Football/Soccer Session (U15): Improve Your Team's Ability to Pressure the Ball High Up the Field

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Gary Tingey
Name: Gary Tingey
City: South Jordan
Country: United States of America
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Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Dynamic Warm-Up

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Dynamic Warm-Up
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Learning Objectives

Technical Technical
Defending principles
Technical Tactical
Dealing with 1 v. 1 and 2 v. 1 defensive shape
Technical Physical
Dynamic, aerobic warm-up
Technical Psychological
Confidence with the ball
Technical Social
Communication

Dynamic Warm-Up (15 mins)

1. Simple dynamic passing and movement to begin in groups of three. Start with unlimited touches, and progress to two-touch and one touch.

2. Progress to longer range passing and driven passes.

3. Now begin to focus on 1 v. 1 defending. Player that passes the ball will follow pass and shadow receiving player. Focus on side-on stance and good 1 v. 1 defending mechanics.

4. Now add second defender and focus on 2 v. 1 techniques. Players work together to show defender into 2 v. 1 situation.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SSG - Endzone Soccer

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SSG - Endzone Soccer
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Learning Objectives

Technical Tactical
High pressure cues (mistake with ball, facing own goal, back pass, unskilled player with ball, ball near sideline or throw in deep in attacking half)
Technical Physical
Execution
Technical Psychological
Confidence of knowing cues to press high
Technical Social
Communication

SSG - Endzone Soccer (20 mins)

1. This progression uses one-half of the field (roughly 50x60) with two 10-yard endzones for the respective target forward. Team play 7 v 7 with a target forward. Goal for each team is to be able to play a pass to their target forward. Defending team is looking to compact the space high up the field and apply high pressure to win ball back in attacking third of field.

2. Defensive cues of when to press high. Look for opportunities when attacking team passes back, makes a mistake with the ball, passes to a technically unskilled player, throw in deep in oppositions half, ball carrier facing away from direction of play or ball carrier near own sideline.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): ESSG - Phase of Play

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Learning Objectives

Technical Technical
1 v. 1 and 2 v. 1 defending
Technical Tactical
Staying compact and forcing play in one direction. Waiting for 2 v. 1's and pressing high when opportunity arises.
Technical Physical
Execution of cues
Technical Psychological
Defensive success
Technical Social
Communication

ESSG - Phase of Play (25 mins)

1. Phase of play progresses to half of the field with the attacking team looking to score in either of the wide counter goals. Defending team will take up position respective to the line of confrontation just outside of the 18-yard box. They are looking for cues to press high up the field and win the ball. Once the ball has been won, they look to attack the big goal.

2. Focus will be on the two forwards working together to funnel play toward the sideline and remove options for the Red backline while in possession of ball. Blue midfielders pinch inside to allow Red defenders option of playing wide. Once the ball, as been played wide, then Blue looks for cues to press high and get 2 v. 1 sitations.

3. While we are looking to press high, we need to stay compact and not simply chase the ball. Reading the cues of when to press and communicating will be key to success. If we cannot find 2 v. 1s, then we stay compact and wait for the next pass.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Full Game - 9 v. 9

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Learning Objectives

Technical Technical
1 v. 1 and 2 v. 1 situations
Technical Tactical
Being aware of long balls played out of the back to beat high pressure
Technical Physical
Execution
Technical Psychological
Success
Technical Social
Communication

Full Game - 9 v. 9 (30 mins)

1. Full 9 v. 9 game.

2. Defending team looks to press high from centerline to the opposition's end line.

3. Stay compact and look for cues to press high and get into 2 v. 1's.

4. Look to win ball back early and transition to goal.

5. Be aware of long balls played out of the back. Backline will need to drop when they see the long ball cues so we do not get beaten over the top with balls played into space for forward.


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