Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Crossing Progression (Start Time: 2015-11-30 16:10:00)

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Heath McLaughlin
Name: Heath McLaughlin
City: Amarillo
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 0 points
Membership: Young Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Drill progression for finishing on frame,


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Initial Movement

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Learning Objectives

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Psychological
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Initial Movement (5 mins)

Direction should be controlled by the coach to ensure that players work both directions (make the drill alternate with direction the dribbler chooses and switch the accompanying runs).

Coaching points:

Keeper- Close dribbler down all the way to near post and force the cross. Decision making on to either attempt to collapse/dive to intercept the pass or to slide and try to cover the shot.

Dribbler- Drive to end line to set up short cross. Should be delivered on the ground, back across the top of the 6 box. If keeper does not cover near post, put on goal.

Runners- Time your runs so you are still moving when you strike the cross. Do not go lower than the 6 box to give a good angle for the pass (the lower you go the easier it is on the keeper). Backside runner should be further away from the end line to account for the diagonal pass.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Two Keepers

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Two Keepers (5 mins)

Middle player chooses which way to go; outside players adjust their runs accordingly based on previous slide. Both keepers actively work with the front one working on stalking and the back one closing down shot angles to force the pass across.

Coaching points:

Keepers- Front keeper should come out and play one on one with the dribbler, collecting the ball if possible. Back keeper should stay on the line and slide to cover shot angles.

Dribbler- Good decision making, and making sure to drive to the end line to get a pass angle back across, should still crossed on the ground.

Runners- Read the initial direction of the dribbler and make the correct runs. Be aware of where the passing lanes are being formed by the keepers and get available in that lane/space.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Full Crossing

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Full Crossing (5 mins)

Begin by a pass into the corner position player, should alternate initial direction, who will cross it into the box for the incoming runners (backside corner player will enter play once as ball is passed to the opposite side). Cross should be struck on goal in the shaded area. Keeper plays the ball live. If the ball leaks through, the backside player that has entered play can re-cross the ball from a short cross position.

Coaching points:

Crosser- Good ball control receiving a pass from the mid-field player, controlled in such a way he is set up to quickly put a quality cross in. Ball needs to be driven across the face of the goal, far enough out (shaded area) so the keeper cannot make a play on it.

Keeper- Read ball flight and make a clear decision to intercept the cross or slide across to defend any redirection on goal.

Runners- Stay in your attacking lane, give other runners space, and clear communication on who is to redirect on goal. Finish on frame.

Backside player- Be available to collect if the ball goes through the box and send back in, reading new attacking players positions and locating the keeper.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Drop Crossing

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Drop Crossing (5 mins)

Same idea as before, but here the corner player passes to the wide center player who is showing to a "drop" position. The cross comes from this position on the field to the three players making center/backside runs. The player who made the drop pass will release to the near post to clean up anything sent back across the frame.

Coaching points are similar to previous version of this drill. Should be executed the same.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Add defenders

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Add defenders (5 mins)

Here we add two defenders in the box. The cross can come after the initial pass, or after a drop pass to a showing player. This is based on the player’s ability to read the defensive player and make a correct decision. After players develop an understanding of what they are expected to do, I place time limits from initial pass to shot on frame. Starting at 10 seconds and getting quicker from there.

Coaching points.

Field players- Similar to the 2 previous crossing variations. Good spacing, communication, and finish on frame. Add; use movement to create passing lanes to receive the ball through the defenders.

Defenders- focus on 1st defender giving ball pressure and the 2nd defender providing support. Once as the ball is moved, readjust correctly.

Keeper- Communicate to the defenders. Be in position and correct cover movement to limit the amount of open goal the on ball attacker sees.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 3/4 field attack

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3/4 field attack (15 mins)

Working within your system to generate crosses/shots (4-2-3-1 is used here). Ball starts with a center defender and is possessed/progressed up the field for a shot on goal (initially this must be done by a cross, then after a time frame it is opened up to direct attack). This allows the coach to address supporting possession and taking space. As the players grow more comfortable with this drill I add time limits from initial pass to shot on frame. Time limits speed up play and the desire to get forward (ie penetrating runs).

Also I will add a variation that when the defenders gain possession they must move the ball up the field and play the ball to the feet of target players who are showing on the 3/4 line (these optional players are shown in white). Each goal scored gives the attacking group a point and each ball successfully played to the feet of a target player gives the defending group a point to add in competition. Coaching point for this variation for the attacking team is that when possession is lost to the defending team we give immediate high pressure win the ball back.

End the session with 11 on 11 scrimmage.


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