Football/Soccer Session (U14): Ironbound SC Tigers - U14B - Connecting the Lines

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Alejandro Fernandez, Adult Member

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Alejandro Fernandez
Name: Alejandro Fernandez
City: Union
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 3 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Learning Outcomes

1. Improve team's speed of play.

2. Improve players' decision-making based on direction/timing of pressure.

3. Improve players' movement to support the ball.

4. Improve players' movement to create space/passing lanes.

5. Improve players' ability to open up on the back foot, where possible.

6. Develop players' ability to clip the ball (first time) around the corner.


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

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

Organization:

1. 20x10 grids

2. Players split evenly

3. Plenty of balls

Instructions:

1. Player A starts with a ball.

2. Player B checks to a side.

3. Player C moves to the opposite side.

4. Player A passes to B.

5. If defender blocks the lane, player B opens up to then play forward.

6. If defender is tight, player B clips ball around the corner to player C.

7. Rotation: player A defends, defender becomes Player B, Player B becomes C.

Coaching Points:

1. Checking movement to create space.

2. Weight and accuracy of pass.

3. Body shape - position of hips.

4. Ability to receive on back foot (when possible).

5. Ability to play ball first time around the corner (when necessary).

6. Looking over the shoulder to recognize space/pressure.

Progressions:

1. Ensure players work on both sides (checking both left and right).

2. Limit defender's movement as needed.


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

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Technical Opposed

Organization:

1. 20x10 grids

2. Players split evenly

3. Plenty of balls

4. Mini goals at halfway line.

Instructions:

1. Same set up as previous.

2. Each group sends one player to defend in a different grid.

3. Defender is live as player A touches ball out of feet.

4. Attackers' objective: get ball from line 1 to line 3 and back to mini goal.

5. Defender: looks to score on mini goal if stealing ball from line 1.

6. Defender looks to run across line if stealing ball from line 3.

7. Ball must stay on ground, attackers play 2v1 on way back to goal.

Coaching Points:

1. First look should be forward (to penetrate).

2. If forward pass is not on, play short.

3. Check shoulder to observe space/pressure.

4. Decision-making: which technique to use based on pressure.

5. Movement of target player away to make triangle bigger.

6. Movement of target player back towards ball when ball reaches line 2.

Progressions:

1. Reduce area size if necessary.

2. Attacker with least amount of points defends next round.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Opposed to Goal

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Opposed to Goal

Organization:

1. 20x10 grids.

2. Players split evenly.

3. Plenty of balls.

4. Mini goals at halfway line.

5. GK in regulation goal.

Instructions:

1. Same game as previous with addition of GK.

2. One grid at a time to avoid multiple shots at GK at once.

3. Next grid starts when ball goes from 3rd line back to 2nd line in adjacent grid.

4. Rule: player B must take shot, player C must touch ball at some point before shot.

Coaching Points:

1. Ability to penetrate.

2. Movement beyond the ball.

3. Movement underneath the ball.

4. Recognition of defender's run and angle of approach.

5. Speed of play - pick head up to see options sooner.

Progressions:

1. Ensure groups rotate to work in left, central, and right grids.


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

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Free Play

Organization:

1. Half field.

2. Three teams.

Instructions:

1. 6v6 + GKs.

2. Free play, regular restarts.

3. Two teams play, one team rests.

4. 3 minutes/2 goals.

5. Winning team stays on.

6. Longest tenured team off in case of tie.

7. Two players from resting team are GKs.

8. 1-2-3-1 formation (looking to play through the 10.

Coaching Points:

1. Three lines of attack.

2. Movement to create space - width, length, depth.

3. Movement to get forward - playing beyond the ball.

4. Movement to support - playing underneath the ball.

5. Application of techniques used in training.

Progressions:


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