Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Ball Protection

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Russell Shaw
Name: Russell Shaw
City: ottawa
Country: Canada
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Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical Shielding

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Technical Shielding (15 mins)

Technical Shielding:

Set Up: Depending on the age/size of the players, grid should be between 3x3 and 5x5 yards. Players partner up with one ball between them.

Activity: One player starts with ball with other player on their side. With the outside foot on the ball, player tries to keep ball away from other player by shielding it with their body. Player tries to keep ball for 10 seconds, and then players switch.

Coaching Points: Players should be side on, not with their back turned fully to the defender, body should be kept between the defender and the ball at all times and ball should be in constant touch with the outside foot, ball shouldn't remain stationary, but should be moved based on where the defender is pressuring. Use sole of foot and outside of foot to maintain control. Arm out for balance and to help hold player off, but be careful not to be pushing off.

Duration: 15 minutes.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Shielding then passing

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Shielding then passing (15 mins)

Organisation:

The area should be split into 10 x 10m square areas (dependant upon age). Players get into groups of 3 with one ball between them.

Activity:

This drill focuses on players being comfortable in receiving the ball under pressure, and being able to protect the ball before retaining possession by passing it back to a team mate.

Player 1 passes the ball into player 2. Player 2 has to try and use their body to protect the ball and retain possession until player 1 moves into a position by one of the cones. Player 3 tries to win the ball immediately from player 2 as soon as they receive it.

Rule:

No first time return passes - player 2 has to receive and protect the ball until player 1 is in position to receive the ball.

Players rotate after each turn.

Progressions / challenges:

- Players receiving the ball have to pass the ball to their team-mate using their weaker foot

- Can the receiving player 'lose' their marker and create space for themselves and receive the ball then protect it before making their pass

- Can the ball be controlled with the outside part of their foot to create extra distance from the defender

Coaching points:

- Q&A to players about what areas of the pitch would this skill likely to take place

- Pitch geography if outdoors (in the midfield / forward / wide attacking areas)


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 1v1 Shielding

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1v1 Shielding (20 mins)

Equipment: 6 cones, 6 balls, 3 pinnies

Set up: 9 players. Set up a rectangle with the 6 cones 10 x15yards. Place 3 players behind one end cone and 3 players with pinnies behind the other end cone.

Activity: Server plays ball into grid. First player from each line try to win possession of the ball.

Whoever is in possession of the ball tries to dribble the ball across the end line. Initially, have the wall players kneel down and just watch. Eventually progress to having the wall players participate. Players can use them for combinations where wall players can pass back to the player they received the ball from.

Key Points:

Deal with opponent first then the ball. Protect and secure the ball. Look to spin defender or gain separation to attack. Body position -Balance - part of foot /part of ball


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SSG

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SSG (20 mins)

Equipment: 2 nets, 10 cones, 13 balls, 12 players. 5 pinnies of one colour and separate colour pinnies for each goalie

Setup: Create a square 40 x 40 yard with sideline cones placed every 10 yards.Spread 4 balls on each sideline out of play. One ball at centre of grid and remaining balls in the nets.

Activity: Play a 6v6 small sided game. Focus on session activity and key attacking principles. If ball goes out of play have player use one of the balls placed on side. If ball crosses end line, play ball from the goal keeper (no drop kicks)


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