Football/Soccer Session (Advanced): U18+ Switching the Play: 8v8 Session

Profile Summary

Tom Connor @tomconnor88
Name: Tom Connor @tomconnor88
City: Edinburgh
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 2 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

An SSG 8v8 is designed to assist the development of small units and the team in their understanding of unit

work and a the tactical game.

This session focuses on the decision and execution of a switch of play to create a new point of attack.

For the coach it will give information on how to coach the team on primary, secondary and fringe players engaging all players in the unit and their movements to switch the play and develop structure and shape when doing so.

Practice starts with free play.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Switching Play (1)

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Switching Play (1)

8 v 8

Scenario One: Diagonal Pass from Right to Left

Organisation:

GK plays to A3 and the rest of the team moves to the Right to support A3

A5 shows for the ball dragging D4 creating a corridor of space across the pitch

Primary Players:

A3 executes a long lofted ball in front of the run of A1 who exploits space on the left

Secondary Players:

A6 and A7 make runs across D1 and D2 to create space for A1

Re shape after the pass for the attack high in the attacking third

Fringe Players:

Team supports the attack, cover and balance from A2 and A3

Coaches Focus Point:

The speed of play as play is switched from right to left


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Switching Play

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Switching Play

8 v 8

Scenario 2: Switch across midfield

Organisation:

The whole team move over to the right to support A3 on the ball

Primary Players:

A3 passes to A5 who then passes to A1 who exploits space wide left

Secondary Players:

A6 and A7 move defenders to create space for A1

Coaches Focus Point:

The importance of quick movement from the team to support A3 creates space for A1 on the left

Movement of A5 and A1


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Switching Play

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Switching Play

8 v 8

Scenario 3: Into striker's feet & switched to wide left

Organisation:

The whole team move over to support A3 on the right side of the pitch

Primary Players:

A3 plays a driven ball into the feet of A6 who supported by A4

from midfield

A4 switches the play to A7 who has created space wide away from D1

Secondary Players:

A6 spins after the pass into the space behind D2

Coaches Focus Point:

The importance of quick movement from the defending team to the right side of the pitch when A3 receives the ball

Movement of A6 to receive and hold

Support from A4

Primary Players:


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Switching Play

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Switching Play

8 v 8

Scenario 4: No forward pass available

Organisation:

No forward pass available so must go back

Primary Players:

Movement from A2 and A1 to receive

Secondary Players:

Movement from A7 and A6 to create space for A1 to take the ball high and wide

Fringe Players:

A5 holds in midfield

All other players balance and cover positions

Coaches Focus Points:

The importance of quick decisions to realise there is no forward pass on and then retain possession


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Switching Play

Confirmation of Learning

Do the players ...?

Know how to make decisions based upon what's going on infront of them?

Have a range of passes to help switch the play?

Understand the content of how to move to support and work as units?

Understand how midfield players support and when to hold?

Understand how and why you keep cover and balance?

Have you...?

Provided the correct technical information to achieve success in the session?

Coached primary, secondary and fringe players?

Corrected faults?

Planned variation of scenarios?


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