Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Creating Space

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Allastair Lindsay
Name: Allastair Lindsay
City: Norwich
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 5 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Learning to create space in a game of 4v2.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Creating Space

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Creating Space (15 mins)

Organisation

Use half of a 7 a-side pitch.

7 players required (2v2 with 2 neutral players on teh wings and a neutral GK).

Aim

The aim is to practice the start and development of the positional attack.

GK passes ball to one of the 4 defenders (2 central players plus 2 on wings) who develops a positional attack until they cross the halfway line with the ball under control.

The two opponents try to stop them.

Coaching Points

- Exploit least defended areas using effective runs off the ball, quick thinking and decision making.

- Best areas of the pitch to exploit are opposite to where the ball is (length-ways or width-ways).

- To create space, the 4 attackers should:

* keep possession without risking losing it (play simple);

* changing positions to drag defenders about;

* use one-touch only whern there is no risk of losing it;

* running with the ball should only be attempted under exceptional circumstances.

- Central defenders without the ball:

* When WB has the ball, offer a diagonal forward (preferably) or backward pass, so that the defenders aren't too flat (easy to defend against).

* Move outside to cover the WB if he makes a run inside towards the centre.

- Central defenders with the ball:

* If under pressure, play diagonal pass back to other CB (less risky than a square pass) who has dropped back to receive a pass.

* If best move isn't possible, pass after visual agreement to the WB or winger who is likely to have more space.

- Wingbacks without the ball:

* if unmarked, stand on sideline;

* if marked, come inside for better passing options.

- Wingbacks with the ball:

* option 1 - play forward ball parallel to sideline

* option 2 - switch quickly to opposite flank (via CB if too risky direct to WB)

* option 3 - take the ball inside to the centre, away from pressing (can a teammate switch positions?)


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

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Progression 1 (15 mins)

Progression 1

Two cone goals are setup on the wings near the halfway line. The attackers have to pass or run through on of these goals before controlling the ball on the halfway line. This forces players to use the space on the wings, where it’s easier to penetrate and the loss of possession is less likely.


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

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Progression 2 (15 mins)

Progression 2

When the two opponents win the ball, they’re joined by the two neutral players on the wings with the

objective of scoring in the goal. Each goal is worth 2 points, and each piece of control on the halfway line is worth 1 point.


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