Football/Soccer Session (Beginner): GSC Preseason Camp Day 2

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Barry McGrellis
Name: Barry McGrellis
City: Alexandria
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 3 points
Membership: Young Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
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 (15 mins)

Warm Up

Small rectangle (Y) within larger one (X). Every player has a ball and they begin spread across X, ignoring Y. Players move at pace with the ball using the outside and laces of both feet. After 90 seconds coach signals for them to switch to Y, focusing on close control in a tighter space, ball manipulation with the inside and sole of both feet.

Progression: Add ball manipulation skill to enter Y and another to exit (e.g outside cut to enter, cruyff to exit). Continue 90 sec cycles.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 1 v 1 Basic

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1 v 1 Basic (20 mins)

1 v 1

Defender starts at A, attacker starts at C. As attacker starts dribble from C to D, defender runs from A to B and enters area. When attacker gets to D they enter the area. The goal for the attacker is then to cross the red line with the ball under control.

Progress to 2 v 1 to incorporate decision making on the attacking side of the ball.

Progress to assigning a specific turn for the attacker to enter the area at D.

Coaching Points:

- Keep the ball in your zone at all times (the area around your feet where you can always touch the ball)

- Imbalance the defender (demonstrate head/shoulder fake)

- Plan ahead - don't wait for and react to defender's approach, dictate play


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 1v1 Defending

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1v1 Defending (15 mins)

1v1 defending: Defender starts with ball and passes across to attacker, once attacker receives the ball they try to dribble across the defender's cone line. Defender tries to force attacker out of bounds or dispossess them and dribble across their cone line.

Coaching Points

- Ultimate goal is to force attacker backwards or sideways

- Quick pressure - Approach fast, arrive slow.

- Make opponent predictable - position your body to show them one way

- Bend your approach run to cut off one side of the area - now you know which way they HAVE to go since you've cut their options from 2 to 1.

Progress to competition with winners moving up one area and losers moving down. Attackers goals are worth 1, defenders goals are worth 2.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 2 v 2 Defending

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2 v 2 Defending (15 mins)

2v2 defending: Same game as before but now the first defender has a cover defender.

Coaching points

-Introduce pressure and cover defence

-2nd defender positioning to the side and slightly behind first defender (demonstrate the pass between 2 flat defenders)

-2nd defender must position body so that they can see both the ball and the 2nd attacker

-show transition in relation to ball movement, for example if x were to pass to y, then B would become the pressuring (1st) defender and A would become the cover (2nd) defender.

-1st defender should use the principles from the 1v1 game (bending approach run, body position) to force attacker towards the 2nd defender


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 2 v 2 Mini Games

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2 v 2 Mini Games (10 mins)

2 v 2 Mini Games

2 v 2 to goals, simple small-sided scrimmage with offside. Emphasize the importance of first defender responsibilities - 2nd defender does not know where to position themselves until 1st defender indicates where they plan to force the attacker.

Play a few rounds and then progress to winner moving up a section and loser moving down.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Scrimmage

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Scrimmage (10 mins)

Small-sided Scrimmage

No conditions, reinforce coaching points without stopping play.


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