swap pairs - have to pass to someone other than partner

P: Swap soccer balls

P: Have to pass from one third into different third

P: Add competition - first pair to ten passes wins - have to pass from one zone into a different zone

P: As last progression but first pair ro twenty passes and points awarded for pass are based on how many zones the ball goes through

Video(s):

https://youtu.be/ybAd3Ny8Ybc


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Activity 4 - Small Side Game

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Activity 4 - Small Side Game (20 mins)

Organization:

60 x 20 yard area setup as shown

12 players (2 teams of 6)

2 goals at each end

Supply of balls by coach at side of area

Instructions:

Players not allowed to leave their zone. Have to get ball into oppositions goal by passing through zones. If ball goes out, coach restarts by serving to player with most space in front of them

Coaching Points:

Observe Target (head up)

Choose technique based on distance/space

Non kicking foot placed to side, slightly behind the ball

Body weight forward chest and knee over the ball at contact

Follow through

Passing quality to help next players next action - weight, accuracy, foot, space, timing, disguise

Progressions:

P - Extra point given if pass goes through more than two zones

P/R - Add/Remove wildcard player.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Activity 5 - Game

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Activity 5 - Game (20 mins)

Organization:

Half-field, two goals at each end, 7v7 (adjust based on number of available players).

Instructions:

Free play, all rules in play, game like environment.

Coaching Points:

Observe Target (head up)

Choose technique based on distance/space

Non kicking foot placed to side, slightly behind the ball

Body weight forward chest and knee over the ball at contact

Follow through

Passing quality to help next players next action - weight, accuracy, foot, space, timing, disguise

Alt - Two concurrent small sided games.

Homework:

10 minutes juggling practice every day.


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