Football/Soccer Session (U14): Activities for Playing Out of the Back: Part 1

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Elliott Spruell, Adult Member

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Elliott Spruell
Name: Elliott Spruell
City: Fullerton
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 12 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Defensive Diamond

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Defensive Diamond

Organization:

A 30 x 22 yard pitch divided into two halves. A goalkeeper and two defenders start in each half. A midfielders starts on the halfway line between two mannequins/poles. Finally, four opposing strikers line up as in the picture to pressure the defenders.

Activity:

One goalkeeper starts with the ball. Two defenders and two opponents move into position and the midfielder drops back to creat the diamond. The aim for the cofour defensive players is to completle three passes under pressure from the nearst strikers and transfer the ball to the opposite half with either a pass or the midfilder dribbling through. The other strikers enter theg ame once the ball is given to the keeper at the other end to restart. If strikers win the ball, they try to score.

Coaching Points:

-Facing forward with an open shoulder stance to be able to see both goals

-Accurate short passing using on/two touches

-Midfielder must give depth, not getting on the same line as the two defenders. This is essential to keeping the diamond intact and being able to play of of the back.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Second Line

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Second Line

Organization:

Play 4 vs. 4 plus goalkeepers on a 30 x 22-yard pitch divided in half with two mannequins/poles on the halfway line. Each team has a goalkeeper and two defender in thier half and two attackers in the other half. A neutral player acts as the midfielder creating the diamond and can enter either half.

Activity:

The keeper, defenders and neutral midfielder combine to make a dfensive diamond and play out of defense as a 4 vs. 2. The aim is to quicly play forward to the two attckers inside the opponents half. If successful, the midfielder joins the attachers, creating a 3 vs. 2 to score.

Coaching Points:

-Control the ball and play with an open body stance to receive and move forward

-Accurate passing skills over both 5-10 yard and 10-20 yard range.

-Close dribbling skills to go past defenders.

-Accurate shooting

-Quick combination to take advantage of space.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Find the Number 6

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Find the Number 6

Organization:

Play 4 vs. 4 plus goalkeepers on a 35 x 25 yard pitch. A neutral player acts as number 6 and plays for the team in possession.

Activity:

The team in possession have a one player overload-the number 6 in the midfield. The goalkeeper starts the game by passing out of the defenders. The aim is to use your additional player to build up and score a goal.

Coaching Points:

-Play with head up to work out whether to dribble or pass.

-Accurate passing

-All players on the move and looking either to get forward or pass forward.

-An open body position so players can see both goals.

-Midfielders create angels, right or left, to offer two passing options to the defender and free up a playing out defender.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Man to Man

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Man to Man

Organization:

Play 5 vs 5 plus keepers on a 35 x 25 yard pitch. Play in a 2-1-2 formation.

Activity:

The goalkeeper starts the game. The aim is to build from the back and score a goal. There is no offside. Players are all closely marked so good movement off the ball is essential in order to make space to receive a pass.

Coaching Points:

-Good movement and disguise to create space to receive the ball

-Composure to stay calm under pressure

The ability to turn and go past an opponent.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Full Back Introduction

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Full Back Introduction

Organization:

Play 5 vs. 5 plus goalkeepers on a 35 x 25 yard pitch. Play in a 2-1-2 formation with neutral full backs limited to two touches working on both touchlines.

Activity:

The goalkeeper starts the game. The aim is to build up and score a goal. All players on the pitch are tightly marked so the neutral full backs provide a good opportunity to pass outside to relieve pressure and allow attackers time to make runs off the ball to receive a pass in space.Do not play offsides.

Coaching Points:

-Good close control and accurate passing.

-Moving off the ball and playing with the head up.

-Look to switch positions with a team mate and ofer angle to receive/ give pass.

-Stay calm under pressure.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Full Back Outlet

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Full Back Outlet

Organization:

Play 6v6 plus goalkeepers on a 55x45-yard pitch with additional five-yard channels on the flanks. Both teams have a full back in each channel to make it 8v8. Play a 2-3-1 formation with full backs out wide.

Activity:

The goalkeeper starts the game and the aim is to build from the back and score. Teams can pass wide to a full back who is unopposed in the channel. The full back is allowed unlimited touches and must choose between passing back inside or dribbling forward to go 1v1 agianst his opposing full back. The opposing full back is not allowed to tackle until the ball is in his half Offside rules apply.

Coaching Points:

- Full back plays with head up to survey play.

- Full back needs to either pass accurately or good clse control to dribble past opposing full back.

- Good crossing technique when in position to deliver.

- Other players looking to create angle and space for a pass with constant movement.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Attacking Full Backs

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Attacking Full Backs

Organization:

Play 7v7 plus goalkeepers on an 60x50-yard pitch. Place three mannequins/poles at regular intervals on the halfway line. These provide "traffic" for defenders to avoid when making a pass. Both teams play with four defenders in their own half and three attackers in the other half.

Activity:

Play starts with a goalkeeper using his four defenders to play out of defense with a 5v3 overload with the aim for getting forward quickly. One of the full backs is free to break forward and join the attack to create a 4v4. The opposite full back must now tuck in and join the two centre backs to give the team defensive balance behind the ball.

Coaching Points:

- Constant movement off the ball to receive and turn from the forwards

- The full back finds space at pace to create an attacking option.

- Accurate passing and crossing.


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