Football/Soccer Session (U14): Building Through Midfield PART 2

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Elliott Spruell, Adult Member

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Elliott Spruell
Name: Elliott Spruell
City: Fullerton
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 12 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Rotating Defence

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Rotating Defence

Organization:Play 7v7 including goalkeepers on a full-size pitch(or smaller for younger players) in a 4-2-0 formation with two neutral players acting as an extra midfielder and attacker for the team in possession. Neutral players are limited to two touches.

Activity:Start with the keeper. Early in the attack, the neutral midfielder drops down between the centre backs who now push wide. This enables the two full backs to attack high and wide. From this formation, the attackers create a 9v7. However, if the ball is lost, the four defenders must quickly chase back as the neutral players will be on the opposing team.

Coaching Points:

-Quickly rotate from one position to another.

-Move the ball at pace with accurate passing and strong running.

-Good 1v1 skills leading to attacking crosses.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Midfield Rotation

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Midfield Rotation

Organization: Play 3v3 on a 20-yard square with two mini goals at one end and an additional five-yard channel at the other.Two neutrals work in the five-yard channel as defenders with another neutral playing as a striker between the goals.

Activity:A neutral defender passes to an attacking midfielder. To score a goal, the midfielders must combine with the neutral striker and receive a return pass. If the defending team regians the ball, they reverse roles by returning the ball to the defenders from where a fresh attack is launched.

Coaching Points:

- Close control when being marked tightly.

- Accurate passing from congested areas.

- Movement off the ball to support the neutral striker before scoring.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Xavi & Iniesta Possession

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Xavi & Iniesta Possession

Organization: Set up a 30x25-yard pitch with two manned goals. Inside, play 2v4 with the two playing the Xavi/Iniesta roles. Goalkeepers help them keep possession as do four players around the pitch.

Activity: Outside players are limited to two touches and pass inside to "Xavi and Iniesta" or the goalkeepers to keep possession. They cannot pass to the outside player on the same side but can pass to one on the other side. The four defenders apply pressure. If they gain possession, they play 4v2 against Xavi and Iniesta and look to score. If successful, defenders and outside players switch roles.

Coaching Points:

- One/two touch passing.

- Receiving skills and close control.

- Ability to use both feet.

- Constantly on the move.

- Clear communication.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Pirlo The Playmaker

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Pirlo The Playmaker

Organization:Play 2v2 along with a neutral player in a 20-yard circle. Each team also has three players outside the circle. The neutral-"Pirlo" (P) plays for the team in possession.

Activity:The team in possession must complete 10 passes to score a goal. They can use inside players, outside players and "Pirlo" to keep the ball. The outside players are man on man and , therefore, must constantly be on the move to lose the direct marker and create space to receive a pass. Inside the circle, "Pirlo" creates a 3v2 overload.

Coaching Points:

- Vision and spacial awareness at all times.

- Close passing and receiving skills.

- Play with open body stance to see everything.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Central Overload

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Central Overload

Organization: Play 5v5 plus goalkeepers on a 55x40-yard pitch divided into two 15-yard attacking zones and a 20-yard central zone. Two neutrals (N) who are limited to one or two touches play for the team in possession to create a 7v5 overload.

Activity:Play inside the central zone and try to slide a through ball for a team mate to run into the end zone and go 1v1 against the goalkeeper. There are no offsides.

Coaching Points:

- Movement off the ball.

- Pressing/1v1 skills.

- Accurate passing.

- Dribbling skills.

- Shooting and finishing when clean through.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Running Off The Ball

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Running Off The Ball

Organization: Play 3v3 in a 22-yard square. Each team has four players as two pairs on opposite sides of the square.

Activity:Work the ball from one sideline to the other, to the players outside the square, then:

1. The player who passes outside the square follows his pass. There are now three outside players on that side of the square.

2. The receiver passes to the third player.

3. He overlaps the third player and enters the square. Player in possession now.

a) Passes to the overlapping player....OR

b) To another player ....OR

c) Dribbles onto the pitch if a space has been created by decoy runs. If he dribbles onto the pitch, a team mate must replace him outside the square.A point is scored for each successful overlap.

Coaching Points:

- Good movement off the ball for overlapping runs.

- Disguise on the pass or dribble to evade the opposing defenders.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Dribble Or Pass Forward

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Dribble Or Pass Forward

Organization:Play 5v5 on a 22x30-yard area. Set up a mini goal and gated goal at both ends as shown in the top picture.

Activity: The aim for each team is to score in the mini goals with a pass or by dribbling thorugh the gates marked by poles or mannequins. The team in possession must constantly switch play from right to left and vice versa to create opportunities to score.

Coaching Points:

- Composure on the ball.

- Play with head up to scan the pitch and assess options.

- Good dribbling skills to beat direct opponents.


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