Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Playing forwards through a narrow midfield

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Steve Hastings
Name: Steve Hastings
City: Leicester
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 0 points
Membership: Young Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

We play with a 1-5-4-1 formation. 3x CBs, 2x wingbacks, 1x CDM, 2x CMs, 1x CAM & 1x ST.

CBs play centrally and the midfield play as a tight, narrow diamond to allow room for the wingbacks to get forwards and support the ST who has a hold and release role.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Arrival

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Learning Objectives

Technical
Technical
Arrival activity to get playing. Passing, Receiving, Dribbling, RWB, Shooting for every player.
Technical
Tactical
Can players play quickly, can they play with game principles in mind, width and depth when in posession and compactness when out.
Technical
Physical
Hard work for all involved, can each player affect the game when in and out of possession.
Technical
Psychological
Patience with play, don't rush thing, build, maintain and protect. Trust your team mates and be brave individually.
Technical
Social
Take this time to have a chat while you're playing, about this or something else. As long as you work hard later. Communicate well, offer meaningful advice and positive feedback to teammates.

Arrival (15 mins)

6v5 overload (or numbers depending). Challenge each team to keep possession and build play until they can score, play is directional. Play sensibly and patiently. Can both teams try to occupy at least 4 of the 6 squares before they can score and can the positioning be game realistic, so width and depth.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical 1

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Learning Objectives

Technical
Technical
Body shape, front or back foot, movement to get on the ball, weight of pass.
Technical
Tactical
Ask players to try and recognice where this pattern could help them in a game environment. Do they understand that using this and altering the tempo could unlock a midfield/defense?
Technical
Physical
Body shape, movement off the ball and to get on the ball. Speed & urgency key.
Technical
Psychological
Support your teammates, offer encouragement and positive feedback. Help to make the team better.
Technical
Social
Call out names when you're passing, get used to communicating as you work. Banter amongst the team, can you have fun with your teammates during the session?

Technical 1 (15 mins)

A plays to B who bounces it back to A, A then send the ball forwards to C. A enters the field of play along the red arrow and looks to play a bounce pass with C. The process repeats.

Alter the practice to work clockwise aswell as counter clockwise. Player in the middle must receive the ball in the half the player passing it is in.

CP: 1st touch, weight of pass, receive the short pass on the front foot. Accuracy with the longer pass.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical 2

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Learning Objectives

Technical
Technical
Heavy on the foot shape, type, side, weight of pass, body shape, receiving angle. Challenge Robert to move the ball in 2 touches max.
Technical
Tactical
As before, can players see where this might be beneficial in a game. Ask Joe if he see's wher his off the ball movement could be improved from this.
Technical
Physical
Hard work if the tempo is kept high. Does Matti understand the need for fit, active players in football?
Technical
Psychological
Luke/Liam/David - could they work on being more vocal in the game, asking for the ball and being more brave to get on to it quicker and keep it safer?
Technical
Social
Challenge players to tell each other they trust them when passing the ball, vocally, and try to boost confidence across the squad.

Technical 2 (20 mins)

B passes to A from where C is standing and makes a run forwards to receive a bounce pass from A as shown. A sends the ball long to C as B makes a diagonal run across to play a bounce pass with C, when C receives the ball back he looks to open out and play in to A as he's made a run forwards and B takes As place. This switch over takes place with C as when the pattern finishes.

Ask players to try and receive on the half turn, be positive, get a good weight of pass and play as quickly as possible while still being accurate.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Function

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Learning Objectives

Technical
Technical
Can Scott punch the passes in from CDM either to CM or CAM? Can Rob look to play no more than 2 touch where possible? Can Jalal play forwards as soon as possible?
Technical
Tactical
Do Joe at ST and Aston at CAm understand how their positioning will affect wwhere the CMs and CDM play the ball? Can they move quickly and intelligently to create passing channels to get on the ball.
Technical
Physical
Can Matti and Liam try to work harder to win the ball back. Keep the ST marked between them and not allow him to turn and shoot.
Technical
Psychological
Can Joe work on only offering positive feedback to teammates. Can Adi try to give instructions to enthuse and improve his teammates.
Technical
Social
As a coach, can I try and be more fun and offer more support to all players to get the most out of them.

Function (20 mins)

Oranges play as a tight diamond in the middle. CDM initiates play at the back by passing into the CMs and CAM depending on who’s available. They then attempt to get the ST as a target player. If the ball is played into the ST the CAM and CMs are allowed to push forwards and support the attack.

Pinks play as a chunked 1-4-4-1-1, so have 2x CBs, 2xCMs and a CAM. If the pinks win the ball can they play as quickly as they can to the CAM who is in the scoring zone with the orange CDM.

Offsides are dictated by an area as marked out. If the ball goes out, the orange CDM initiates play again, the pink CAM doesn’t pressure the ball to start, but can attempt to win it if the CMs or CAM plays back to the CDM. The orange CDM can attempt to block or win the ball from the pinks as they try to get it to their CAM.

Challenge: Can players in the midfield diamond be brave and get on the ball as much as possible, can they try to occupy one of the three area’s shown by the inverted-Y at all times and can they recognise when to play quickly and safely and be patient until they can trigger their attack.


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