Football/Soccer Session (U16): Defending with a Midfield 4, a Withdrawn Striker and a Lone Striker

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Craig Williams, Adult Member

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Craig Williams
Name: Craig Williams
City: Newtown
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 23 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Function

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Set up

Blue team 2 central defenders , two central midfield players

White team lone striker, withdrawn striker and two central midfield players

Ball always starts with server in purple who plays the ball out to the Blue team, White Team to drop back leaving the two Central defenders free. The lone striker than arcs his run to show outside and shut off the passing lane to the other central defender and back to the server. If the Whites win the ball back they can serve for an extra goal. Left central midfield player to close down the outside shoulder of the Blue CM player if he can nick it in front he does, right White central midfield player comes across to provide cover inside. With drawn striker to come more central so that if ball is passed back into the server and back out to the other central defender he can perform the same role as the lone striker did initially.

Coaching points

- Angle and timing of press from front two

- timing of press from MF (when to drop and when to intercept pass)

- communication (work as a unit)

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SSG

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SSG

Set up

Small sided game 9v9

Working with the whites (GK, Centre backs, midfield 4 withdrawn striker and lone striker)

Blues - GK, back four, midfield 2, withdrawn striker and lone striker


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): GK to CB

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GK to CB

Defending teams Gk must play out from the back, white team drop off to encourage this.

Triggers/Movements (As ball travelling from GK/Server)

1. Lone CF looks to narrow pitch/cut off switch (Arc run to force CB forward)

2. CM (Closest to ball) applies pressure on 1st CM (Ball side) - Look to step in and regain possession/force backwards

3. Withdrawn CF splits pitch (If ball into CM/1st touch Inside can they win it? Force backwards?)

4. 2nd CM always Deepest Lyer of Midfield 4 (if ball travels to further CM, can he win it? force backwards)


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): GK to FB

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GK to FB

Triggers if ball travelling to FB - Winger arcs run to cut off line and force play inside. Winger set on FB 1st touch.

- FB 2nd touch (Pass into CM - Winger recovers) (Pass into CB - Stay high)

Central midfield player closest to the ball trigger is Wingers Movement.

- Look to Apply Pressure on Outside Shoulder of CM

- Thought Process (1. Can I Step in to Win?) (2. Apply Pressure & Force Back)

Lone strikers trigger FB's Touch & Pressure from Winger - Split centre of pitch - potential pressure on CB

- Aware of Decision Making from FB

- (1. Check shoudler - Stop switch)

- (2. Ball into CB / Apply Pressure on Inside Shoulder - Key aim to avoid being transfered from CB to CB)

Withdrawn striker trigger on fullback pressure

- (are they in a position where if the ball is played into CM they can double up/ win the ball)


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): If switch happens

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If switch happens

If switch is made.

Withdrawn striker arcs run to show CB outside

Triggers if ball travelling to FB - Winger arcs run to cut off line and force play inside. Winger set on FB 1st touch.

- FB 2nd touch (Pass into CM - Winger recovers) (Pass into CB - Stay high)

Trigger for CM player closest to the ball is wingers movement

- Look to apply pressure on outside shoulder of CM

- Thought Process (1. Can I Step in to Win?) (2. Apply Pressure & Force Back)

Wingers trigger on CB first touch


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Screen 6

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Screen 6

Right Winger recovers as ball gets passed, stopping the 1-2 around him

Withdrawn striker trigger is FB's pass

- Ball into CM / If on Inside Foot, Are we in a Position to Apply Pressure from the Front?

- block passing lane to theie rightside CB.

Left side CM players trigger is CM stepping in.

- Narrows pitch / Cut off supply into CF if dropped off.

- Always deepest of midfield 4.

Opposite Winger Squeezes play / Body open for switch.

-Ball into CM / If on Inside Foot, Are we in a Position to Apply Pressure from the Front?

Lone striker trigger is ball into the CM player

- Cut of the passing lane back to the GK

- be aware of the pass back into CB if passed apply pressure force outside.


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