Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Attacking and Counter Attacking

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Drew Munro, Adult Member

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Drew  Munro
Name: Drew Munro
City: Oakville
Country: Canada
Rank: Elite – 0 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Attacking & Counter Attacking I

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Attacking & Counter Attacking I (20 mins)

Attacking & Counter Attacking (20 minutes, quarter pitch)

Practice Organisation

-Area 40x20yrds, with 2 zones marked 10yds into each end.

-2 small goals at one end, to serve as targets & one normal goal, set back 5yds behind opposite end line, defended by GK, as illustrated.

-17 players (incl. GK) divided into 2 teams of 8 (Reds & Blues).

-Players in each team work in pairs

-All balls with Blues.

-Practice starts with: Blues serve ball forward to Reds, who send-out 2 players to receive & attack goal.

-Blues send out 1 player (A) to make 1v2.

-Reds objective is to get ball into Blues end zone & shoot at goal.

-If Blues defender wins ball: a 2nd Blue (B) takes a ball and attacks either of the 2 goals at opposite end to score.

-2 Reds become recovering D’s attempt to stop this.

-Reverse roles of teams after suitable period fo practice.

Details

-Make sure organisations and pattern of practice is fully understood by players.

-Practice can be operated from an attacking or defending perspective.

-Emphasise need to think about space and time and how this affects decision-making.

-Monitor physical load on GK.

-Simple progressions for this practice are:

-- If Blue Defender (A) wins ball in middle area: 2nd blue (B) can support to make 2v2 and attack small goals to score

-- If Blues D delays long enough (decided by the Coach): 2nd Blue (B) can join in to create 2v2

-- Reds send out 3 A’s and Blues send out 2 D’s to create 3-2, with normal rules applying.

Key Coaching Points

-1v1 skills and individual attacking techniques

-Creating 2v1 passing opportunities with individual techniques

-Isolating individual D and making though pass to attack goal

-Shooting to score on the move, versus GK.

-Individual defending in 1v1 and 1v2 situations.

-Use of pitch perimeter to trap Attacker and deny pass to supporting player.

-Delaying and denying space to pass behind

-Recovering and blocking possible shots.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Attacking & Counter Attacking II

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Attacking & Counter Attacking II (20 mins)

Attacking & Counter Attacking II (20 minutes, half pitch)

Practice Organisation

-Area 65x20 yds, divided into 4 zones (30x20; 5x20; 20x20; 10x20yrds), as illustrated.

-1 set of goals at each end, set back 5yds from practice area.

-15 players (incl. GK), arranged 4 Defenders (3 in practice area 1 on side) & 9 attackers (who operate in 3’s), as shown in the diagram.

-Practice starts with; 3A’s receive ball rolled-out by GK & attack single D in 1st zone.

-Progress is made to 2nd zone (which is safe for A’s), prior to attacking 3rd zone which contains 2 D’s

-Objective is to score in opposite goal.

-D’s avoid safe zone until they have won the ball back.

-If D’s win possession they counter-attack opposite goal adding 4th D from side, as additional support.

-D’s rotate positions after each phase of attack.

-Practice recommences from GK as previously described.

Detail

-Use of safe zone as “Breathing space” for preparation and planning.

-Simple progressions for this practice are:

-- Deploy a striker in each free play zone that both teams (attacking or counter-attacking) can use to make a quick forward pass to initiate attack.

-- Start practice with 4 A’s & allow D’s to use the 4th player from the side.

-A’s elect to start practice with 2 players & if they score; goal counts as double.

Key Coaching points

-Control, passing and support play skiills needed to keep possession and break through defensive lines created by D’s.

-Change of pace and angle of attack according to pressure, varying tempo to suit situation (not always fast)

-Rotation of movement and quick play when appropriate, maintaining “security” behind (do not attack in a “flat wave”).

-Looking for opportunities to move ball forward with good quality, speed and precision.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Counter Attacking

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Counter Attacking (20 mins)

Counter Attacking (20 minutes, quarter pitch)

Practice Organisation

-Area 40x30yds, using penalty area divided into 2 zones (30x30 & 10x30yds), appropriate size goals at each end, as illustrated.

-14 players (incl 2GKs), arranged 5 Attackers v 7 Defenders, as shown in the diagram.

-D’s leave 1 strker in advance zone who can try to win the ball early.

-Remaining D’s drop into deep zone and can only win ball back there.

-If D’s win ball: they counter-attack, playing initially through lone striker.

-If A’s regain possession whilst defending the counter-attack; D’s retreat back to deep zone to defend & practice continues with A’s in possession.

-When ball goes dead; -practice recommences with initial set-up arrangements.

Detail:

-This practice can be developed for counter-attacking or for play against a compact defensive block.

-Simple progressions for this practice are:

-- Reduce numerical advantage of D’s in deep zone.

-- Reverse overload, so that A’s have numerical advantage

Key coaching points

-D;s need to be patient, slide, cover and communicate

-D’s looking for interceptions and being aware of possibility to act fact and counter-attack, should the opportunity arise

-D’s require defensive security to safeguard against the possible threat of a counter of the counter-attacking from A’s

-A’s looking for quality of passing, movement and support play to break down the defensive block.

-D’s looking for opportunity to pass forward quickly with quality and precision to lone striker.

-Supporting runs, distances and angles by breaking players combining with lone striker.


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