Football/Soccer Session (Beginner): Finishing & Crossing

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Justin Almquist
Name: Justin Almquist
City: Richland
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 2 points
Membership: Young Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Juggling Warm-Up

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Juggling Warm-Up (10 mins)

Organization:

In a 30x40 yard grid, players working in pairs with one ball.

Instructions:

"Bounce Juggling Challenge". Working in pairs, partners play high ball to partner who lets ball bounce once and plays high ball back to partner. Repeat and see how many in a row can be completed.

Coaching Points:

Toe pointed. Ankle locked. Connect with ball on shoelaces.

Coaching Points:

Players try to improve their touches (suppleness, control and foot-eye coordination) by juggling with different surfaces of their feet & body.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Striking Game

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Striking Game (10 mins)

Organization:

20x20 grid with ball on cone in middle (add balls to make easier)

Teams of 2 try to knock ball off cone.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Combinations & Finishing I

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Combinations & Finishing I (10 mins)

Organization:

- 5 x 5 Gates set up as shown (x2)

- 10-12 Players

- 1 Ball per group (additional on side)

Instructions:

- Activity always starts by Attacker between the gate checking away & back again to receive pass

- Team mate at the front off the line acts as the server & support player

(Sequence A)

- Attacker checks away & back before receiving pass. 1st touch is taken outside of gate & into wide area

- Once in wide area Attacker picks uphead & looks to cross/cut back for team mate

- Server makes run forward towards the box ready for the cut back - finish with one touch!

- Players rejoin oppsite side & wait in line

Coaching Points:

- Check on eye contact, connection & 1st touch

- Quality of pass (make sure of weight and accuracy)

- Observe position/pressure of defender

- Execution of combination; timing & speed. Whats the defenders position?

- Finshing type: Power vs Finesse?

- Observe position of goalkeeper before shooting

Progressions:

P - Introduce Passive Defender for Attacker to shake off & link the play around

P - Attacker that shoots can now become Defender for opposite group attacker


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Small Group Finishing

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Small Group Finishing (20 mins)

Organization:

- 1/2 Field setup as shown

- 12 Players (8 Attackers, 4 Servers, 1 Coach/Server)

- 1 ball per server (additional on the side)

Instructions:

- Split the Attackers into 2 even teams & assign them colors

- 4 Servers are placed either side & around the penalty area in attacking 1/3

- On Coach command one attacker from each group runs toward goal 1v1

- As they run coach calls out a number that corresponds to server...that server plays a ball in

- Attackers aim to win possession of the ball & finish past the keeper

- As soon as goal is scored, a shot is saved or shot goes out of bounds next two attackers begin running

- After set time rotate the serving players

Coaching Points:

- Observe position/pressure of defender

- Assess flight of ball from server. Get body in correct position to; shoot or shield?

- Reaction to server. Movement off the ball; acceleration, anticipation

- Finshing type: Power vs Finesse?

- Observe position of goalkeeper before shooting

Progressions:

P - Coach calls 2 numbers

P - Attackers have time limit to score once ball is in play

P - Coach calls two numbers. Second number/server comes in to act as support player; combination/decoy?

P - Two attackers enter (2v2)


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Conditioned Game I

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Conditioned Game I (20 mins)

Organization:

- Penalty Area set up as shown

- 13 Players (6 Attackers, 6 Servers/Support & 1 Goalkeeper)

- 1 Ball (additional on outside with coach)

Instructions:

- Organize players into two teams. 6 Attackers start on inside of area (3v3) whilst 6 players act as servers

- Servers are placed around all sides of penalty area & play two touch maximum

- Coach starts game by play ball nto area. Attackers aim to win the ball & begin attacking

- Attacking team in possesion must combine with outside player before shooting at goal

- Defending team can aim to win ball back. They must in turn combine with outside players before shooting

- Play until goal is scored or ball goes out of bounds before serving in a new ball

- After set time rotate teams and servers

Coaching Points:

- Observe position/pressure of defender

- Assess flight of ball from server. Get body in correct position to; shoot or shield?

- Reaction to server. Movement off the ball; acceleration, anticipation

- Execution of combination; timing & speed. Whats the defenders position?

- Finshing type: Power vs Finesse?

- Observe position of goalkeeper before shooting

Progressions:

P - Attacker must finish with 1st time shot

P - Servers play one touch

P - Team who scores stays on the field. First to 10 goals wins!


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Wide Channel Game

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Wide Channel Game (20 mins)

Organization:

40x30 field with corner zones. 4v4 with goalies + 2 neutrals on the wings.

Instructions:

4v4 game with option of playing wide to neutral players. Neutrals get 3 touches max.

Coaching Points:

Once in wide channel, drive to endline

Attackers tread water to see where cross is going

Progressions:

P: No neutrals, 5v5 with a wide channel. 3 second time limit.

P: Must switch field once before attacking goal.


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