Football/Soccer Session (U12): RSA U11G Thunder - Winter S5

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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 is tight, and there is no cover for the first defender. However, 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: "Pressure" - Tight. Unable to turn and face opposition. Pressure angles body appropriately. "Cover" - Loose. Second defender does not present themselves as support for the first defender at an appropriate distance or angle. Second defender may be absent because they are assuming the ball will be played out wide.

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 roll 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. If the second defender is not presenting themselves as a good option of support can the player with the ball beat the defender 1v1?

5. Can I roll the defender and break the line early? If the defender covers and is coming at an angle can I use a V-Move to get into the space the defender is leaving?

Moves: (A) V-Move

Mentality: Option A - Go to goal. Do I have the opportunity to take a shot on goal? Can I beat the defender with my first touch? Option B - Recovering defender. Can I cut in the opposite direction and play behind the line to a player moving forward?


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

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Technical Repetition: Unopposed (15 mins)

Organization:

3-4 players per grid

1 Ball in play

Extra balls off to the side

Instructions:

1. Player A passes the ball to Player B after he/she drifts away to create space and checks back for the ball.

2. Player B receives with the front foot (furthest from the defender) and takes his/her first touch forward while shielding the defender away and using their body movement and shape to their disadvantage.

3. Player B drives across the channel to the opposite side (cone) of where they received the ball, and quickly turns with the ball to return to dribble across the endline the ball started at.

4. Progression 1 - Player B performs a V Move on his/her way back to the endline.

5. Progression 2 - On Player B turn and initial touch to take the ball back towards the endline, Player C will now look to add passive pressure by running towards the opposite (center) cone. Further progression of Semi-Opposed Pressure, Player C will look to tag Player B on the shoulder before he/she crosses the halfway line.

6. Progression 3 - Fully Opposed. Player B looks to dribble across the endline the ball started at for a point. If Player C steals the ball he/she will look to dribble across the endline the ball did not start at, for a point.

Rotation:

Player A > Player C > Player B > Player A

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. Direction of touch.

5. Player's ability to control and manipulate ball away from pressure.

6. Execution of move.

7. Execution of next action - pass/shot.


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

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

Organization:

4 players per grid

1 Ball in play

Extra balls off to the side

Instructions:

1. Player A starts with the ball and passes it into Player B.

2. Prior to receiving the ball Player B drifts away from the ball to create space and pull the defender back, then checks back for the ball, creating space between themselves and the defender, and receives it with an open body shape on the furthest foot (front).

3. Player B will to roll Player C (the defender) with his/her touch and look to take advantage of the space by taking a shot on goal if the defender is slow to recover.

4. Based on Player B first touch Player D will move left or right to get into open space where he/she can receive it if the option to goal is not readily available.

5. If Player C does recover (on a diagonal run) in time and is able to block the option to score on goal, Player B will use the V Move to cut in the opposite direction of the defenders movement and enter the space behind him/her. Player B then can play the ball to Player D and look to score on goal.

6. If Player C (defender) does not provide tight pressure to the ball when Player B receives it, can Player B recognize the defenders positioning and open up on the back foot * reference to previous session * and take his/her first touch in behind to break the line(?). Can Player D then also recognize Player B's first touch and move into open space.

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Attackers look to score on goal. Defender looks to win the ball back and play it into Player A's feet.

Note: Players in 'Player D' position may automatically assume that Player B will always look to roll the defender and therefor move in the same direction as Player B to get into open space (assuming the outcome of where Player B's touch will take them). However, if pressure is not tight and Player B can open up on his/her first touch, Player D then does not present themselves as a good option if the movement is the same. Stress to the players that the movement in Player D's position is dictated by the first touch of Player B.

Rotation:

Player A > Player C > Player B > Player D > Player A

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. Direction of touch.

5. Player's ability to control and manipulate ball away from pressure.

6. Execution of move.

7. Execution of next action - pass/shot.

8. Second Attacker's ability to read the first touch of the First Attacker.


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

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Conditioned Activity (3v2) - Scenario I (15 mins)

Organization:

Half field

Two groups - Defending (4) and Attacking (4+)

1 Ball in play

Extra balls off to the side

Instructions:

1. Focus is on recognizing that Pressure is tight and Cover is not present.

2. Option A / Option B from previous screen.

3. In this scenario, #9 creates space to receive the ball and the defender applies pressure. #9 receives the ball and looks for Option A / Option B.

Note:  Cover in the diagram is not present and supporting the first defender because he/she is concerned with the second attackers (#7) movement.

Rotation:

1. Two defenders stay in through two cycles. To increase tempo, have defenders alternate every cycle for immediate pressure.

2. Attacking group and defending group in for set time. After time has passed have groups switch roles.

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. Direction of touch.

5. Player's ability to control and manipulate ball away from pressure.

6. Execution of move.

7. Execution of next action - pass/shot.


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

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Conditioned Activity (3v2) - Scenario II (15 mins)

Organization:

Half field

Two groups - Defending (4) and Attacking (4+)

1 Ball in play

Extra balls off to the side

Instructions:

1. Focus is on recognizing that Pressure is tight and Cover is not present.

2. Option A / Option B from previous screen.

3. In this scenario, #9 does not do a great job to create from the defender and pressure is already tight. #9 is not an viable option. Instead #11 receives the ball and drives centrally towards goal - looking to shoot if possible. Defender recovers (on a diagonal run).  #11 uses a V Move to cut in the opposite direction. #9 Makes an outside run. Player #11 breaks the defenses line with an outside pass to #9. If the recovering defender does not fully commit, #11 can cut the ball across into the space between the two defenders in the direction of #9's movement.

Note:  Cover in the diagram is not present and supporting the first defender because he/she is concerned with the second attackers (#7) movement.

Rotation:

1. Two defenders stay in through two cycles. To increase tempo, have defenders alternate every cycle for immediate pressure.

2. Attacking group and defending group in for set time. After time has passed have groups switch roles.

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. Direction of touch.

5. Player's ability to control and manipulate ball away from pressure.

6. Execution of move.

7. Execution of next action - pass/shot.


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. Direction of touch.

5. Player's ability to control and manipulate ball away from pressure.

6. Execution of move.

7. Execution of next action - pass/shot.


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