Football/Soccer Session (U10): Hillsborough SC - U11G Rockets - S14 (Gaining Possession)

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Ashley Thomas, Adult Member

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Ashley Thomas
Name: Ashley Thomas
City: Lawrenceville
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 6 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

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Session(s) Prior: Focused on defensive principals - Pressure and Cover.

Session S14: We are looking to focus on what happens when the ball is regained and played back to our defense. What is our instinct? Can we immediately play the ball out to the side(s) and if not can we combine with short passes in the middle to draw in the opposite and quickly find a long pass on the side to negate that player. Small combinations in the middle at the right moments in the game can create space on the sides after drawing in the opposition. This will allow us to quickly counter attack and maintain possession of the ball by playing into feet rather than forward and in the air. Review - defensive principals but apply it to the oppositions forwards and midfielders in Activity 3 and 4.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical Touches

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Technical Touches

(from Ian Richard's: Curriculum, Tier 2, Passing)

Organization:

10 x 30 yard area with 2 x 5 yard area either end, set up as shown

Players work in teams

One ball per team

Instructions:

1. Players must look to drive the ball into their partner’s area

2. Their partner must attempt to control the ball without leaving their area

3. If the ball lands in the box, the player that hit the driven ball gets a point

4. If the receiver can control the ball inside the box with 1 touch, they also receive a point

5. After players receive the ball they must open their body up and dribble in the opposite direction, towards the cone placed behind them.

6. As the player with the ball dribbles away, the player who passed the ball will check away, and once the player with the ball turns and faces, the player will check back to the ball. 

7. Players must check their shoulders before and after they pass/receive the ball.

Coaching Points:

1. Angle of approach

2. Head up to observe target

3. Placement of non-kicking foot

4. Recognizing when to check away/to the ball

5. Vision - Checking shoulders before/after passing the ball.

6. *Receiving on the back foot* when the player receiving the ball must dribble to the cone behind (Minimize touches to get the ball across. Can we quickly open up and drive into space?)

Progressions / Regressions:

(P1) – Increase service distance

(P2) – Reduce controlling area

(R1) – Reduce service distance


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Side to Side Movement (Warm-up)

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Side to Side Movement (Warm-up)

Organization:

40/60 yards

2 or 3 teams

Instructions:

1. Each team will work in groups of as if to represent a midfield formation (or with older groups, the defense).

2.  They will seek to switch the play across the four all the way up to the half way line

3. They must switch the play 6 times before the half way line and then come back.

Coaching Points:

1. Proper receiving and passing technique. Across your body on the back foot; passing with the inside surface of the opposite foot.

2. Weight, angle and timing of pass

3. Movement of players and speed of play

Progressions:

(P1) - Limit number of touches

(P2) - Introduce time limit

(P3) - Increase number of completed passes before reaching the halfway line


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical Semi Opposed

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Technical Semi Opposed

Organization:

3 channels

15 x 30

4 players in the end channels (alternate group of four off to the side or behind existing players; rotated in)

2 central players in the middle channel

1 Ball (Introduce two balls for progression). Extras off to the side.

If players have a difficult time understanding why we are practicing this pattern add in a passive defender. Have only one target.

Instructions:

1. Each end channel is working on a set passing pattern (A - B - C - D - E - F) to find the targets in the middle channel.

2. After the pattern is complete player # 2 or 3 must find an open target in the middle channel to pass to.

3. Once the middle target receives the ball, on the back foot, and quickly plays the ball to one of the two central players in the opposite end channel.

4. Group attempts to find the target twice and then switches out with the group off to the side. (One group will complete 4 passes to the target before switching).

Coaching Points:

1. Selection of appropriate passing

2. Decision making of players

3. Movement off the ball

4. Speed of play

5. Supporting angles

6. Short and long passing

7. Speed of Switch

8. Direction and distance of first touch

Progressions:

(P1) - Refer to Technical Opposed. Add in defensive group in the middle channel. Extend length of area.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical Semi Opposed

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Technical Semi Opposed

Organization:

3 channels

20 x 30

4 players in each channels

2 central players in the middle channel

1 Ball. Extras off to the side.

Instructions:

1. Each end channel is working on a set passing pattern (A - B - C - D - E - F) to find the targets in the middle channel.

2. After the pattern is complete player # 2 or 3 must find an open target in the middle channel to pass to.

3. Once the middle target receives the ball, on the back foot, and quickly plays the ball to one of the two central players in the opposite end channel.

4. Group attempts to find the target in order to gain a point. Targets can gain a point by receiving the ball and passing the ball to the opposite end.  If defending group gains possession in the end channel they must find a player in the middle channel to pass to in order to get out.

Coaching Points:

1. Selection of appropriate passing

2. Decision making of players: (a) Can we quickly switch the ball to the other side? (b) If not, can we draw in the defender to create space on the side and then quickly play a long ball to switch the ball? (c) What's our last resort? i. Open and to feet; ii. Beat the defender with a pass; iii. Can we play a ball over the top?

3. Movement off the ball

4. Speed of play

5. Supporting angles

6. Short and long passing

7. Speed of Switch

8. Direction and distance of first touch

Progressions / Regression:

(P1) - Allow two defenders to enter

(R1) - Remove defenders from attacking channel. Defenders are only now allowed to intercept passes.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Free play

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Free play (25 mins)

*Restriction Game before* (Must play out to width - left to right, right to left before scoring)

6v6 with two zones; 2v4 in each half. Progress to free play


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