Football/Soccer Session (U15): Possession and playmaking in the midfield

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Andrew Mullaly
Name: Andrew Mullaly
City: El Cajon
Country: United States of America
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Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Basic Awareness

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Basic Awareness (15 mins)

The purpose of this game is to develop awareness of space, specifically in reference to the positions of defenders relative to the ball.

Set up 6 orange cones in a large hexagon (distance between opposite diagonal cones should be 20-30 yards)

Inside the hexagon, make a smaller hexagon with red cones (approx 5 yards inside the larger one).

Between each cone of the larger hex, place a blue player. On each cone of the smaller hex, place a red player. In addition, place one red player in the very center.

Place a blue player randomly inside the smaller hexagon.

Ball starts with one of the outside blue players. On coaches signal, ball is played around the outside blue players. At the same time, the red inside players begin to walk or jog counterclockwise from cone to cone, maintaining their spacing.

As blue plays the ball around the outside, inside blue players floats inside the smaller hexagon, trying to find triangles of space between the center red player and two other (rotating) reds where they can receive a pass from an outside blue.

If the ball moves successfully to the inside and that player successfully plays back out, a point is earned.

Play for one minute, then swap the inside blue player, until all blues have had the inside role. Then repeat for red.

Progressions:

-Begin with defense only shadowing, then allow them to play active defense (cannot leave their track). Inside man can play active defense at all times.

Add a second ball and/or a second inside blue.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Transition in the midfield

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Transition in the midfield (20 mins)

4 v 4 + 3

Purpose: A possession game that focuses on specific positional requirements

Blues begin with ball, utilizing the 3 Jokers and attempting to play the ball from end to end (i.e. between the endline Jokers). All effort is made to play through as many gates as possible during the possession to develop the positional requirements.

If Yellow steals, two Yellows quickly change with the two outside Blues while play continues (quick transition!)

Notes:

-To ensure use of gates, award bonus points for their use (i.e. 1 point for playing end to end without using a gate, add one point for each gate utilized)

-Game may be played as 3 v 3 + 3 if required for your particular numbers

Coaching points:

-Body shape upon receiving

-Utilize ball movement to free up areas around the gates


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Posession: Tech/Tact Opposed

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Posession: Tech/Tact Opposed (20 mins)

Organization: 3 teams of 4 on a 30 X 30 area

Activity: two attacking teams play possession/keepaway against one defending team. 10 passes equals a goal. If the defending team wins the ball, the team that gave away posession becomes the defneding team.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 4+2v4

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4+2v4 (20 mins)

Teams play 4 v 4 with 2 neutrals who automatically switch when a team loses possession. Encourage shots from anywhere near the penalty box.

Movement should be quick, passing clean with lots of communication.

Coach should encourage players to keep the ball and play in combination in numbers up situations, 2v1, 3v2, etc.

Coaching Points

- Movement off the ball

- Supporting angles of yellow players

- Find the ball penetrating multiple defenders

- Play quickly and circulate ball fast


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Game

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Game (20 mins)

Play 7v7, 2-3-1 formation.


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