Football/Soccer Session (U14): Creating Chances in the Final Third 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): Inverted Wingers

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Inverted Wingers

Organization:

Play 9v9 including gaolkeepers on a full size ptich (or smaller for younger players.) Play a 4-3-1 formation with two neutral inverted wingers (IW) who play for the team in possession.

Activity:

Build from defence. The neutral wingers play in attacking wide areas to provide an 11v9. The focus for the attacking team is to quickly switch play from side to side get the winger in possession and a full back overlapping outside. Now the winger can use the 2v1 to good effect by either passing to the full back to cross or dribbling inside to combine with a team mate.

Coaching Points:

- Good dribbling skills.

- Play with both feet.

- Accurate passing, crossing and shooting skills.

- Forward runs at pace off the ball.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Line-Breaking Runs

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Line-Breaking Runs

Organization:

Play 6v6 plus goalkeppers on a 55x40-yard pitch divided into two 15-yard and a 25-yard zone lengthways. the defensive 15-yard zones are split widthways into flagged 8-yard channel and a 24-yard central zone (see top picture).

Activity:

Every player starts in the 25-yard zone. To score a goal, a pass must be palyed to a player making a line-breaking

Variations:

Coaching Points:


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Line-Breaking Passes

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Line-Breaking Passes

Organization: Play 6v6 plus goalkeepers on a 50x40-yard pitch divided into two halves. Four mannequin/poles are evenly spaced out on the halfway line to add traffic and make a through ball more difficult.

Activity: Play in one half. The team in possession builds up to score looking to make a line-breaking pass for an attacker to go 1v1 against the goalkeeper. After the 1v1, all players go into the opposite half and the other team looks to build up and score. If the attack loses possesion, the defence are free to counter attack. Therefore, encourage defenders to apply high pressure at all times.

Coaching Points:

- Passing techniques (inside, lofted, curled , disguised).

- Movement off the ball.

- High pressure defence

- Play with head up to pick the right time to break the line with a pass.

- Finishing/ shooting skills.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Iniesta Zone (Between The Lines)

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Iniesta Zone (Between The Lines)

Organization: Play 6v6 plus goalkeepers on a 50x40-yard pitch with a six-yard "Iniesta Zone" dividing the pitch in half as shown in the top picture. Play 3v3 in each half and leave the zone clear.

Activity: The goalkeeper starts the game. The aim is for the defence to pass to a forward inside the " Iniesta Zone". An attacker retreats into this zone and cannot be tackled there. Once the attacker has received the ball, he turns, dribbles forward and creates a 3v3.

Coaching Points:

- Movement into the zone at the right time.

- Defence play with head up to play pass at right time.

- Receiving skills to turn and face forward, then 1v1 dribbling.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Between Lines/Behind To Space

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Between Lines/Behind To Space

Organization: Play 7v7 plus goalkeepers on a 60x50-yard 50yds pitch divided into two halves. On the halfway line,set up two 2m flagged gates 10m apart. Play a 4-2-1 formation.

Activity: Teams score in two ways:

1. In the goal.

2. By passing or dribbling through the gates on the halfway line.

Possession starts with the full backs being encouraged to go wide in a 1v1 against opposing full backs. If the full back can run behind the defence, then the opposition full back decides whether to hold the defensive line to play offside or to drop deep and leave the space in front. This decision will create either a chance to pass behind or thread a ball into a midfielder between the lines of midfielder/defence.The midfielder can now turn and go through the gate to score.

Coaching Points:

- Play with head up.

- Attack when in possession of the ball.

- Remain constantly on the move even when not in possession.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Central v Wide Attack

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Central v Wide Attack

Organization: Play 8v9 plus goalkeepers on a 60x50-yard pitch. The width at one end is reduced by placing cones to the penalty area from the touchline as in the top picture. The team with eight players plays a 2-3-3 formation, the nine plays 4-3-1.

Activity:Play normal rules including offside but with no cornors or throw-ins. Play restarts from the goalkeeper. The aim for each team is different due to the formation played (Whites have wide forwards) and the restricitons in pitch width at one end, forcing the Reds to combine in central areas.

Coaching Points:

- Good problem-solving.

- Dealing with different tactics.

- Play with head up, scanning the pitch, for greater awareness of passing options.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Play Forward Or Switch

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Play Forward Or Switch

Organization: Play 9v9 plus goalkeepers on a 50x45-yard pitch divided into two halves. Play a 4-3 formation with an additional player out wide to the left and a centre forward to the right of the goal as shown in the top picture.

Activity: Build from the back and score a goal- but the attack must combine with one of the outside players before being allowed to shoot. The decision of what player to use will depend in which position your team has the ball: Can they pass forward or does the ball have to go wide.

Coaching Points:

- Read the game and play with head up to assess the best route to attack and score.

- Accurate forward/ sideways passing/switching play.

- Vision and spacial awareness.

- Switch play when needed.


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