Football/Soccer Session (Mixed age): Rotation of Midfield (Start Time: 2015-02-12 14:55:00)

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Paul Inns, Adult Member

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Paul Inns
Name: Paul Inns
City: Newtown
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 7 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

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MDG

SSG


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): MDG

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MDG (15 mins)

Organisation

1. Create a grid 20 x 20 yards, sited around the centre circle;

2. Split players into two teams - blue and yellow - with 3 players in each team; Place neutral (red) players at opposite ends of the grid; Blue team to be coached.

Aim

- When in possession, teams score by getting the ball from one side of the grid to the other. Once they have done this they switch the direction of attack to the other side.

Progressions

1. Blue/Yellow players can rotate positions, however they must have 2 deep midfielders and one attacking midfielder at any one time, so rotation (and communication) is key (this links into an overall system of 4-3-3 with two deep lying midfielders); Attacking Midfielder should be encouraged to play high, and avoid crossing the half way line; Likewise, Defending Midfielders should lie deep, and avoid crossing the half way line when attacking; As soon as a goal is scored, one player from the scoring team (previously a deep lying midfielder), must run over the half way line to become 2nd deep lying midfielder again (encourages rotation of midfield 3).

Key Coaching Points

- Angles and distances of players

- when in possession make area wide as possible

- look at movement of attacking midfielder and rotation of players

- accuracy of pass

- when how and where to make runs

- quality of movement - both within grid and in positioning body to receive the ball on front foot.

- communication between players (including neutral players)

Effect Neutral Player

Can the neutral player play the ball in front of the MF player? Allowing the MF player to receive the ball on his front foot; Can the neutral player accompany the pass with a command - 'man on'; 'turn'; 'pass back'.

Effect Defending MF Players

Can the MF Players create space to receive the ball?

Firstly, if closely marked, can they bump back then sprint forward into space, communivating with neutral player to pass the ball;

Secondly, if the two Defending MF Players are closely marked, can they swith positions to cause confusion amongst their markers, and create an opportunity to receive the ball; How can they communicate this? Trigger or word 'Switch';

What if both Defending MF's are marked, can they take themselves wide so as to enable the attacking MF player to sprint into the created space? Trigger? Use word - 'Back'?

Once the ball has been received by a MF Player, how can the two other MF's assist? Movement and communication?

Effect Attacking MF Player

Stay high to make the grid as big as possible; However, must be alert - to make short sprint into space to receive the ball if both defending MF Players take their markers wide, leaving space in the middle. In addition, can the attacking MF player rotate with a defending MF player, in order to try to create space to receive the ball? Once MF are in possession, can the attacking MF move into space in the attacking half in order to receive the ball?


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Defending MF Bump Back & Sprint forward

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Defending MF Bump Back & Sprint forward


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Defending MF Switch

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Defending MF Switch


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Defending MF go wide to allow attacking MF to receive ball

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SSG

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SSG (15 mins)

Organisation

Create Pitch 60 x 30 yards;

Create coned area (as shaded);

Split players into 2 teams of 10 players - blues and reds - both teams playing in a 4-3-2 formation;

Aim

Play commences with the red team's (to be coached) goalkeeper initially;

Blues try to score on the counter attack within 6 passes - if they fail to do so, possession is returned to the red team.

Red team are tasked with using the midfield rotation to create space and get on the ball as much as possible;

Conditions

1. To begin with, each side must ensure they retain 2 deep lying midfield players at any one time, who must not proceed higher than the limits of the shaded area;

2. Only red Midfield players can pass the ball to the attackers (thereby encouraging ball to be played via midfielders by defenders);

Progressions

1. Allow red full backs to be able to pass the ball to attackers as well as midfielders and encourage full backs to present themselves as an outlet for midfield (thus creating an overload) or to attack down the wings themselves;

2. When attacking, allow the red team to play with one deep lying midfielder, the other joining the attack outside the shaded area, but regaining shape if possession is lost.

Key Coaching Points

- Angles and distances of players

- when in possession make area wide as possible

- look at movement of attacking midfielder and rotation of players

- Be wary of work to rest ratio of middle 3 defending

- accuracy of pass

- when how and where to make runs

- quality of movement

- support from full backs


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