Football/Soccer Session (First Team): Forcing the play into wide areas - Defending in a SSG

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Carl Darlington, Adult Member

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Carl Darlington
Name: Carl Darlington
City: Wrexham
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 2 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Organisation

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Organisation

* SSG

* 18 to 18 yard box, with a width of 54yards in width

* 2 areas of ball supply for quick restarts

1. Behind both goals

2. Down the touchlines

* Both teams will play a 4-3-3

- Working with the red team who will have a 1&2 in CM

- opposition in blue will start by playing a (2&1) in CM

* I have two assistant coaches who will be running the line each side making sure we have realism within the SSG

* The session will be focusing on the red team out of possession while the blue team will be trying to cause problems

* The session will last 24mins in total. I will split the session up into two blocks of 12mins. I will then look to intervene once every 2min for a maxuimum of 30sec each


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

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Set Up

The SSG starts from the Blue teams goalkeeper and then we play open football and to a finish at either end.

Red Team

The aim for the red team is to protect the central areas of the pitch and force the ball wide. When the ball is in the central area of the pitch all the red team are conditioned to be inside the lines. Once the red team win possession of the ball they have a maximum of 6 passes to score a goal.

Blue Team

When the ball is in the central areas of the pitch the blue team are conditioned to be expansive and play outside the lines to stretch the red team. The blue team have a unlimited number of passes to score a goal.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Problem / Solution 1

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Problem / Solution 1

Set The Problem

The Blue team have been asked to play through central area to narrow the red team up then look to get the ball out wide to create 1v1 situations. The blue team are also encouraged to switch the play if they get locked into wide areas.

Solution To The Problem

When the ball is central the red N9 forces the CB one way and stops the switch of play from the Blue CB on the ball. N11 screens the ball into the WCF and both N10 and N8 are tight in CM and on the front foot.

The rule for the red team is they cant be anymore than 36yards apart from N4-N9 and 44yards from N7-N11 across the pitch at all times.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Set The Trap

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Set The Trap

Set The Problem

By the red team being narrow and compact they start making play predictable allowing the blue team to play into FB areas. This is now the opportunity for he red team to set their trap.

Solution To The Problem

Now the red team have to work together in getting numerical advantage by locking the blue team into an area creating a trap.

In the large shaded are the red team have clear responsibilities:

N11 - As the ball travels then so do you - show line and cut off the middle of the pitch. Try and arrive on his first touch.

N3 - Be a coupe of yards away so the ball doesnt go over your head but be able to press the winger as the ball travels.

N6 - Screen the pass into the CF and keep your body open to see the CM on your right shoulder.

N4 - Mark channel side and talk to N3 and N6

N9 - Cut off the passing lane to their LB for the switch of play and press the ball into the CB showing outside, win the ball

N10 - Comes across and deal with the closest CM to the ball (Should be on the same line as our N6)

N8 - As the ball travels outside, drop down the line of the pitch in line with N6 as the 2nd screen (We should have a L shape with the 8,6 & 10) and a box in CM when the N7 rolls inside.

N7 - As the ball travels to the Blue RB, roll inside to deal with the opposite holding CM player. Be ready and on the front foot should the RB play a switch to the CB (If he peels away) - Cut off the FB on your run and press the ball if you can get pressure on it. As this is happening, N8 will pop out and press their LCM player and N6 will come back central.

The team press together - Leave the 2 Blue players in the small shaded area by stopping the switch.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Problem / Solution 2

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Problem / Solution 2

Set The Problem

The Blue team still look to play through central area to narrow the red team up then look to get the ball out wide to create 1v1 situations. The blue team are also encouraged to switch the play if they get locked into wide areas. The Blue midfiled 3 can now rotate and in CM

Solution To The Problem

The shape stays the same in locking out wide and creating a L shape / box in midfield but its about timing and who does what depending on their animation.

As the picture shows that the only difference would be N6 and N8 are now picking up players but N6 still screens the CF first and marks the space. If the ball travels to the Blue CM player he will then engage.

N7 now becomes or transition player should we win the ball ball.

If the ball is switched out to the LB anf the N7 presses the ball we have two options in CM.

1. N8 and N6 stay in the same position while N10 moves across to make the L shape on the other side and the N11 makes the Box.

2. N10 physically can't make the run on a quick switch so the CM players press by:

N8 goes to close down the Blue CM closest to the ball, N6 slides across and screens the CF then allowing the N10 to drop into the 2nd screening player. N11 come into the space to create the box

The team press together and force wide


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Key Factors

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Key Factors

* Positioning defensively during a set shape - Screen passing lines

* Timing of movements to press (starting acceleration - controlled deceleration)

* Pressing distance from the ball holder

* Prepare to move from support to pressing responsibility

* Mark and prepare to press opponent or track runs

* Read the pass and intercept, spoil or contain opponent

* Create numerical advantage in specific areas of the pitch

* Work and move as a team

* 36yards depth and 44yards width

* Set the trap in wide areas


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