Football/Soccer Session (Mixed age): Changes of Direction

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Jeremy Williams, Adult Member

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Jeremy Williams
Name: Jeremy Williams
City: New Rochelle
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 6 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Key Learning Outcomes

• Distance of touch (helps next action)

• Decision whether to keep going forward or change directin based on pressure and space

• Identification of the defender

• Identification of the space

• Attacking the space forward on the field (looking to penetrate)

• Who, What, When, Where, Why, How.


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

Organization:

-20 x 20 yard area

-Each player has a ball

Instructions:

Part 1

Each player has a ball and is introduced to a few different types of dribbling techniques:

Messi, Ronaldo, Xavi and Ineiesta

Players will be asked how they might use each type, after they have been introduced:

-If you have a lot of space which technique might be the best?

-If you are in a very tight space how could you dribble?

Part 2

-Space is the same, now all but two players have a ball.

-The players with out the ball are defenders and hold a pinnie in their hand.

-Defenders are trying to simply touch another players ball with their foot (They are not trying to tackle)

-When a Defender touches a ball they take that ball and give their pinnie to the attacker.

-That attacker then becomes the tagger/defender

-The goal is to get tagged the fewest times and to not be it when time runs out.

Coaching Points:

-Using the proper dribbling technique/surface of the foot

-Looking for/identifiying where the open space.

-Aware of the defenders and other attackers


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SAQ

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SAQ
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SAQ (10 mins)

Organization:

20x35 yard area, players split into 2 teams

Instructions:

Player A starts the game and gets a point for getting through a gate - doesn't matter which one.

As soon as Player A goes through either gate Player B sets off, trying to score through either gate. Player A has to recover and TAG player B before he/she gets through a gate.

Player C begins when Player B gets through a gate or is tagged., Player B must immediatly recover to defened

Keep alternating - first team to ten points wins.

Coaching Points(when, how, why):

• Moment of transition

• When to change direction (notice position of defender-where is their momentum taking them)

• How to change direction-short choppy steps to change direction quickly

• Use of body shape/angle to fake/feint

• Why to change pace-Accelerate after the change of direction, ensuring success of next action

• If using pinnies-Can we protect the pinnie, by using our body shape or position of body relative to the defender

Progressions:

P-Pinnies in shorts, taggers must pull the attackers pinnie to tag them.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical

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Technical (10 mins)

Organization:

Set up same as previous activity.

Each player has a ball.

Instructions:

Two lines dribbling to opposite cones in the middle. Use the cone as a guide for when to do your change of direction.

U-Turn,Ronaldo Chop.

Player on bottom of grid (Player A) intiates play, they take their first touch to either side and the player on the top of the grid (Player B) reacts to that first touch, players should try to alternate between left and right sides-After players have the technique competition will be introduced-

Coaching Points (what, how, why, when):

• Decision of when to perform the turn.

• Quality of change of direction

• Push the ball out of feet to prepare for pass/dribble after the move (End Product)

• Head up before and after the move

• Can you do it without looking at the ball

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1) How-Technique of V-Turn or Ronaldo Chop

2) Why-to quickly move from an area of less space to more space, or to pull a defender wide to open space in the middle

3) When-As the defender is quickly closing down the available space can you recognize area of more space

4) Where-Wide areas of te field to move into the middle (

5) Who-Wide midfielders or overlappig wingbacks-#7,#11,#2 or #3

Progressions:

P - R - inside cut/ outside cut.

P-Player B passes accross the grid to player A, Player A takes their first touch toward one of the tall cones, Player B reacts to player A's first touch trying to arrive at the tall cone at the same time as Player A, (they are not trying to steal the ball) Player B changes direction, immediatly finds open gate and dribbles through gate, player B finds the gate infront of them and tries to beat player A back to the line

••For progression add tall cone, tell passive defender hy have to jog/run to the tall cone to arrive at the same time as th dribbling player.


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

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Fully Opposed (15 mins)

Organization:

Same setup as before

Instructions:

Same game as before - only allowed to score once in the end zone. Next player goes when the ball is in the net or out of play. Attackers need to be aware of their defensive role immeidatly after scoreing.

Defender can tackle, if they win the ball they score on the counter goals near the start line

Attacker can go and score if defender forgets their role.

Coaching Points:

• When to drive into space v. change direction

• Application of change of direction move

• Dribble with pace

• Head up to assess options

• Acceleration after the move

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Progressions:

P-Goal directly in front is 2 points, other goal is 1 point-

Players can score from anywhere if players start takig shots from anywhere on the field introduce socring endzone


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Small Sided Game

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Small Sided Game (15 mins)

Organization:

3v3 game - 3 teams - Winners stay on

PUGG Goals set up in each corner - encouraging change of direction if one route is closed off

Each team should play in a 2-1 formation to encourage the opprotunity to drive into space on the flanks then

Coaching Points:

- When to use which moves based on the defender's position.

- Which areas of the field to use a change of direction in and when.


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