Football/Soccer Session (Mixed age): U14 Session 8: Drill - Crossing using FB & WMF

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Paul Inns, Adult Member

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Paul Inns
Name: Paul Inns
City: Newtown
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 7 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Function: Crossing using LB/RB, WMF.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Organisation

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Organisation (5 mins)

Organisation

Split players into two teams - 9 red and 6 blue.

Red team to play 2-2-3-1 - in effect, normal (4-2-3-1) set up but without CB's.

Set up on a half pitch with goals at each end. Create channels using cones on each side of the pitch and instruct players crosses must be made from within channels. Blue players cannot enter channels.

Play to start with red GK on each occasion.

Red team to be coached.

Blue team to be instructed to seek to score within 10 seconds of gaining possession.

Play always resumes as set up above, with blue attacker marking Red No.6, 2 x Blue MF and Blue CB's marking Red CF 9 and attacking MF No.10.

Aim

To utilise LB/RB in order to cross the ball to the Red 9 and Red No.10, with Red WMF assisting LB/RB as necessary.

Unopposed to begin, and then introduce the blue players after 2 mins play.

Coaching Points

Movement of lone striker, No.10 and opposite WMF into the box;

Type of cross;

Where to deliver;

When to deliver;

Who crosses;

Where and what does the full back do?

Balance attack and defence;


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Effect GK

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Effect GK (5 mins)

Effect GK

Red GK to allow team to regain shape before playing out.

What can the GK do to get the attack started? Aiming to get ball to high and wide LB/RB - set cone to illustrate positioning required.

Trigger word to accompany pass out - 'Turn'/'Man on'.

Play the ball to the LB/RB - in front of player.

GK to make available for pass back and try the other LB/RB - speed before opponents regroup - two touches only?


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Effect LB/RB

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Effect LB/RB (5 mins)

Effect the LB/RB

High & Wide to begin.

Trigger - 'Go to Show' to create space to receive the ball - and to act as a trigger for GK to know you are looking to receive the ball.

Receive the ball on the front foot - opening body - being able to see as much of the pitch as possible.

Options - If the pitch ahead is clear, can the LB/RB attack the space?

If the LB/RB is marked - return the ball to the GK and try the other side of the pitch?

Can the WMF assist by providing an outlet for an overlap/underlap?

Where should the LB/RB cross from? in line with the edge of the area - No - at least inside the 18 yard line; and from within the channel;

Can the LB/RB cross from the touchline?

What type of cross? lofted? driven?

Where should the ball be delivered? between the 6 yard box and penalty spot?? Behind defence for Striker and CMF to attack? Near post? Far post?

What if the striker and CMF are closely marked? Can the WMF provide back up for a pull back and the WMF then get the cross in?

Effect the Defensive Unit

If RB is attacking - where should the LB position himself? Move across and keep defence compact.

Defensive Unit should remain compact and push up the pitch to close down gap between MF and Defence.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Effect No.7 & 11

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Effect No.7 & 11 (5 mins)

Effect the WMF

Can the WMF assist the LB/RB by providing a passing option for an overlap/underlap?

Trigger for movement? Timing of run? As soon as ball is played to the LB/RB by the GK - move into position - but not oo soon otherwise space will disappear.

What if the overlap/underlap isn't on? Is the WMF able to get a cross into the box? or run at the defence? or switch play to the other side of the pitch and the other WMF?

NOTE - remember balance and the need to attack the second ball - don't allow MF to leave the team vulnerable to a counter attack. Therefore, after supporting the LB, the LB should return to a central position - otherwise, the RMF will have to provide cover instead of covering the back post area - No.8 can provide support and balance, as can the RB.

Effect MF Unit

Where should the other WMF be? Attacking the back post.

No.8 to move towards area of play, but not to take up space of WMF or LB/RB;

What if the No.11 or No.7 is marked? No.10 or No.8 could switch to try to create overlay/underlap with LB/RB;


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Effect Opposite WMF

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Effect Opposite WMF (5 mins)

NOTE if the LMF supports the LB, and the LB seeks to cross the ball into the box, the MF will be unbalanced and vulnerable to a counter attack upon possession being lost. Therefore, after supporting the LB, the LB should return to a central position - otherwise, the RMF will have to provide cover instead of covering the back post area.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Effect No.9 & No.10

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Effect No.9 & No.10 (5 mins)

Effect No.9 & No.10

Movement - what is the trigger point? Defender making his run to touchline and just about to cross the ball.

Whereabouts should movement take place? Keeping on side and from edge of area. Not too wide - otherwise will take the LB/RB or WMF space - channel to attack should be width of the goal.

What movement? Can the No.9 and No.10 swap positions to confuse the defence? One move towards near post, the other back off and make a run to the back post? How will they know which movement to follow? Communication with each other - trigger words - 'Swap'; ;'You take front';

Where are the No.9 and No.10 looking to attack? Space behind the defence? Space around edge of 6 yard box.

Should entry be staggered? or in unison?

No.9 and No.10 need good body shape and footwork to prepare for clean contact.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Interplay between FB & WMF

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Interplay between FB & WMF (5 mins)

The Underlap

Instead of the FB attacking the wing, can the FB cut in?

If so, what should the No.11/7 do? Role switch - No.11/7 go wide and FB cuts inside.

This creates numerous options for the FB.


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