Football/Soccer Session (Beginner): Passing and Receiving - Combination Play

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Craig Birtwistle Continental F.C
Name: Craig Birtwistle Continental F.C
City: Philadelphia
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 2 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm-up

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Warm-up (10 mins)

Set up

Two 20 X 35 fields with mini-goals/pugs as shown

Organization

As players arrive for practice get them moving into small sided games early. Build up to two games alongside each each other. Players are encouraged to have free play with no one touch soccer. Try to keep teams even for competitive games and rotate opponents every 3-4 minutes. Try to have all players experience the 2v2 and 3v3 game.

Progressions

Rotate opponents every 3-4 minutes

Coaching Points

Free play warm up with limited coaching. Enforce no one touch rule


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Circe Passing/Receiving

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Circe Passing/Receiving (15 mins)

Set up

Circle with diameter of 20yards. 3X3 diamond in middle as shown.

Organization

Half of group on outside with a ball. Other half start in the diamond area. Multiple progressions of passing and receiving. Players work through each progression for around 75 - 90 seconds before switching with outside players - Repeat.

Progressions

1 - White player checks in to receive a short pass and play it straight back to black on outside. White player then checks to another ball. Use inside of both feet for passing.

2 - Player checks in to receive pass but now looks over their shoulder and receives on the half turn. Dribbles through diamond and passes to open back player - checks to a different ball.

3 - Player returns the initial pass before opening up to face desired direction for a one-two as shown - heels out, open up angle. Payer then dribbles through and passes to open black player.

4 - Outside player communicates to determine what middle player does - man on, turn, one two etc. Add in progressions relevant to the level of the group.

Coaching Points

Quality of pass, inside of foot passing (short), look over shoulder when turning, communication from outside player, first touch to space, angle of support, change of speed when checking to the ball.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Combinations

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Combinations (15 mins)

Set up

Circle with diameter of 20yards. 3X3 diamond in middle as shown.

Organization/Progressions

As a progression to previous drill we now introduce more combinations involving the overlap.

1 - Player in middle starts with the ball and passes to outside player. Outside player takes a touch and passes to the player to his right before overlapping as shown to receive a pass into the middle of the grid. This player then repeats the process. Switch touching to the left and right as needed.

2 - Similar to "1" but this time after playing the ball to their right the middle player checks in as a supporting player to connect an extra pass with the overlapping player.

3 - Middle player receives ball straight back from outside player before connecting to outside player to the right. Overlapping player still makes necessary run to receive pass into middle. (Lesser players may struggle with "2" and "3")

Coaching Points

Timing of Runs, angles of support, quality of pass, communication with team mates, speed of play


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Receiving Under Pressure

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Receiving Under Pressure (15 mins)

Set-up

Similar to previous drill. Expand size of diamond in the moddle to 5X5

Organization

Payers now Play 1v1 on side of circle. Black players start as "attackers",white as defenders. Must check in and receive ball from any outside playerunder pressure and attempt to connect to another player on the outside. Can they use previous drill to find space, receive pass to face up defender and connect a pass through the middle diamond for a point. Swicth roles after 45 seconds - make competitive.

Progressions

Swicth out middle players.

Allow outside players to join in to make it 2v1

Coaching Points

First touch to space, receive on half turn of possible, change of speed when checking for pass, quality of pass under pressure.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 2v2 With Targets

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2v2 With Targets (15 mins)

Set up

Set up two goals 30 yards apart with a 12 X12 yard box in the middle as shown.

Organization

Players will play 3v3 in the middle box with target players in each end zone as shown. Players must pass into target and connect to other team mate to score with max two touch. No defenders allowed in end zone initially. Play for 2 minute and switch out target players and goalkeepers.

Progressions

Allow defenders to defend end zone after ball is passed in there. Once a goal is scored the target players become the new defenders.

Coaching Points

Timing of pass/support, movement to receive passes in open lanes, angle of support, body shape to play forward, combinations from previous exrcise, speed of play, quality of touch and finish.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Game

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Game (20 mins)

Set up

Field 40 X 30 with regular goals as shown.

Organization

Teams will play 5 v 5 including Goalkeepers. Regular scrimmage game with emphasis on passing, receiving and combinations going forward. Allow game to be free play but encourage running with the ball with all previous coaching points being enforced.

Coaching Points

All of points portrayed throughout the session should be enforced in a game situation. Open up grid to allow more space to dribble if necessary.


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Pass
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Pitch Line 1
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