|Country:||United States of America|
|Rank:||Elite – 9 points|
Teach Midfielders combination play in midfield. This session focuses on 1-2s or give-gos. How do the players check into spaces between defenders to get the ball forward? What checking angle work? What checking angle work best? How do we tell or communicate with our team mates to do a combination? Increase the speed of play and ball movemaent by sharpening the skills involved in combination play in midfield.
Questions to Answer in this session: How, When & Where can I put myself in a position to recieve a pass, combine, and keep the play developing? Who in the midfield is most responsible for supporting runs and receiveing passes? Who is likely to play the 1st pass, 2nd, and 3rd in a game? Can we combine with a 3rd player, who was not involved in the original combination?
Visual Cues to Trigger Player Response: If there is space, get into it at an angle that you can help the play develop. If a player on the ball is under pressure, has head down, we must be closer to them, communicate our support and receive the ball away from the defensive concentration. Can the players read the play, as it develops, and get into areas to exploit 2 passes before the ball arrives?
This is a great session to work on speed of play, and the technical elements involved. The pattern of ball movement does not change much as the activities change and the practice progresses. It is also a good time to talk about tactical speed of ball movement. Because they have done the pattern 100 times by activity 3 and 4, they should be able to predict the ball movement. If the players can predict the ball movement, AND start their runs early, we should be able to surprise the defense and exploit pockets of space with quick, timely, and quality ball movement.
This is an offensive session. Make sure to only coach the offensive play and movements, especially the first time you run it. Success of players eith the ball will be reduced if the defense is well organized, especially if coached in the session. You could run the same session focused entirely on the defensive roles and resposibilities a practice or 2 later.