Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Tactical: Attacking Principles

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Mark Purcell
Name: Mark Purcell
City: Comox
Country: Canada
Rank: Elite – 3 points
Membership: Young Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Session is aimed to improve combinations in the midfield and final third, and improve combination play through third man runs and utilizing wide players.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): One Touch Warm Up Circuit

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One Touch Warm Up Circuit (10 mins)

Set Up: Groups of 3 or 4 in roughly 15 X 12 areas, 1 ball per group.

Variation 1: Up-Back-Through - same player in middle for period of time. A plays to B, B lays back to A who plays through to C. C plays to B who lays back to C who plays a through ball to A.

Variation 2: Short-Short-Long - A plays to B, B plays to C across grid, follows his pass and checks for the ball back from C, B plays back to C and C hits ball across grid to A, and sequence repeats.

Variation 3: Combination with Overlap - A plays to B then checks into the middle for return pass, B plays to A and makes run behind A, A lays off to C who plays B, and B plays wall pass back to C who passes back to start. Player rotation is: A to B, B to C, C to start. Add agility work on the end so when C passes to start, they can do hurdles or ladder.

Variation 4: One Touch Movement - A plays to B and gets quick return pass before playing to C, [A then runs around near cone and returns to the middle of the grid] B lays the ball of then turns for lay off from C, who recieved wall pass back from B and plays D, who plays the ball into the center back to A [who has made his run around cone and returns wall pass].

Coaching Points: accuracy and weight of passes, speed, first touch, movement off the ball, raise the core temperature, communication, body shape, support angles


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

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Variation 1 (15 mins)

Area: Half of Field

Numbers: Entire team, working in pairs [could have working towards both goals]

Equipment: Cones, balls, goals [mannequins if possible]

Set-up: Players work in pairs, one goup going at a time [at start, only one partner plays the ball and becomes the , starting at the top of the box, working to the bottom of the box, where they will work through the sequence.

Sequence: A and his partner start with the ball. A plays a pass to B and immediately checks into the center of the grid [in front of mannequin if possibe]. B plays the ball back to A at an angle, then makes a run behind A [and the mannequin]. A lays the ball off to player C, then Player C sets up a give and go with player B at the top of the area to set up a shot. Player A and his partner take the place of B and C. B and C collect their ball and go to the start of the sequence.

Coaching Points: accuracy and weight of passes, proper support angles, timing of runs, movement off the ball, speed of combination and one touch play, communication; can build in part of the focus to be on the finishing and different types of finishing techniques.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Variation 3

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Variation 3 (15 mins)

Area: Half of Field

Numbers: Entire team, working in pairs [could have working towards both goals]

Equipment: Cones, balls, goals [mannequins if possible]

Set-up: Players work in pairs, one goup going at a time [at start, only one partner plays the ball and becomes the , starting at the top of the box, working to the bottom of the box, where they will work through the sequence. Outside players work on their own and can be placed at a cone roughly 45 yards from the endline and 15 yards from the touchline

Sequence: A and his partner start with the ball. A plays a pass to B and immediately checks into the center of the grid [in front of mannequin if possibe]. B plays the ball back to A at an angle, then makes a run behind A [and the mannequin]. A lays the ball off to player C, then Player C plays a ball to the front foot of B who plays a wide ball into the flank and Player D. B and C make runs into the box and the ball is served in from Player D. B and C look to finish. Player A and his partner take the place of B and C. B and C collect their ball and go to the start of the sequence. Player D returns where he started and repeats.

Coaching Points: accuracy and weight of passes, proper support angles, timing of runs, movement off the ball, angles of runs related to the angles of the passes, speed of combination and one touch play, quality of the service from the flank, runs into the box, communication; can build in part of the focus to be on the finishing and different types of finishing techniques.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Phase Play

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Phase Play (20 mins)

Set Up: Team, divided up as 4 v 4 + 5 and a GK. The 5 neutral players should be 2 OB, 2 HM and 1 CAM. Other teams can be divided evenly. A coach should stand in center cirlce with supply of balls to act as server. The size of the two boxes in the center of the field will vary, depending on numbers of players and ability and should be evenly spaced from the middle and roughly 16 - 20 yards from the box.

The Rules: The ball is played into one of the boxes, and the teams play 2 v 2 + 1 [HM]. After completing 4/5 consecutive passes, the team in possession plays into either the CAM [who is stationed high in between boxes] or the other HM who checks into the center of the grid from the other box. If the ballis knocked out of the box, serve another ball in or play a ball into the other box to change sides. The 3 CM will combine to play ball out to opposite outside back who is making a run up the line. The 2 players who completed the specified number of passes and started the attack will make runs into the box, along with the CAM. The outside back plays a service into the box for the attackers to finish. The coach/server will continue to feed balls into the boxes, alternating opportunities for the teams to attack/serve, etc.

Progressions/Variations: [1] Add defenders of the cross, [2] Add Target player, [3] Allow to only combine through the center without a cross, [4] Change numbers in the boxes, [5] Limit touches both in the boxes and with the combining players in going to goal.

Coaching Points: Weight and accuracy of passes, possesion, movement off the ball to create space, body shape in reception, passing angles, recognizing the chance to switch/attack/get backs involved, movement off ball, runs into the box, service, etc.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Conditioned Game

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Conditioned Game (30 mins)

Set Up: 6 v 6 + 2 wing players, and a GK in each goal.

Rules: Players try to work the ball and score, can play out to the wing players, only on a 1 touch pass. Wing players have 2 touches to send a service into the field for an attempt on goal. Goals do not have to come from crosses.

Variations: [1] Remove neutral wing players and have each join one team each, [2] touch limit inside field, [3] 1 touch finish, [4] every backwards pass must be followed by a one touch pass

Open up to game at the end without restrictions


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