Football/Soccer Session (U10): Creating and using Space

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Chris Kirby
Name: Chris Kirby
City: Wakefield
Country: United Kingdom
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Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Passing Warm up

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Passing Warm up

Description

This practice is 3v1 within a 15x15 yard area with a 3x3 box in the middle.

The aim of the practice is to work on players passing and speed of passing to create the defender to move around his box so they can look to penetrate.

Every time the players penetrate the box it is a point if the defender wins the ball then the players change round.

Technical

- Passing

- Receiving

- Combination play

- Dribbling

Tactical

- When to speed up the tempo of the play

- When to Risk or Retain


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Create Space to receive the ball in a pocket to help retain possession

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Create Space to receive the ball in a pocket to help retain possession

Description

 This practice is used to help players understand what movements are required to find space where you can receive the ball to help retain possession. It is used to give the players the understanding of rotation of movements/positions in certain areas to help retain possession.

1) The area is a 30x30 yrd (or depending on numbers/ability) the pitch is set up into halves and is 2v2 or whatever number you have in the squad (tip with the younger players make the overload bigger for more success)

 2) Players must stay in their half of the pitch

 3) Floaters (Black) can go anywhere

 4) To score players look to play into the free zone and play into the other half of the area. They can keep possession by playing from one half to the other but no points are scored this way.

 5) Goal keepers (Yellow) can be used on the outside of the area and they will look to receive the ball from one half and play to the other or the free zone.

Technical

- Passing & Receiving

- First touch/Control

- Support play in a 4v2 (angles, distance, penetrating pass)

 - Movement to help the team create gaps

Tactical

- When, where, why to pass?

- When to speed play up and when to slow it down?

- Create space in the middle (long&wide)

- Which run?

- How long to wait in the free zone?

- Rotations of players in the free zone?

What you may find is that the four defenders just look to screen the pass into the free zone this is where you look to speak to the team about being patient in possession and how to speed the tempo up to create the gaps

Physical

The same requirements as a game

- Balance

- Co-Ordination

- Agility

- Speed

- Dealing with body contact

Psychological

- Which players take ownership of trying to score with consent movements into the free zone

- Team work

- Confidence to get on the ball

- Attitude of players who make mistakes/ try new things

Social

- Team work

- Communication

- Leadership of players

- Q & A with the coach / problem solving together

Learning Objectives

1) How and why to keep possession as a 4v2

2) How can you create space to the take advantage of the space created?

3) Movements to lose markers to get into space created

4) Rotation of players into space

5) How / Why / When to speed and slow the tempo of play down


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Creating & Exploiting space in midfield

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Creating & Exploiting space in midfield

Practice organisation

• Area 60x40yds, divided into thirds with central third divided in half

& appropriate size goals at each end, as illustrated.

• 16 players (incl. 2 GK’s), organised in two groups of 8, 2 balls.

• Practice starts with: 3v2 in each end third, plus 2 attacking MF

players for each team in each of two central safe zones, who remain

in their own half.

• MF’s can only provide one touch passes into A’s, through the screen

of their MF opponents.

• Objective of game is to pass through central zones

into A’s who look to link-up play & enter into goal scoring situations

Detail

• Realistic defending in challenge areas.

• Communication between A’s & MF’s essential through recognising

signals & body shape.

• Encourage clever & inventive individual & combination plays by A’s.

• Range of passing skills (which may be disguised) to supply A’s.

• Simple progression for this practice is:

- When receivers are allowed to use 2 touches, D’s may press in

safe zones after opponents’ first touch.

Key coaching points

• Challenges for players include:

- Quick play to open-up forward passing opportunities to A’s.

- A’s timing their movement.

- Combination & support play from front & behind in attacking areas.

- Receiving, passing, turning, dribbling & shooting skills.

- Shielding, passing & turning skills.

- Changing tempo of attacks.

- Playing in between opponents.

- Recognising & exploiting space in front & to side of D’s.


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