Football/Soccer Session (Reserves): (PDP) Counter Attacking + Shooting 1,2,3

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John Evans
Name: John Evans
City: Middlewich
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 2 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): (PDP) Counter Attacking + Shooting 1

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Practice organisation

 - Area 75x50yds, marked in thirds with goals at each end, as illustrated.

 - 18 players (incl. 2GKs), arranged 9v9, 1 ball.

 - Players arranged in 3-3-2 formation with each unit confined to their own third.

 - Practice starts with: ball rolled-out by GK into defensive third.

 - Teams score by delivering ball into GKs hands at opposite end of

pitch, from any position on field when opportunity arises.

- Practice is developed by requiring teams to score a goal past GK,

 but from shots delivered only from midfield and attacking thirds.

 - Forwards look for rebounds to score.

 - On gaining possession in the middle zone teams have 8 seconds to 

shoot on goal; 12 seconds from regains in defensive third.

Detail

- Urgency, but controlled defensive mind-set from players.

 - Early defending (in initial phase especially), to deny passes to GK.

 - Anticipate passes & prepare to intercept as first option where possible.

 - Team pressing, compactness & support.

 - Good spacing when team recovers into defensive areas before

 applying pressure to team in possession.

Simple progression for this practice is:

- Play becomes free without conditions so that players understand

when to press early & when to drop to a deeper defending position & counter-attack.

Key coaching points

 - Early pressure by opponents can be applied in initial start to 

practice when ball can be delivered from anywhere into GKs hands

 in order to score.

- When opponents can only score from either middle or attacking thirds of area: defending team should drop to edge of middle third or deeper & defend later, before counter-attacking.

- On gaining possession: counter-attacking team movement & player dispersal ahead of ball.

 - Accurate, quick & incisive forward ball movement to get into shooting range.

 -Support for counter-attack from players moving off the ball.

- Individual concentration from players supporting counter-attack 

from behind to safeguard any potential opposing counter-attack  

moves, on breakdown of play.

 - Focus on quick direct counter-attacking.

 - If counter-attack is denied: re-establish & retain team possession.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): (PDP) Counter-attacking & Shooting 2

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(PDP) Counter-attacking & Shooting 2

Practice organisation

• Full pitch with goals, as illustrated.

• 22 players (incl. 2GKs), organised into 2 teams of 11, 1 ball.

• Attacking team arranged 4-4-2, with strikers positioned 20yds over

halfway line, as shown in diagram.

• 4 players (2FB’s & 2 Wide MF’s) for Defending team stand off the

side of pitch at marked points.

• Practice starts with: ball fed by coach into MF pair

(opposed by their opposite numbers) within centre circle.

• MF’s feed available wide or central strikers & team has

8 seconds to strike at goal.

• After quick attack: 4D’s from outside the area quickly

enter pitch.

• Possession is immediately fed (by coach) into the same attacking

team’s central MF’s & normal build-up play develops.

• Play then continues in slow build-up or quick attacks.

• Whichever team takes possession: objective is to produce

a strike at goal either quickly or in a slower attack.

• At conclusion of slower build-up attack: original set-up

is re-established.

Detail

• Early decisions to be made by individual players on reception of

ball on whether to pass or run with ball.

• Strength & direction of receiving/first touch important & body

shape to receive.

• Timing & quality of passes for runners, in behind, between or in

front of D’s.

• Players need to understand whether to continue with counterattack

or whether to change the tempo & intent of the attack

• Simple progression for this practice is:

- After a sequence of 10 attacks: teams change places.

Key coaching points

• On taking possession: move play forward as early & quickly as

possible with a pass or run.

• After A’s first touch: attack centrally as quickly as possible to produce

a strike on goal.

• Examine movement off ball to receive passes to conclude counter-attack.

• Slow-build-up play needs to focus on dispersal of players as a team &

as units.

• Movement of supporting players to ensure possession in build-up play.

• Decision-making, accuracy, variety of passes & passing tempo in

possession during slow build-up.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): (PDP) Counter-attacking & shooting 3

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Practice organisation

- Full pitch with goals & central zone 20yds wide marked across full width, as illustrated.

- 19 players (incl. 2GKs), 1 ball.

- Inside defensive area, 2 banks of 4 Defenders line-up against 3 Forwards.

- Attacking team has 3MF’s who start in central zone, unopposed.

- Practice starts with: ball fed by coach into 3MFs, who proceed to attack the 8Ds (6v8).

- Defending team has 1 player in centre circle & 1 (opposed) CF in opposite attacking zone.

- When Ds gain possession: objective is to quickly play into free player in central zone or the furthest A with quick support of 3 players.

- Off-side rules apply.

- MFs are able to recover to combat counter-attack.

- Counter-attacking team has 12 seconds to achieve shot on goal.

Detail

- On interceptions of ball: rapid decision-making as to how to proceed with attack must be made.

- Strength & direction of receiving/first touch is a vital factor to counter-attack success.

- Players breaking from back must cover ground quickly, whilst assessing potential support positions from which they may strike at goal.

Simple progressions for this practice are:

- A in central zone is marked by opponent.

- On regaining possession from 1st counter-attack, team gaining

possession attempt to score quickly in response to counter.

Key coaching points

On gaining possession: move play forward as early & accurately as possible.

If Ds gain possession, run ball out from back & players ahead of ball make intelligent runs to become outlets for passes if needed.

When moving forward on counter-attack: defence move forward, retaining compactness to ensure security against breakdown in play.

Ensure accuracy of passes that may need to be released whilst moving at speed.

Any counter-attack must finish with a strike at goal.


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