Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Day 5: Penetrating Passes

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Todd Ledbetter
Name: Todd Ledbetter
City: Chattanooga
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 1 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
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Possession is a means to an end. Obviously the end goal is to put balls in the back of the net. A very effective way to do this is to find a way to do to "Penetrate Lines" of Pressure and "Get in Behind" the defense. 3You can eliminate ENTIRE lines of pressure (LOP) by: 1) With your first touch 2) On the dribble 3) With a pass.

A penetrating pass is so dangerous to defenses that a golden rule of every top defense is: "Don't get split!" If defenses fear it so much, then we need to get great at doing it!


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Passing Warm Up: 1) Turn with his back to the goal, Dribble to penetrate lines.

2) Receive on the half turn to use your first touch to penetrate lines and get play moving forward.

3) Use the pass to penetrate lines.

Encourage players to look for splits, Movement to find gaps, Patience, Visual cues


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WARM-UP ACTIVITY – PASSING FOR PENETRATION:

Focus of this passing pattern is the movement off the ball from the wide players (player C) before they receive the ball and the center mids movement (player B).

1) Player A passes to player B. Player B receives the ball with his left foot and has a touch away from pressure into the space. When player B takes his first touch, Player C checks towards the ball, and makes a diagonal run looking for the through ball.

2)Player D passes to Player E. Player E plays the way he faces and lays it off back to player D in the space. The moment player E lays the ball offf, Player F checks towards the ball, and makes a diagonal run into space. Player D passes to Player F.


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Border Patrol: 3 teams of 5. The coach will start with ball. Play into into 1 of the grid's. The attacking team will play 5 v 2. Once they connect 4 passes they look to get the ball out of pressure by splitting the 3 players in the middle grid and connecting with the a player in the other grid. Players in the opposite grids must constantly be adjusting their angles, trying to work to get into seams. If the defense wins the ball and succesfully plays it back to their players in the middle grid. They get a point. Play is dead if a ball leaves the grid. 10 total balls.

A point is awarded for everytime the ball gets succesfully switched.


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6v3 Endzone Game: 9 players. Groups of 12-13 to sub players in. 40x20. 8 yd endzone

The idea is to now find the seams to play balls into that will penetrate the back 4 and get us in behind. No player from either team is allowed in the endzone. The blue line is the offside line. The objective is to score by connecting a well timed pass into the endzone and into the run of the teammate. The Att. players may not dribble into the endzones. Progression: Add another Neutral and say that the final ball must come from a 1 touch pass.

Coaching Points: 1) Are the players patient in when to choose to play the final ball? 2) Are players interchanging positions to unbalance the defense? (Overlapping runs, diagonal runs to open up space, etc...


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End zone game. 4 v 4 +2. 9 players. 30x40. 8 yard endzones.The idea is to now find the seams to play balls into that will penetrate the back 4 and get us in behind. No player from either team is allowed in the endzone. The blue line is the offside line. The objective is to score by connecting a well timed pass into the endzone and into the run of the teammate. The Att. players may not dribble into the endzones. Progression: Say that the final ball must come from a 1 touch pass. This exercise can eventually end with 7v7+2.

Coaching Points: 1) Are the players patient in when to choose to play the final ball? 2) Are players interchanging positions to unbalance the defense? (Overlapping runs, diagonal runs to open up space, etc...


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Final Game: 7 v 7+2 to Goal. Same as previous exercise however, now when the pass is played in behind, the attackers can go to goal.

Same coaching points as previous exercise.


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