Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Crossing and finishing 4-4-2

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Callum Robb
Name: Callum Robb
City: Greenock
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 2 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

OBJECTIVES

To provide wide players with variations to get into crossing positions,

To improve quality of crossing.

To improve movement and finishing of strikers.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm up

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Warm up (5 mins)

ORGANISATION

16 players split in to 4 groups of 4 with 1 ball per group.

Area - 40 x 30 yds

ACTIVITY

Each group numbers players 1 - 4 and pass in sequence (short - short - long).

PROGRESSIONS

2 touch.

Player receiving long pass must play 1 touch pass.

Remove sequence passing but continue with short - short - long.

COACHING POINTS

Awareness of whether to be available for short or long pass.

Communication - verbal and visual.

Type of long pass.

When receiving long pass be aware of where next player is to guide the ball to them with 1st touch.


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

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Component 1 (10 mins)

ORGANISATION

16 players, 14 red, 2 yellow goal keepers.

Set up half field with 2 mannequins set up as defensive full backs (25yds out) with a supply of balls at the half way line.

Use cones to show starting positions for wide midfielders and full backs who will be crossing and for the midfielders and strikers,

ACTIVITY

Start with 2 centre midfielders passing to each other (1 touch) and play will start when the wide player calls for the ball. Centre midfielder can then take a touch and play wide. (Alternate sides).

Rotation - Wide players take turns each. 2 centre midfielders who start play then become the 2 strikers. Strikers retreive ball and join the end of the line.

The first option (A) the ball is played to wide midfielder who gets the ball out of his feet and dribbles past the mannequin before crossing.

The 2nd option (B) is similar to option A but instead of crossing the ball, the midfielder turns and lays off to the supporting full back to deliver the cross.

COACHING POINTS

Wide midfielder

Checks off and calls for the ball.

Positive first touch.

Pick head up before crossing.

Type of cross - floated, driven, cut back

Strikers

Movement and timing of run.

Type of runs - front post, back post, cut back.

Communication - verbal and visual.

Type of finish.

Recycle runs if ball not delivered early(Option B).


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Component 1 cont.

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Component 1 cont.

ACTIVITY

Centre midfielders start play as before.

Option C - Wide midfielder takes first touch inside and drives infield before playing a reverse pass behind mannequin for overlapping full back to run on to.

Option D - Wide midfielder takes first touch inside and drives infield before playing playing ball to striker who plays into path of overlapping full back.

PROGRESSIONS

1. Wide players can dictate which option they use.

2. Add a central defender.

COACHING POINTS

Wide players

When wide midfielder takes first touch inside that is cue for full back to overlap..

Option C - Wide midfielder drive at pace inside to open up angle for reverse pass.

Option D - Wide midfielder should communicate with 1st striker to trigger link up play.

Full back should time run and arrive at pace.

Pick head up before crossing.

Type of cross.

Strikers

Start within width of the goal.

Movement and timing of runs.

Communication - Verbal and visual.

Type of finish.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Component 2

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Component 2 (10 mins)

ORGANISATION

16 Players (2 Gk's yellow, 5 red, 5 blue, 4 orange)

Set up 2 goals either side of a double 18yd box with cones indicating the wide area (shaded).

Supply of balls in each goal.

ACTIVITY

Play 5v5 plus goal keepers with 4 neutral wide players.

Set each team up 2-1-2

Strikers and defenders can not cross half way line.

Only neutral players play in wide area.

Limit neutral players to 3 touches.

PROGRESSIONS

1. Wide players should combine to get crosses in.

2. Defending team can challenge wide players.

3. Take away half way restriction.

4. Remove restrictions for wide players.

COACHING POINTS

Get ball wide early.

Positive 1st touch.

Pick head up after setting ball for cross.

Type of cross.

Movement of strikers and supporting midfielder.

Type of finish.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Phase of play

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Phase of play (10 mins)

ORGANISATION

16 players, 8 red set up in a 2-4-2 and 7 bue set up Gk-4-2 with 1 orange neutral starting play/target man for blue to hit.

Half field with goal at half way line.

Supply of balls in goal at half way line.

ACTIVITY

Neutral player always starts game with red team attacking.

Blue team score a goal by either scoring at half way line or hitting target player.

Free play for a few minutes and look for coachable moment. Show 2 options with alternatives and then 1 more stoppage to go in and coach.

OPTION

Ball played to wide midfielder who gets the ball out of his feet and takes on full back before crossing.

Alternative

IF the defender tracks the wide midfielder and is able to prevent cross THEN turn out and play ball back to supporting full back to deliver cross into box.

COACHING POINTS

Get ball wide early.

Positive 1st touch.

Movement and decision making of wide players.

Movement and timing of runs from strikers and supporting midfielders.

Type of finish.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Phase of play cont.

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Phase of play cont.

ORGANISATION

16 players, 8 red set up in a 2-4-2 and 7 bue set up Gk-4-2 with 1 orange neutral starting play/target man for blue to hit.

Half field with goal at half way line.

Supply of balls in goal at half way line.

ACTIVITY

Neutral player always starts game with red team attacking.

Blue team score a goal by either scoring at half way line or hitting target player.

Free play for a few minutes and look for coachable moment. Show 2 options with alternatives and then 1 more stoppage to go in and coach.

OPTION

Ball played to wide midfielder who drives inside before playing reverse pass for the overlapping full back to run on to and cross in to box.

Alternative

IF the defender is too tight to play ball behind THEN play ball to striker who can play in the overlapping full back or keep possession.

COACHING POINTS

Get ball wide early.

1st touch inside.

Communication - verbal and visual.

Movement and decision making of wide players.

Movement and timing of runs from strikers and supporting midfielders.

Type of finish.


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