Football/Soccer Session (U11): Video Analysis

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Ashley Thomas, Adult Member

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Ashley Thomas
Name: Ashley Thomas
City: Lawrenceville
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 6 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Focus: Affecting the player's decision when pressure is tight, and there is no cover for the first defender. Incorporating the 2nd Attacker and having him/her recognize the initial touch of the first attacker. Discuss their off the ball movement to support the play.

Amount of Pressure: 1v1 >> 2v1

Type of Pressure: "Pressure" - Tight. Unable to turn and face opposition. Pressure angles body appropriately.

Decisions looking to affect:

1. Ability to identify amount of pressure being applied to the ball, as the player receives it.

2. Choice to open up on the back foot - closer to the opponent, or receive the ball on the front foot to protect the ball and roll the defender.

3. Recognition of the second defender. Is the second defender in a good spot to cover the first defender if I beat him/her? If so, do I have a supporting player I can pass the ball to?

4. If the second defender is not presenting themselves as a good option of support, or there is none, can the player with the ball beat the defender 1v1?

5. Can I roll the defender and break the line early? If the defender covers and is coming at an angle can I use a V-Move to get into the space the defender is leaving?

6. 2nd Attacker - Can I support the play?

7. 2nd Attacker - Where does the 1st Attacker direct his/her initial touch after receiving the ball? Which direction do I move in in relation to that first touch?

Moves: (A) Inside/Outside Spin; (B) V-Move

Combinations: (A) Pass to supporting player

Mentality:

Option A - Go to goal. Do I have the opportunity to take a shot on goal? Can I beat the defender with my first touch?

Option B - Recovering defender. Can I cut in the opposite direction and create enough distance with my final touch using the V Move to create another opportunity to shoot?

Option C - Defender recovers a second time and/or the final touch was not big enough to create second option. Can I play to a player supporting the run? (Overlap)


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical Repetition: Unopposed (Roll / V-Move)

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical Repetition: Unopposed (Roll / V-Move)
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Technical Repetition: Unopposed (Roll / V-Move) (15 mins)

Organization:

3-4 players per grid

1 Ball in play

Extra balls off to the side

Instructions:

1. Player A passes the ball to Player B after he/she drifts away to create space and checks back for the ball.

2. Player B receives with the front foot (furthest from the defender) and takes his/her first touch forward while shielding the defender away and using their body movement and shape to their disadvantage.

3. Player B drives across the channel to the opposite side (cone) of where they received the ball, and quickly turns with the ball to return to dribble across the endline the ball started at.

4. Progression 1 - Player B performs a V Move on his/her way back to the endline.

5. Progression 2 - On Player B turn and initial touch to take the ball back towards the endline, Player C will now look to add passive pressure by running towards the opposite (center) cone. Further progression of Semi-Opposed Pressure, Player C will look to tag Player B on the shoulder before he/she crosses the halfway line.

6. Progression 3 - Fully Opposed. Player B looks to dribble across the endline the ball started at for a point. If Player C steals the ball he/she will look to dribble across the endline the ball did not start at, for a point.

Rotation:

Player A > Player C > Player B > Player A

Coaching Points:

1. Vision - Player checking shoulders quickly before and after receiving the ball.

2. Players ability to recognize pressure (tight vs. loose)

3. Selection of foot and surface to receive the ball, based on pressure.

4. Direction of touch.

5. Player's ability to control and manipulate ball away from pressure.

6. Execution of move.

7. Execution of next action - pass/shot.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Semi-Opposed to Opposed (2v1)

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Semi-Opposed to Opposed (2v1)
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Semi-Opposed to Opposed (2v1) (20 mins)

Organization:

4 players per grid

2 Goals on one endline

1 Ball in play

Extra balls off to the side

Instructions:

1. Player A starts with the ball and passes it into Player B.

2. Prior to receiving the ball Player B drifts away from the ball to create space and pull the defender back, then checks back for the ball, creating space between themselves and the defender, and receives it with an open body shape on the furthest foot (front).

3. Player B will to roll Player C (the defender) with his/her touch and look to take advantage of the space by taking a shot on goal if the defender is slow to recover.

4. If Player C does recover (on a diagonal run) in time and is able to block the option to score on goal, Player B will use the V Move to cut in the opposite direction of the defenders movement and enter the space behind him/her. Can Player B create enough distance with his/her final touch after the V Move to have another opportunity on goal? If not, can he/she then play the ball to a supporting player.

5. Based on Player B first touch Player A will enter the field to support Player B, by getting wide in the space that was just left.

6. If Player C (defender) does not provide tight pressure to the ball when Player B receives it, can Player B recognize the defenders positioning and open up on the back foot * reference to previous session * and take his/her first touch in behind to break the line(?). Can Player A then also recognize Player B's first touch and move into open space.

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Attackers look to score on goal. Defender looks to dribble across the endline the ball started at.

Note: Players in 'Player A' position may automatically assume that Player B will always look to roll the defender and therefor move in the same direction as Player B to get into open space (assuming the outcome of where Player B's touch will take them). However, if pressure is not tight and Player B can open up on his/her first touch, Player A then does not present themselves as a good option if the movement is the same. Stress to the players that the movement in Player A's position is dictated by the first touch of Player B.

Rotation:

Player A > Player C > Player B > Player A

Coaching Points:

1. Vision - Player checking shoulders quickly before and after receiving the ball.

2. Players ability to recognize pressure (tight vs. loose)

3. Selection of foot and surface to receive the ball, based on pressure.

4. Direction of touch.

5. Player's ability to control and manipulate ball away from pressure.

6. Execution of move.

7. Execution of next action - pass/shot.

8. Second Attacker's ability to read the first touch of the First Attacker.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 1v1 > 2v1 Conditioned Game

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 1v1 > 2v1 Conditioned Game
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1v1 > 2v1 Conditioned Game (25 mins)

Organization:

4 players per grid

1 Ball in play

Extra balls off to the side

Duration:

2 minute games

Instructions:

1. 2 minute 1v1 Games.

2. Player on endline passes ball in to teammate.

3. Defender applies pressure from behind.

4. Receiving player looks to score in goal behind them.

5. Once the shot has gone wide or into the net the opposing team will pass the ball into their teammate who just defended.

6. iF player receives the ball and attempts to shoot, he/she is off after turn.

7. Once ball has crossed the goal / end- line, receiving player goes off and is replaced by a player on their team who will defend to start.

8. Team in possession may create a 2v1 by adding a supporting player after initial pass / touch.

Coaching Points:

1. Vision - Player checking shoulders quickly before and after receiving the ball.

2. Players ability to recognize pressure (tight vs. loose)

3. Selection of foot and surface to receive the ball, based on pressure.

4. Direction of touch.

5. Player's ability to control and manipulate ball away from pressure.

6. Execution of move.

7. Execution of next action - pass/shot.

8. Second Attacker's ability to read the first touch of the First Attacker.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 4v4 Game

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 4v4 Game
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4v4 Game (25 mins)

Organization:

Dimensions vary based on player attendance

1 ball in each game; Extras on the side

Instructions:

Free play.

Can players use what we learned in practice and apply it to the game?

Rotation:

If team scores, they stay on and receive new ball from goalkeeper.


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