Football/Soccer Session (U14): Building Through Midfield PART 3

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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): Forward Pass, Forward Run

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Forward Pass, Forward Run
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Forward Pass, Forward Run

Organization: Four teams of four players on a 40x30-yard pitch divided into two halves with two mini goals at each end as shown in the top picture. Six mannequins/poles are set up as three evenly spaced gates on halfway. Play 4v4 in one half, with four players outside acting as neutrals (N) and four more in the other half.

Activity: Play a 4v4 game in one half. If a team scores, they get the ball back and look to score at the other end. However, if defence regains the ball, they look to score with a pass or dribble into the three gates on halfway. If they do, they move forward into the opposite half and a new 4v4 begins. The teams are free to use the neutral players.

Coaching Points:

- Short combination passes.

- Look for a return pass immediately.

- Movement off the ball.

- Play with head up.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Zig-zag Through The  Pitch

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Zig-zag Through The  Pitch
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Zig-zag Through The Pitch

Organization: Play 2v4 in a 30x20-yard area with a neutral player on each side of the area.

Activity: A neutral player passes to an attacker who zig-zag passes to his team mate who feeds another neutral player outside the area to complete the side-to-side switch. In effect, the outside four are using the team of two inside the area to keep possession. Outside players are limited to two touches, inside players have unlimited touches. A goal is scored with 10 consecutive passes. The defending team pressure the opponents in order to regain the ball. If successful, they dribble outside the pitch and reverse roles with the passing players on the outside.

Coaching Points:

- Close, quick passing.

- Good receiving and close control skills.

- Movement off the ball to create passing angles.

- Composure on the ball.

- Close, quick passing.

- Good receiving and close control skills.

- Movement off the ball to create passing angles.

- Composure on the ball.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Quick Passing Square

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Quick Passing Square

Organization: Play 8v8 plus goalkeepers on a 50x40-yard pitch divided into two halves. A 20-yard "two-touch square" is placed halfway as shown in the top picture. Play a 3-2-3 formation with the two midfielders having to remain in the square.

Activity: Play a normal game but impose a two-touch limit when the ball enters the 20-yard square. This will encourage players to combine with quick passes in congested midfield areas. Outside the square,players can have as many touches as they like.To take advantage of this rule, teams must switch play through the square from one side to the other in order to gain space to dribble or attack 1v1.

Coaching Points:

- Awareness-playing with head up.

- Killer first touch.

- Snappy passing when in the square.

- Dribbling and attacking 1v1.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Playing Through Traffic

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Playing Through Traffic

Organization: Play 6v6 plus goalkeepers on a 50x40-yard pitch. Play a 3-2-1 formation. Five mannequins/poles placed on the pitch provide passing obstructions.

Activity: The mannequins decrease space and help defenders block passing channels. This forces the team in possession to be constantly on the move to support the team mate on the ball. In addition, the player on the ball must also be able to go 1v1 with the direct opponent to beat him and create an overload.

Coaching Points:

- Accurate passing.

- Quick combination play.

- Movement off the ball to receive.

- 1v1 attacking.


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