Football/Soccer Session (Difficult): counter pressing

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Marinos Satsias Yiannakis
Name: Marinos Satsias Yiannakis
City: Nicosia
Country: Cyprus
Rank: Elite – 2 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

A counterpressing/gegenpressing session with a series of exercises taken from a German coaching clinic.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Screen 1

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Screen 1 (20 mins)

A team possession game in two adjacent grids of 8x8, 10x10 or suitable size. May be played as 4v2 or 5v2.

Object:

Blue starts with the ball in one half of the grid and tries to maintain possession. Red attempts to steal and if successful they shift the ball to the the other grid and join their teammates in trying to retain possession there. The two nearest blues press into the "red" half and attempt to win the ball back.

Coaching points:

-Standard concepts of player movement, ball movement and body shape for attackers, and anticipatory/coordinated defending.

-However, because this is a Counterpressing session, emphasis is placed on the team of 4, after losing the ball, trying to win it back in their own half before it is moved by the opposition to the other half (ie in this intial phase, if blue lose the ball they try to win it back before red sends it over.)


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Screen 2 (20 mins)

A team possession game played in two adjacent grids, can be 3v2, 4v2 or 5v2. Same size grid as exercise 1.

Object:

-Play begins with coach playing a ball into blue on one side of the grid while one set of reds quickly enter and attempt to win possession. Blue are required to complete 3 passes before sending the ball across to their teammates. At that moment, two different reds enter from area B as show to press the other blues in a new encounter. The first set of reds take up a position outside the grid in area A.

If red win the ball in a particular grid, the coach sends a new ball into the other grid and play quickly resumes.

Coaching points:

-Same as before, with an emphasis on hard and fast pressing by the reds as they are coming from outside the grid and must win the ball within 3 passes. This urgency aids the counterpressing objective.


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Screen 3 (20 mins)

A team possession game in a 5v5 format. Grid size is approx 30x20. Set up is as shown with 4 players from each team inside the grid, and one on the outside (on opposite ends.)

Object:

Play starts with coach playing a ball into blue. Blue must maintain possession and may use their outside player. The 4 reds must win possession and as quickly as possible play to their outside player. Once they have done so, they continue in possession for as long as possible (they can keep using their outside player) while blue attempts to win the back.

Coaching points:

As before, but again because this is a counterpressing session, the emphasis is for the team that just lost possession to quickly regain it and not allow the ball-winning team to play to their free player.


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