Football/Soccer Session (Mixed age): Developing Midfield Players

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Tony Mee
Name: Tony Mee
City: Doncaster
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 26 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

This session was delivered by Dick Bate for the Sheffield & Hallamshire Coaches Association,12 Sept 2016. The players were from Sheffield United Academy Under 14s and the session was aimed at Level 1 and 2 coaches, although there were all levels in attendance.

The practical was preceded by a short presentation around midfield play, different roles, demands of the game etc.

A key focus was on the fact that, across 4 top leagues and international football, midfield players average just over 2 seconds per possession and 2 touches per possession.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm Up

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm Up
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Warm Up

Organisation

Groups of 4.

10 x 10 grids.

Throw-volley-catch

How to Play

One player starts with the ball and serves (by hand) to any other player.

Receiving player volleys to a different player.

Players should be on the move at all times.

Coaching Points Raised

"Punch" the volley, don't just let it hit your foot.

Meet the ball (poor service).

Progressions

Vary service (bounce it in, spin it in, loop it in).

Use different body parts to volley the pass.

Use different parts of the foot.

If there is a team mate in the way, loop the volley over his head.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Passing and Movement

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Passing and Movement

Organisation

Area approx 30 x 20, with a coned square in each corner.

Groups of 5.

Ball starts in the box with 2 players.

How to Play

Simple pass and follow, keeping the ball on the ground.

Coaching Points

Pace/weight of the pass.

Accuracy.

First touch on receiving.

Body shape on receiving.

Different parts of the foot to pass (e.g. receive with the inside and play with the outside of the same foot).

Progressions

Run the ball out of the corner, then pass.

Introduce a "bounce" player (Yellow) to play a 1-2 off.

Allow the "bounce" players to switch sides/positions in the middle.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Game within the Practice.

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Game within the Practice.

This part of the session was not delivered due to time constraints, but was spoken about as a way to utilise more players and add to the challenge - therefore this is MY interpretation and ideas of how it could be used.

Organisation

Area size as previous screen.

2 groups pass and follow around the outside of the area as previous.

How to Play

Inside the area, play a 3v3 or 4v4 possession game.

Allocate a team to one of the teams on the outside (e.g. Greens play with Reds, Grey with Blue).

The outside players can "call" a team mate from the inside to assist with the bounce pass.

The inside players can also use the outside players to help them keep possession.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Breaking lines with a longer pass.

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Breaking lines with a longer pass.

Organisation

Area size to suit your players, divided into 3.

3 equal teams.

Outside teams to keep possession by playing over or through midfield.

How to Play

Red team keep possession for a minimum of 4 passes before trying to play into the Grey team.

Blue team are allowed to send in 2 defenders to win the ball.

Coaching Points

All detail previously covered.

Progression

One of the opposite end players goes beyond the end line, the ball must be played up to the target who then keeps possession with his team.


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