Football/Soccer Session (U10): Edgemont SC - Age Group Clinics (U8/9) - 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

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Edgemont Soccer Club; Age Group Clinics

Block: Individual Technical Skills using the inside and outside surface of the foot.

Focus: Possession

Skill: Inside Push Pass

Type of Pressure: Varies

Pressure Position: Varies

Decisions looking to affect:

1. Quality of positive first touch (Direction - towards target; Weight)

2. Awareness of defender's position. Players ability to identify the amount of pressure that is being applied to the ball (Speed / Approach). How does that affect their first touch? Can we look to direct it away from pressure?

3. Placement of ball.

4. Position of non-kicking foot.

5. Contact on ball; with which surface?

6. How does body shape and the follow through of the kicking leg affect the pass?

7. Mentality - Maintain possession of the ball.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warmup

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warmup
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Warmup (10 mins)

Organization:

Players put pinnies in shorts, with the exception of one player who has a pinnie on and has a ball at their feet.

Extra balls are put in the corners.

Instructions:

1. Player with pinnie must try to hit the non-pinnies below their knee.

2. If a player is struck they put on a pinnie and join in to try to hit the remaining players, Using only one ball.

3. If a ball is passed out of the grid, the player who struck ball must go and retrieve the ball before they can begin to get the players out again.

Coaching Points:

1. Head up to identify where players are

2. Plant foot is pointed to where we want to pass ball

3. Use teammates to get players out. Introduction of angles and support from teammates to be able to get player out. "We mentality" or a "Me" mentality.

4. Use different surfaces of the foot to disguise the pass.

Progressions:

1. Add in multiple balls

Regression:

1. Make space smaller


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

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Technical Repetition (10 mins)

Organization:

Players are divided and placed on opposite ends of field

Balls are balanced on cones in middle of grid

Instructions:

1. Players are instructed to pass and try to knock down balls off of cones.

2. Each pass that knocks a ball off a cone equals one point.

3. Partners may work with each other, if not enough equipment (amount of balls) is available. Or if enough soccer balls are available, players can compete against one another.

Coaching Points:

1. Inside of foot

2. Toe up, heel down

3. Ankle locked

4. Feet do not cross

Note:

Another option if players don't bring soccer balls, or there aren't enough - Have players partner up and do "gate" passing. Player receiving the ball will make a gate with his/her legs for the passer. If the ball is played through the balls the passer (or partners) get a point.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical Opposed

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Technical Opposed (15 mins)

Organization:

3 teams of 4

Each team set up in their own zone

30 x 20 (each zone: 10 x 20; depending on numbers)

1 ball

Instructions:

1. The blue team at one end must make 3 consecutive passes before looking to switch the ball to the other team in the opposite end zone.

2. Meanwhile the yellow team may send in one player to win the ball. If successfully won by yellow, they switch zones with the team they won the ball from.

3. Team in the middle zone is always on defense.

Coaching Points:

1. Quality of short passing, first touch, communication and movement to posses the ball

2. Quality of pass to get the ball through the middle grid

3. Timing of long pass - Don't force it.

4. Angle of supporting player

5. Shape of team in possession. Create depth and width. Recognize when to turn or when to play back.

Progressions:

(P1) - Increase/decrease size of area

(R1) - less defenders in center area

Note:

If there are not enough players, use only two channels and turn the activity into a rondo transfer game. One team will be in possession of the ball while the other send in 'x' amount of player to defend and win the ball back. Once won, they pass it back into their area and look to possess.


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

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Free Play (20 mins)

Organization:

3v3 / 4v4 Small-sided tournament games

4 teams of 3-4 players each team.

2 fields of 30x40 yards

2 Pugg Goals on opposite endlines.

Instructions:

4 Teams of 3

Play 3v3 tournament style format where each team will play one another.

Look to combine groups if possible.

Coaching Points:

Review of session's learning outcomes being translated into the game


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