Football/Soccer Session (U17): Playing Forward

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Caitlin Young
Name: Caitlin Young
City: Provo
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 3 points
Membership: Young Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical Warm-up

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

Organization:

1. Players set up as shown.

2. Plenty of balls.

3. Distance from A to C is 16yd; A to B is 8yd.

Instructions:

Two Patterns

Pattern 1:

1. Player A passes to B who opens up and passes to C.

2. Player C passes back to A. Next player on A line restarts sequence.

3. Players follow their pass.

4. Players D, E, and F follow same sequence on opposite side.

Pattern 2:

1. Balls starts at Players A and D.

2. D passes to E who sets back to D.

3. D plays through to F who plays diagonally to next player on C.

4. On opposite side, same thing: A to B, B sets to A, A passes to C, C diagonally to F.

5. Now F and C have the balls. Repeat same sequence.

6. Player rotation: same as in pattern 1.

Coaching Points:

1. Communication/connection - eye contact, verbal and visual.

2. Weight and accuracy of pass.

3. Quality and direction of first touch.

4. Be on toes - ready and alert.

5. Movement of hips to open up/receive.

6. Speed of play.

7. Accountability - do not be the one to disrupt flow of session.

Progressions:

1. Increase/reduce distance as necessary.


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

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Technical Phase - Semi-Opposed

Organization:

1. 50x30 area split into two 25x15 areas.

2. 3yd endzones.

3. 16 players (8 in each grid).

4. Plenty of balls.

Instructions:

1. Two grids working at same time.

2. Two teams of four per grid.

3. Each team with two players in middle and two targets/servers in endzones.

4. Each team with a ball.

5. Objective: teams look to play ball from one endzone to opposite endzone.

6. Ball must travel through middle players.

7. Players rotate roles after 2-3 minutes.

Coaching Points:

1. Connection - visual (eye contact, hand gesture) and verbal ("feet," "through," "set," and so on).

2. Movement off the ball - provide support.

3. Angles and distance of support.

4. Weight and accuracy of pass.

5. Direction and quality of first touch.

Progressions:

1.Include touch max/min.

a) One touch: to encourage double pass,

b) Two touch: to encourage opening up and playing forward.

2. Take away a ball. Teams play 2v2 in middle.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical Phase - Fully Opposed

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Technical Phase - Fully Opposed

Organization:

1. 50x30 area

2. 3yd endzones.

3. 16 players as shown.

4. One ball in game; plenty of balls along outside.

Instructions:

1. Same set up as previous, simply remove central line dividing grids.

2. Play in one big area - 4v4 in center.

3. Same objective: teams look to play ball from one endzone to opposite endzone.

4. Ball must travel through middle players.

5. Players rotate roles after set time.

Coaching Points:

1. Same as previous.

2. Three lines of attack - play through the lines.

3. Look to create triangles.

4. Look to penetrate quickly.

5. If penetration not on, keep it (posess).

Progressions:


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Tactical Phase

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Tactical Phase

Organization:

1. Two thirds of the field as shown.

2. Two counter goals at ends.

3. Plenty of balls by regulation goal.

4. 8v6 (end 8v8).

Instructions:

1. White team defends regulation goal and attacks small counter goals.

2. Blue team defends counter goals and attacks regulation goal.

3. White team can also score by passing into blue target player at end line.

4. Blue team can use target player as support to maintain possession.

5. Ball always restarts from GK unless otherwise specified by coach.

Coaching Points:

1. Movement of 2 and 3 to open central passing lane - get high and wide.

2. Movement of 4 and 5 to support - stay short but move wide to occupy space vacated by 2 and 3.

3. Movement of 6 and 8 - staggered, angled, into space to use passing lane opened by back line.

4. Ability of 6 and 8 to play under/over the ball.

5. Ability of 6 and 8 to connect with 10, get forward, and distribute wide.

6. Transition - when losing possession (get shape); when winning possession (quick counter).

Progressions:

1. Allow target player to enter field of play for blue team.

2. Add another blue player to play 8v8. The two new players for blue team act as 2 (or 4) and 3 (or 5).


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Match

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Match

Organization:

1. Full field.

Instructions:

1. 11v11

2. Team set up in 1-4-2-3-1. The 6 and 8 should play offset with 10 playing higher.

Coaching Points:

1. Same as previous.

2. Look to play through 6 and 8.

3. Distribution patterns.

4. Ability to connect/play through lines.

Progressions:


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