Football/Soccer Session (Difficult): U12G pre-sesson playing out of the back

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Alex Boyer, Adult Member

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Alex Boyer
Name: Alex Boyer
City: Huntington, WV
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 3 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

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Playing out from the back: 7v7, 321 formation


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Screen 1 (10 mins)

Basic technical passing pattern: Pentagon

Players assume positions with the first person at each station in front of their cone, passing counterclockwise across the body to the BACK FOOT of the person two stations away, then follow their pass and join end of line of the station in between.

This will encourage the idea of passing and supporting, rather than passing and taking over.

Coaching Points:

-Body shape of receiver oriented toward middle of square, able to see passer as well as next destination.

-Positive first touch toward next target

-Sharp, purposeful passes

-Passer should aim for back foot of receiver

-Receiver should adjust/move to keep this shape even if pass is behind you so they can continue to see the field at all times--DONT CLOSE OFF

Change direction after several minutes.


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Screen 2 (15 mins)

Passing pattern for playing out of the back 7v7.

Play begins at near goal with the GK. Field players are CB, LB, RB, LM, RM, F.

CB stays deeper than FB's.

Sequence of passes is as shown. After first two passes, CB slides "opposite the ball" and shows for pass 3.

CB receives, turns, plays to one of the CM's (who have moved as shown to create space) with pass 4. CM receives ball and plays RB (pass 5).

RB now plays into second CM who has moved in oppostion to first CM (pass 6).

Second CM now plays LB (pass 7) to plays to Striker to finish.

Once the sequence is completed, it is repeated coming back the other way with roles maintained or with a "second unit" as coach sees fit.

Make sure to vary the side of the field from which the buildup is done.

Coaching points:

-Purposeful and firm passing

-Timing of runs

-Body shape! See the field and be ready to advance the ball

-The "non-crossing" FB should not advance all the way up the field until the sequence resets (just as in a game situation)

Progressions:

-Utilize other patterns involving midfield rotations that free up a 2nd or 3rd line pass.


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Screen 3 (20 mins)

Standard 4v2 rondo. Have 2 grids running at the same time.

Encourage the players in possession to imagine they are in set positions on the field: CB/LB/RB/CM or CM/LB/RB/F.

Coaching Points:

-Open body shape

-Firm passes, max 3 touches, 2 preferred, one where possible

-Pass to back foot, receive on back foot

-Movement of players to support person on the ball (including the prior passer!) Anticpate the cycling of the ball and be ready

-Try all three types of passes: first line, second line, third line

-Defenders: work as a unit, remain compact, force the ball where you have coverage and can anticipate

Progressions:

-Add a 5th possession player and place them inside the grid.


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Screen 4 (15 mins)

4v4+2

Purpose: A possession game played in a grid split into 2 halves lengthwise, team in possession plays on the exterior with assistance of two interior Jokers.

White begins in possession as shown, taking up outside positions. Two Orange and one Joker occupy each half of the field.

Defenders in interior cannot leave their zone (builds positional ideas.) However, Jokers can move freely within entire interior, but both Jokers cannot be in same zone at the same time.

Play is a basic rondo using interior Jokers to move the ball in both dimensions.

If Orange wins the ball, they quickly switch positions with White and play resumes immediately.

Coaching points:

-"Positional" awareness (defending players work only within their zone)

-Quick transition upon winning/losing the ball (expand/contract)

-Press hard upon losing the ball

-Maximize the 2v1 defending advantage in each zone while pressing, force play outside

Progressions:

-Make an additonal horizontal split in the field and require that Jokers need to be in opposite quadrants.


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Screen 5 (15 mins)

7v6 Offense v Defense

Traditional O v D game

Play starts with Orange team trying to play from the back (begin with GK each time) and score on either of two wide goals at half line, or play into F in center circle.

Blues must pressure and try to win ball. If successful they can go to goal at any time.

Coaching points:

-Orange team: build on concepts in prior excercises: body shape when receivng, using numerical advantage to work out of own end, attempt to utilze the ideas in the passing pattern and positional rondos already practiced

-Blue team: try to overcome numbers deficiency and press efficiently


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Screen 6 (20 mins)

6v6+1

Purpose: an SSG to encourage switching play to all zones of the field (central and two wide zones) by the attacking team, and appropriate shape by the defending team

The Joker will act as one of the midfielders for the team in possession.

Play begins with Blue in possession, moving right to left, and is a traditional SSG with certain rules.

Rules:

-Before shooting, attacking team must play ball in all three zones, and all attacking players must move into attacking half

-If ball is in either wide zone, the defending team cannot have any players in the opposite wide zone (leave the opposite wide player open)

-If ball is in central zone, defending team cannot have any players in either wide zone (compact)

-Only one player per team is allowed in a wide zone at any time

-2 players from each team are the designated "wide" players who can assume their wide positions when appropriate (positional responsibility)

Coaching points:

-Quick movement of the ball by the attacking team through all zones

-Quick adjustments to maintain appropriate shape by defending team

-Jokers: circulate and provide options, and quickly transtion between teams when possession changes

-Quick transitions


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Screen 7 (20 mins)

Standard 7v7 on reduced field.


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