Football/Soccer Session (U14): Building Through Midfield PART 1

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Elliott Spruell, Adult Member

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Elliott Spruell
Name: Elliott Spruell
City: Fullerton
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 12 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): The Team's Horseshoe

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The Team's Horseshoe

Organization: Three teams of five in a 35x20-yard area with two mini goalson one side.

Activity: Referring to our pictures, teams are labelled red, white and blue. Reds team start in attack with Whites around the outside. To score, Reds must pass off the white centre forward and receive a return pass to score in a mini goal. Reds can use all the outside players to transfer play around the area and form a horseshoe. If Blues regain the ball, they must pass foward to a White on the line opposite the goals. Now Blues attack and Reds defend.

Coaching Points:

- Switch play quickly.

- Forward passing.

- Movement off the ball to receive.

- 1v1 ball manipulation to go forward.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Find The Number 10

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Find The Number 10

Organization: Play 6v6 on a 30x22-yard area. Play in a 4-2 formation with a number 10 outside the area beyond his two midfielders.

Activity: The team in possession plays forward to the number 10 to score a goal. After each goal, you pass a new ball to the same team and they try to repeat the process. If the opposing team regains possession, they have to find their number 10 to score.

Coaching Points:

- Move the ball quickly from defence to midfield to drag opponents out of postion.

- Number 10 must always be on the move, looking to receive a pass "between the lines".


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Find Attacking Midfielders

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Find Attacking Midfielders

Organization: Play 5v5 on a 30x22-yard area with two attacking midfielders (AM) outside the area at both ends. Play a 4-1 formation to replicate four defenders and one deep-lying midfielders in a match.

Activity: The team in possession plays forward to their attacking midfielders to score a goal. After a goal, the coach passes a new ball to the same team and they try to repeat score agian. If the opposing tream regain possession, they aim to score at their end.

Coaching Points:

- Play off the shoulder of your opponent and constantly adjust position before getting a pass.

- Move the ball quickly between defence and midfield to get opponents chasing and leaving spaces.

- Play with an open body stance and head up to see every opportunity and angle for passing.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Through The Midfield

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Through The Midfield

Organization:Play 7v7 plus goalkeepers on a 60x50-yard pitch.Each team plays with four defenders in their own half and three attackers in the other half. There are two neutral midfielders (M1 and M2) who play for the team in possession. Three mannequins/poles are placed on the half way line to provide. "traffic" for teams to play through.

Activity: Teams play out of defence to two neutral midfielders who are limited to two touches so they must combine quickly to go through the mannequins and create a 4v4.

Only one midfielder is allowed to join the attack, while the other one remains on the halfway line to add balance. Play offside.

Coaching Points:

- Play head up with an open body stance.

- Midfielders co-ordinate one going high and one low to work on angles.

- Midfielders use one-two or line-breaking passes through the mannequins where possible.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Quick Play In Midfield

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Quick Play In Midfield

Organization: Play 9v9 including goalkeepers on a 60x50-yard pitch. Play a 4-1-3 formation with two neutral midfielders (N) playing for the team in possession to create a 3v1 in midfield.

Activity: The team in possession builds and uses the neutral midfielders to give them midfield superiority and launch attacks. The neutrals are limited to two touches but will cause the oppositon to drop deep or squeeze up. This creates gaps and places importance on quick ball circulation and good movement off the ball in order to make the space to receive a pass.

Coaching Points:

- Play with an open body stance to receive and see passing options.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Extra Midfielder

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Extra Midfielder

Organization:Play10v10 including goalkeepers on a 60x50- yard pitch. Play in a 4-2-3 formation. A neutral midfield (N) plays for the team in possession to create a midfield 3v2.

Activity: The team in possession attempts to build from the defence through midfield to create a goalscoring opportunity. The neutral player gives them a one man advantage in the centre of the pitch but to make full use of this, the other two midfielders must combine movements to create space for one of them to receive in space and create and opening in which to attack.

Coaching Points:

- Constant movement off the ball by attacking midfielders.

- Player in possession drives forward to commit opponents before sliding a pass to an unmarked team mate.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Play Through The Diamond

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Play Through The Diamond

Organization:Play 8v8 plus keepers on a full-sized pitch. Play a 4-2-2 formation with two neutral midfielders (N1andN2) playing for the team in possession to provide a two man overload.

Activity: The neutral midfielders play in the middle for the team in possession . Midfielders place themselves at opposite ends of the diamond to create a 4v2 overload in the central area. Neutral players are

limited to three touches,-this encourages them to pass quickly to take advantage of the 11v9.

Coaching Points:

- Tight combination passing.

- Receiving to turn.

- Dribbling forward.

- Running forward off the ball to support the pass.


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