Football/Soccer Session (Difficult): Review

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Phil Oliver, Adult Member

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Phil Oliver
Name: Phil Oliver
City: Liverpool
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 0 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Sweeper game SSG

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Sweeper game SSG (35 mins)

Organisation:

20 x 30m area, with 2 goals at each end.

An area marked out with cones for the 'sweeper' area

4 v 4 players

Objective: To demonstrate the use of the 'sweeper' to communicate to his team mates about who to apply the pressure; who should provide cover; and who should provide balance.

Rules:

Normal 4 v 4 game, but the 'sweeper' must remain in their 'area' and communicate to their team mates to give defensive advice.

Key points:

- The 'sweeper' must continually be on the move to block any attackers from scoring

- Give advice constantly to every player

Progressions:

Use one 'sweeper' to create a 4v3 situation in the middle area and use the coach to feed balls into the the team with 4 in order to create an overload situation and create a 1v1 against the 'sweeper'


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): possession/ counter

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possession/ counter (45 mins)

Practice Organisation

Area 40x30 yards set out in equal thirds with goals at each end.

14 players (+2 GKs), with defenders out numbered 3v4 in each end third.

Practice starts with Neutral players in middle third, serve ball into Attackers & support play from behind, without entering end third.

Objective of practice, Defenders play outnumbered to pvevent Attackers from scoring, gain possession and in to Neutral player to score one point.

Rotate roles of players.

Details

Distance between 3 defenders when being attacked by four opponents.

Communication, changing roles and working with GK as sweeper.

Deflecting attacks away from central goal scoring areas.

Balanced, controlled 1v1 defending skills.

Defenders identifying opportunity to pass or run with ball on gaining possession.

Key Coaching Points

- Blocking shots.

- Pressing man on ball and employing delaying tactics to avert attack.

- Marking and covering

- Winning ball and quickly playing forward to Neutral player.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SSG: Playing out of Defence 8v8

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SSG: Playing out of Defence 8v8 (40 mins)

Organisation

Create a pitch 60 x 40 yards;

Use a single regular sized goal in one half, facing three mini goals placed midway in opposing half;

Divide players into two teams - blue and white - 8 players in the white team 7 in the blue team;

White team to consist of goalkeeper, 4 defenders (2,3,4&5); 2 midfielders (6 & 8) and with 1 attacker (10); Blue team to consist of one attacker, 2 MF and 4 defenders - no goalkeepers - thus creating immediate overload for white team;

White team to be coached - concentrating on 4 defenders, GK and MF 2;

Instructions

1. Play (re)commences from either white goalkeeper or either blue central defender from their goal line;

2. Players seek to score goals in usual manner with white players having three target goals to aim at and blue players only one;

3. White team to seek to play from the back once in possession utilising high and wide right and left full backs;

Progressions

1. Begin by instructing all blue players to start behind red cones when white team play out from goalkeeper; and No. 10 white player to play high on last centre back;

2. Remove cones and allow high press by blue players; encouraging central defenders to create space by rotation etc. and switching play through GK where necessary;

3. Award 3 points if Right/Left back manage to dribble the ball into the goal immediately in front of them; 2 points if MF manage to dribble ball into wide goals, or otherwise 1 point for any other white goal; Blue team score 2 points for each goal scored;

Coaching Points

Building on from the function:

1. The Defensive Unit If the Right/left back runs forward with the ball, can a MF player provide cover? How should the rest of the Defensive Unit be positioned if either left/right back runs forward with the ball? All remaining defenders to shuffle across and remain compact, pushing up as high as possible;

5. When defending, defenders to play as a compact unit - Centre Back to take control of the line; What else should the unit do as a whole as the ball is played out of defence? Move the defensive line up. Effect the left/right backs - if one runs forward with the ball should the other one attack also or defend? Defend - holding the line with the left/right back. What if possession is lost? Regain the defensive line and play compact - all four defenders across the width of the penalty area as high as possible;

6. Midfield If the RIght/Left back brings the ball forward, can the nearest MF player provide support? One-two? overlap? avoid taking the left/right backs space? What if the left/right back pushes further forward? Should the MF provide defensive support or attacking support? If the nearest MF player is closely marked, can the two MF players interchange positions to try to create space to receive a pass? Or can the marked MF player drop off, then sprint forward to create space to reveive a pass. If not, can the marked player move away? Can the MF seek to switch play if they reveive the ball? What if possession is lost and the left/right full back is up field? MF to provide defensive cover? Need communication between MF and Defence?

2 and 5 should be high and wide when whites are in possession;

2 and 5 should have the freedom to get up into the attack;

10 should find space b/t lines and offer depth. Also needs to make good decisions on the ball;

6 and 8 should be pivot players, looking to change the point of attack when possible.

3 and 4 drop out and provide depth and support when the ball stalls

6 and 8 need to be in support of the ball and create space for each other

Be quick in transition to defend spaces and get compact right away when possession is lost.

Connect the lines and whole team gets forward when attacking.

Read visual and verbal cues from teammates to anticipate movements.


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