Football/Soccer Session (U12): Counter attacking in a 4 – 4 – 2

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Alexis Nieves, Adult Member

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Alexis Nieves
Name: Alexis Nieves
City: Littleton
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 9 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

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

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Warm Up (10 mins)

Organization & Instructions:

Half field set up as shown

20 players (2 teams of 9 / 6 groups of 3) 2 GK, set up as shown

Activity starts with group (A) attacking goal and the defenders (B) coming out to defend

The player that touches the ball last from the attacking team when the ball goes out of play stays in the field

The remaining two players, drop behind the goal they were attacking

Thefending players (B) now receive a ball from their GK and attack 2v1 against the now single defender from group (A)

The process repeats when the ball goes out of play

Coaching Points:

Weight and accuracy of passes

Attack at speed with lateral movement attackers to unbalance defenders

Technique of any combinations being used

Progressions:


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Main Theme 1

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Main Theme 1 (15 mins)

Organization & Instructions:

Half field with 18 x 44 yard area set up as shown

18 players (14 Attackers, 3 Defenders, 1 GK) set up as shown

Coach starts the activity by playing into the 3 attackers who attempt to score by dribbling over the end line

Once the defenders win the ball they attempt to counter attack to goal

The players waiting behind take over from the attackers in the next rotation

Option 1:

The ball is won and passed to the central forward (A) who lays the ball back to central forward (B). Right midfielder (C) runs in behind to receive the ball before dribbling forward. Left midfielder (F) makes a full length run to receive the cross from right midfielder (C). Central forwards (A) and (B) as well as one of the central Midfielders (D) or (E) break forward to support the attack

Option 2:

The ball is won and passed into space for the left midfielder (F) who dribbles inside for central forward (B) to overlap around. Central forward (B) receives the ball and crosses for the oncoming central forward (A).Right midfielder (C) and one of the central midfielders (D) or (E) make runs to the back post and the top of the area

Coaching Points:

Central forwards should be staggered when receiving

Wide midfielders should look to get forward quickly to support the attack and provide width

Progressions:


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Main Theme 2

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Main Theme 2 (15 mins)

Organization & Instructions:

Full field with 18 x 44 yard area set up as shown

18 players (12 Attackers, 6 Defenders, 1 GK) set up as shown

Activity is played as above but players have more freedom on how they counter

Coaching Points:

As above

Attack should move laterally to keep defenders unbalanced

Central forwards should move in opposites with one stretching long and one dropping short

Defenders should be isolated quickly to gain a further numbers up advantage

Players should keep the ball moving to prevent defenders recovering

Progressions:


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Conditioned Game

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Conditioned Game (15 mins)

Organization & Instructions:

Full field set up as shown

Red = 2 Defenders, 4 Midfielders, 2 Attackers

Yellow = 1 GK, 4 Defenders, 2 Midfielders, 1 Attacker

Red team attempt to score on goal and should play low pressure

Yellow team attempt to score on the three small goals and play high pressure. Full backs must be at half way line to score

Activity always starts from GK

Coaching Points:

As above

Midfields should be looking for the opportunity pass forward quickly

Forwards should be looking to get into go countering positions for when the ball is won

Players should look for different options to counter with based on how the play develops

Progressions:


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Match

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Match (10 mins)

Organization & Instructions:

Full field set up as shown

18 players set up as shown

Regular game

Formations:

Red = 2 – 4 – 2

Yellow = 4 – 3 – 1

Coaching Points:

Continue to coach the points in all the exercises above

Progressions:


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Pass
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