Football/Soccer Session (Difficult): Possession; Receiving in Tight Areas

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Joe Tinker
Name: Joe Tinker
City: Leicester
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 4 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Intro

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Intro

The players are split across 2 pitches and play 3v3. The games last 8 minutes and the pitch dimensions are 15 yards wide by 20 yards to make the pitch compact.

The players play the "goal up" game. In this game, a team cannot be more than a goal ahead at any time. If they have a lead they are challenged to retain possession in the attacking half.

At the end of the 8 minutes the teams swap and play against another team, until they have played all 3 teams.

Players are challenged to think about the following two points during the games;

A) How can your pass help your team mate

B) Decide when to pass to feet and when to pass to space


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Main Content

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The pitch is split into 3 zones and there is a game in each half. There is a big goal at one end and two goals at either side in the central zone. One team scores in the big goal and the other team must break the white line to score in one of the two small goals.

The game starts by having 3 defenders and 2 strikers. The strikers have a target player who is in the central zone, to begin play he must pass in to one of his strikers who are marked tightly by their opponents, before joining the play to make a 3v3. If the defenders or attackers score the ball starts in the central zone as before. If the ball goes out of play then the GK starts and rolls out to the defenders who are playing 3v3.

Rotate roles.

Individual players challenges are;

Try to play with minimal touches

Try to receive the ball and face up your opponent as often as possible

Can you be the next link in the chain (predict play, 3rd man run).


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SSG

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The pitch is split into 3 zones. The teams are set up in a 1-2-3-1 formation and initially they are partially "locked in" to their areas.

Two passes must be made in midfield before the ball can be played into the final 3rd to score. The striker can go alone 1v2 or a midfielder can join once the ball is transferred to create a 2v2. Once possession is lost the midfielder must recover.

Allow players the opportunity to rotate roles after a few minutes.

To progress, if the GK has the ball, the opposition can send a midfielder forward to create a 2v2, making it more difficult to play out from the back. To avoid an inbalance in midfield one of the defenders can push forward. This then leaves 1v1 at the back. Recovery runs can be made by those players or the nearest players to go back to the original formation.

To finish, set a scenario. One team is overloaded 8v6. The team of 6 are Leicester City and 2-0 up against Chelsea. It is the last game of the season. Leicester must retain their win to qualify for the Champions League, Chelsea must draw to avoid relegation. (Players chose this scenario!)


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