Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Pressing in Shape

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Keith Cappo
Name: Keith Cappo
City: Drexel Hill, PA
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 8 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Center Press

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Center Press
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Center Press

Set Up: Area is roughly 21 x 21 yards, divided into 3 zones, and we will play 4 v 4 v 4 [balls, pinnies and cones]

Organization: Players on the end pass side to side, looking for a gap to appear to pass through the middle area and to the team on the far side. The central group works togethe to press and maintain good shape. If ball is played through, they regain proper shape, but they must stay within the central zone. Can start by making the possession madatoory two touch to give the defenders time to adjust.

Progressions: [a] allow 1 touch play, [b] when the ball is played through the middle zone, it then becomes a a 4 v 4 game in the other 2/3 of the field, and blues will keep possession until white win the ball back.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Two Squares

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Two Squares

Set Up: Two 20 x 20 suares connected to one another, We will play 8 v 8. [Balls, pinnies, cones]

Organization: When one team is in possession, the other team sends 4 players from their box to press and win the ball back. When they win it back, they look to transition the ball to the other side, where they will look to keep possession.

Progressions: [a] limit touches, [b] after a certain number of passes, add a defender


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 7 v 9 Press

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7 v 9 Press

Set Up: Teams play 7 v 9 in a 60 x 50 area, with the 7 whites pressing the 9 red, plus 1 target player and 1 GK. [Balls, pinnies and cones]

Organization: Reds look to keep possession and then find the blue target player at the bottom of the filed. The 4 red defenders can play outside of the area. The whites look to press with good shape, steal the ball and counter when possible and score on the goal.

Coaching Points: hold shape, press space not men, keep play tight, don't allow the switch, tempo of closing down, communication, checking shoulders, positive transition when winning ball.


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