Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Midfield Support 4-4-2

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Callum Robb
Name: Callum Robb
City: Greenock
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 2 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

OBJECTIVES

To encourage runs from central midfield to break the defensive line.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm up

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Warm up (5 mins)

ORGANISATION

Set up 3 diamonds 20yds x 10yds

2 groups of 5 and 1 group of 6 at each diamond

ACTIVITY

Pass from cone 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 1 and follow pass (Box A)

Progressions - Passing patterns

B 1-2-1-3-4-3-1

C 1-2-1-2-3-4-3-4-1

D 1-2-4-1-3-4-2-3-1

PROGRESSIONS

1. Go through patterns B - D.

2. One touch.

COACHING POINTS

Encourage movement away from cone before receiving and scan shoulder.

Verbal and visual communication.

Weight of pass.

First touch.

Timing and angle of runs to get on the ball.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Component 1

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Component 1 (10 mins)

ORGANISATION

16 players, 8 red, 8 blue

Area - 30 x 30yds

Supply of balls around outside of the square.

ACTIVITY

Play 4v4 in the middle with 4 supporting players outside each side of the square so the team in possession has 8 v 4. Players on outside can not enter the square or pass from side to side.

Players on outside have 2 touches and can not challenge each other.

Rotate players outside/inside after 2 mins.

PROGRESSIONS

1. Outside players can not return ball to same player that passed it.

2. Outside players step in with first touch and player who passed it switches places.

COACHING POINTS

Decision making.

Use full area to keep possession.

Creating angles to support play.

Weight of pass.

Awareness/scanniing shoulders.

First touch into space/away from pressure.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Component 2

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Component 2 (10 mins)

ORGANISATION

16 Players, 8 red, 8 blue (Set up 3 - 3 - 2)

Area - 70 x 40 yds split into 3 zones with 2 goals.

Supply of balls in both goals.

ACTIVITY

Team with ball plays 3 - 3 - 2 formation and the defending team play Gk - 2 - 3 - 2.

Ball must be passed through the zones in order to score.

One player can move into the next zone to support play creating numbers up.

PROGRESSIONS

1. Defenders have option to play direct to strikers, one midfielder can then go and support the play.

2. Remove zonal restrictions.

COACHING POINTS

Creating angles to support play.

Type/weight of pass.

Awareness - scanniing shoulders.

First touch into space/away from pressure.

Ambition to support play and create numbers up.

Communication.

Decision making.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Phase of play

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Phase of play (10 mins)

ORGANISATION

16 players, 8 red (2 - 4 - 2) and 1 yellow goalkeeper with 7 blue (Gk - 4 - 3)

Set up 2nd goal at back of the centre circle.

Supply of balls in 2nd goal.

ACTIVITY

Play always starts with the red defenders passing ball in.

Reds play to main goal and if blue win they score in the goal at centre circle.

Only one attacking defender allowed in to final 1/3.

Free play for a few minutes and then look for coachable moments to demonstrate options and alternatives.

Once both options have been shown, look for one more coachable moment.

OPTION

When ball played to wide midfielder, centre midfielder makes run between centre back and full back for the ball to be slid down the outside.

Alternative

IF the full back is able to deny the space in behind THEN the wide midfielder should turn out and drop back to deeper lying midfielder to keep possession.

COACHING POINTS

Quick switch of play to wide midfielder.

Strikers stay within width of 6 yd box to allow space for midfielder to exploit.

Wide midfielder opens body and takes first touch down the line.

Centre midfielder sprints in to space behind full back as wide man takes 1st touch.

Centre midfielder should communicate verbally and visually when/where the ball is to be played.

Weight of pass.

Strikers movement away from ball to create space to attack.

Other midfielders supporting play.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Phase of play

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Phase of play

OPTION

When ball is played to striker, one of the centre midfielder makes a diagonal run to receive lay off and drives in behind for shot.

Alternative

IF defenders have denied the space for penetrating run THEN centre midfielder should look to keep possession and play wide.

COACHING POINTS

Move ball quickly from side to side to pull defending team out of position.

Striker should come short to receive ball and shield it .

Centre midfielder should make run as the ball is on its way to striker and communicate verbally and visually when/where the ball is to be played.

Weight of pass.

1st touch out of feet into space between centre back and full back.

Wide midfielder maintaining width to be an option for keeping possession.

POTENTIAL PROBLEM

Defensive midfielders sitting on top of strikers and not pressing the ball.

SOLUTION

Keep possession in middle 1/3, award 1 goal for every 6 passes made in that 1/3.

Award defending team double points for winning ball back in middle 1/3.


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