Football/Soccer Session (Mixed age): Transitions of Defence to Attack (v/v)

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Benjamin Sohier, Adult Member

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Benjamin Sohier
Name: Benjamin Sohier
City: Telford
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 0 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Principles and demands of the transitional phases from Attack to Defence and Defence to Attack


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): MDG

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MDG (20 mins)

Organisation

15 Players

7v7 (Red v Blue) and 1 Neutral GK (Yellow)

*Let the teams decide on formation (part of learning process).

Recommended if unsure is 2-3-1

Half Pitch

1 Full Size Goal. 2 Small Goals split on Half Way.

Blue sets up as the defending team.

Reds sets up as the attacking team.

Neutral GK play ball into Red CB (replicate poor pass - loss of possession for Blues)

Reds to attack the Full Size Goal. Blues negate their attack. If Blues win possession, aim to score into the 2 smaller goals on Half Way.

If Reds score, reset starting position and play from GK again. If Blues reposses and score, Blues now become attacking team into full size goal and Reds defend and try to score into smaller goals.

Coach the transitional demands.

Coaching Points

Defensive:

Press early whilst opposition aren't setup for the attack

Assess; the ball position, pitch geography and setups of def and att team

Press the ball and cut off passing lanes/options

Win the ball back as quickly as possible

Effective and informative communication

Rapid organisation; recover quickly back into shape

Attacking;

Can you counter while defending team aren't setup and could be vulnerable

Speed of play

Speed of thought

Retain possession

Recognise the space and gaps that will be available from transition

Exploit

Quality of pass; inscisive, descisive

Decision making

Both; Tempo and intensity

Progression(s)

Set time limits for each attack; leads to increased liklehood of loss of possession = transitions


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SSG

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SSG (25 mins)

Organisation

16 Players

8v8 (Red v Blue)

Both setup in a 1-2-3-2 Formation (important to be similar for transitional pressures to be matched)

Half pitch plus 15m length with full size goal.

Red GK (green) play into any Red and attack Goal #1. Blues defend and try to win ball back and score into Goal #2. If fail to score for either team and ball goes dead, play from opposite team who last had possession.

Coach transitional phases.

Coaching Points

Adding from MDG principles.

Defensive;

Concentration and readiness to win the ball back

React quickly - first few seconds is vital

Try to win it back whilst other team are transitioning themselves (5-8 seconds)

Player closest to the ball must press aggressively

Attitude, mentality and immediate pressure is very important

Mark players around the ball - stop the short pass

Compact and balanced

Prevent opposition turning and finding space/gaps

Attacking;

Attack quickly

Look for runners to offer forward passing options

Move ball away from transition location; i.e. switch

Negate immediate pressure from opposition

Exploit defensive weaknesses within the opposition i.e. RM is caught upfield, attack that side

Create overloads in specific areas

Pitch geography considerations

End product; pass, shot or cross

Speed is vital

Progression(s)

Add in an extra CM for both teams; more bodies, less space, less time to react

Score/points system

Potential time limit for each attack

Questions

What?

Where?

Why?

What if?

When?

How?

Who?


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