Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Individual possession - change of direction/protecting the ball

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Name: Darren Russcher
City: Richmond
Country: Canada
Rank: Elite – 0 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

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Individual ball retention- changes of direction


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical

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Technical (25 mins)

Technical - Outside cuts, U Turns & twist offs. Groups of 2 or 3. Start by executing outside cuts, alternating feet after a couple of mins each. Next, execute a U Turn, again alternating feet. Finally, combining a twist off with a U Turn and release of the ball (using right foot travelling to left cones, and left foot travelling to right cones). Progression : race for a certain number of executions. Disqualify if wrong foot used or technique not attempted.

Coaching points :

- reach for the ball on outside cuts

- foot perpendicular to ball to get sharp cut

- jump on other side of ball on U Turn

- manipulate ball with toe to mimic a small "U" motion

- execute turn away from cones at just over a stride's length away to gauge distance

- take away with outside of opposite foot to maximize space between defender & ball

- body posittion after change of direction (down low, wide stance, side on, arms/butt out)

- eyes up after change of direction (SEE the space)

- change of direction/change of pace

- twist off require hips to swivel on twising motion

- try to face forward as soon as possible after twisting off

- dribbling on 1st touch when receiving the ball

- try to use as few touches as possible in twist off/U Turn combo (5 or 6)

- pass should lead player in direction trying to travel


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

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Technical opposed (20 mins)

Technical opposed - 1v1 to side gates. 2 teams divided equally on 2 different 10 by 8 grids. On 1 grid blue is attacking and the other grid red is attacking. Points scored by dribbling through gates under control. Attack for 3 mins and then switch sides so opposite team is attacking. Switch teams on grid after a spell as well.

Coaching points :

- dribbling on 1st touch, directional toward a gate

- quick, sharp changes of direction to lose the defender

- body shape to protect ball after change of direction

- change of direction, change of pace! Lose the defender! Only have to beat them once!

- turn AWAY from defender and protect the ball with outside of foot

- use foot furthest from defender when dribbling away to protect

- might have to switch feet after change of direction to protect ball from defender

- use deception (head fakes, stop/starts etc)


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Skill

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Skill (15 mins)

1v1 continuous. 2 teams take turns being the attacking & defending teams. Attackers all start with a ball. Defenders are trying to clear the grid of all the balls. Attackers are trying to protect the ball and keep the last ball alive for as long as possible. Defenders enter grid 1 at a time on 8 second intervals. When an attacker is dispossessed, they become a passing option for their teammates. Team with longest time of keeping 1 ball alive in grid after each round gets a point.

Coaching points :

- protect the ball!

- now you must get position to protect the ball as it's being passed (body across defender)

- awareness of situation. Eyes up. Know when to release the ball (SEE the space)

- make space as big as possible

- support quickly for teammates in trouble

- communication (voice, eye contact, body language)


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SSG

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SSG (20 mins)

4 goal diagonal SSG. Reds play to goals marked with red cones on diagonals. Blue play to other 2 goals on diagonal. Can only score within marked out scoring zone (also offside/retreat line)

Coaching points :

- make space as big as possible in poseession

- reinforce all earlier points

- intevene whenver a player turns into pressure or doesn't protect while dribbling using furthest foot

- do not force play. Change direction and reset. Attack opposite direction


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