Football/Soccer Session (U14): Activities for playing out of the back Part 2

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Elliott Spruell, Adult Member

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Elliott Spruell
Name: Elliott Spruell
City: Fullerton
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 12 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Three Zone Build-Up

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Three Zone Build-Up
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Three Zone Build-Up

Organization: Play 6v6 plus goalkeepers on a 40x30-yard pitch divided into 8-yard defensive zones and a 24-yard central zone. Place two mini goals at each end. Play two defenders and one attackers in each 8-yard zone and 3v3 midfielders in the centre.

Activity: The goalkeeper passes to a defender in the end zone. This 3v1 allows them to dribble into the central zone. The defenders has created a 4v3 in the middle zone and a striker drops back to make it 5v3. The aim is to now to free a player to dribble into the attacking zone and get 1v1 to score in a mini goal. If the defending team regains the ball, they attack.

Coaching Points:

- Receiving to go forward.

- Close dribbling and passing skills.

- Movement and rotation to receive- quick combination play.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Playing Out v High Press

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Playing Out v High Press

Organization: Play 5v5 on a 50-yard square-as shown in the top picture. Have one normal sized goal at one end and two mini goals at the other end. The team defending the big goal have a goalkeeper to make a 6v5. Both teams play a 2-3 formation. Three neutral players (N) outside the square as shown play for the team in possession. They are only allowed two touches.

Activity:The red goalkeeper starts with the ball. The aim is to play out of defence and score in the mini goals. Red defenders are not allowed to drop back into the penalty box so must move to receive a pass outside the box in order to play forward. Blues try to stop Reds playing out of defence and regain the ball to counter attack and break into the box to go 1v1 against the keeper.

Coaching Points:

- Composure under pressure

- Accurate forward passing.

- Movement to receive.

- Team defending.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Zombie Build-Up Play

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Zombie Build-Up Play

Organization: Play 11v11 on a full size pitch with an ofside line 10 yards in each half. Play a 4-3-3 formation.

Activity: Teams take turns at building from the goalkeeper through the pitch to score a goal. The opposing team play as "zombies" who can apply full pressure but cannot tackle. The defending team bring their four defenders to the offside line to make things more difficult. After one team build up, possession changes hands. Play the zombie rule for eight minutes to build confidence on the ball and a good rhythm-- then play a normal, live game.

Coaching Points:

- Work the ball through all areas of the pitch.

- Movement on and off the ball.

- Clear communcation.

- Accurate passing.


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