Football/Soccer Session (U12): HSC U11G/U12G - Spring16 (S7)

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Ashley Thomas, Adult Member

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Ashley Thomas
Name: Ashley Thomas
City: Lawrenceville
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 6 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Focus: Affecting the player's decision when pressure is tight, and there is no cover for the first defender.

Amount of Pressure: Two defenders - Pressure and Cover.

Type of Pressure: "Pressure" - Tight. Unable to turn and face opposition. Pressure angles body appropriately. "Cover" - Loose. Second defender does not present themselves as support for the first defender at an appropriate distance or angle. Second defender may be absent because they are assuming the ball will be played out wide.

Decisions looking to affect:

1. Ability to identify amount of pressure being applied to the ball, as the player receives it.

2. Choice to open up on the back foot - closer to the opponent, or receive the ball on the front foot to protect the ball and roll the defender.

3. Recognition of the second defender. Is the second defender in a good spot to cover the first defender if I beat him/her? If so, do I have a supporting player I can pass the ball to?

4. If the second defender is not presenting themselves as a good option of support can the player with the ball beat the defender 1v1?

5. Can I roll the defender and break the line early? If the defender covers and is coming at an angle can I use a V-Move to get into the space the defender is leaving?

Moves: (A) Inside/Outside Spin; (B) V-Move

Mentality: Option A - Go to goal. Do I have the opportunity to take a shot on goal? Can I beat the defender with my first touch? Option B - Recovering defender. Can I cut in the opposite direction and play behind the line to a player moving forward?


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Rolling the Defender / Pressuring from Behind

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Rolling the Defender / Pressuring from Behind (15 mins)

Organization:

4 Players per group

15 x 25 area

1 Ball per group (Extras off to the side)

Players broken up into groups as shown

Instructions:

Unopposed

1. Players set up as shown. Two players on the endline, and two in the center one from yellow and blue.

2. Players in the center grid work for 2 minutes and then switch with the endline players.

3. Players in the center are looking to receive the ball from the players on the opposite team positioned at the endline.

4. If yellow receives the ball from blue with pressure on his/her back, yellow will look to spin the ball inside or outside with his/her first touch to beat the defender.

5. Yellow then passes the ball to the yellow endline player and sets back to apply pressure to the blue player receiving the ball.

6. The blue player will look to drag the defender back to create space to receive the ball in and check back for the ball.

7. The defender looks to close down the space quickly, low, with knees bent and on toes, mirroring the attackers feet. Defender does not tackle yet. Focus is on Speed of approach and Body shape.

Semi-opposed

1. Same as before, however defenders will look to win the ball back pass it to their teammate on the endline or force their opponent to pass the ball back.

2. If the defender is successful in forcing their opponent to pass the ball back, he/she earns one point. After forcing the ball back the defender will switch role with their teammate on the endline.

3. Once the receiving player passes the ball back to the endline player, the endline player will look to make a long pass to the opposite endline to reset the activity and attempt to turn on the defender.

4. If the receiving player passes the ball back he/she must quickly run around an orange cone and defend the endline player who has just entered the channel and is looking to connect the two endlines.

5. If the receiving player connects the two points he/she gets a point.

6. Same scenario plays out if the defender wins possession of the ball and plays the ball back to their teammate.

Coaching Points:

1. Speed of approach - Get to the ball quickly but slow down on approach.

2. Body shape - low, knees bent and on toes, mirroring the attackers feet.

3. Mentality - Prepare for next action.

4. Mentality - Patience to win the ball.

5. Technique - Block vs. Poke tackle.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical Repetition: Unopposed (Roll / V-Move)

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Technical Repetition: Unopposed (Roll / V-Move) (20 mins)

Organization:

3-4 players per grid

1 Ball in play

Extra balls off to the side

Instructions:

1. Player A passes the ball to Player B after he/she drifts away to create space and checks back for the ball.

2. Player B receives with the front foot (furthest from the defender) and takes his/her first touch forward while shielding the defender away and using their body movement and shape to their disadvantage.

3. Player B drives across the channel to the opposite side (cone) of where they received the ball, and quickly turns with the ball to return to dribble across the endline the ball started at.

4. Progression 1 - Player B performs a V Move on his/her way back to the endline.

5. Progression 2 - On Player B turn and initial touch to take the ball back towards the endline, Player C will now look to add passive pressure by running towards the opposite (center) cone. Further progression of Semi-Opposed Pressure, Player C will look to tag Player B on the shoulder before he/she crosses the halfway line.

6. Progression 3 - Fully Opposed. Player B looks to dribble across the endline the ball started at for a point. If Player C steals the ball he/she will look to dribble across the endline the ball did not start at, for a point.

Rotation:

Player A > Player C > Player B > Player A

Coaching Points:

1. Vision - Player checking shoulders quickly before and after receiving the ball.

2. Players ability to recognize pressure (tight vs. loose)

3. Selection of foot and surface to receive the ball, based on pressure.

4. Direction of touch.

5. Player's ability to control and manipulate ball away from pressure.

6. Execution of move.

7. Execution of next action - pass/shot.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Semi-Opposed to Opposed (2v1)

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Semi-Opposed to Opposed (2v1) (20 mins)

Organization:

4 players per grid

1 Ball in play

Extra balls off to the side

Instructions:

1. Player A starts with the ball and passes it into Player B.

2. Prior to receiving the ball Player B drifts away from the ball to create space and pull the defender back, then checks back for the ball, creating space between themselves and the defender, and receives it with an open body shape on the furthest foot (front).

3. Player B will to roll Player C (the defender) with his/her touch and look to take advantage of the space by taking a shot on goal if the defender is slow to recover.

4. Based on Player B first touch Player D will move left or right to get into open space where he/she can receive it if the option to goal is not readily available.

5. If Player C does recover (on a diagonal run) in time and is able to block the option to score on goal, Player B will use the V Move to cut in the opposite direction of the defenders movement and enter the space behind him/her. Player B then can play the ball to Player D and look to score on goal.

6. If Player C (defender) does not provide tight pressure to the ball when Player B receives it, can Player B recognize the defenders positioning and open up on the back foot * reference to previous session * and take his/her first touch in behind to break the line(?). Can Player D then also recognize Player B's first touch and move into open space.

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Attackers look to score on goal. Defender looks to win the ball back and play it into Player A's feet.

Note: Players in 'Player D' position may automatically assume that Player B will always look to roll the defender and therefor move in the same direction as Player B to get into open space (assuming the outcome of where Player B's touch will take them). However, if pressure is not tight and Player B can open up on his/her first touch, Player D then does not present themselves as a good option if the movement is the same. Stress to the players that the movement in Player D's position is dictated by the first touch of Player B.

Rotation:

Player A > Player C > Player B > Player D > Player A

Coaching Points:

1. Vision - Player checking shoulders quickly before and after receiving the ball.

2. Players ability to recognize pressure (tight vs. loose)

3. Selection of foot and surface to receive the ball, based on pressure.

4. Direction of touch.

5. Player's ability to control and manipulate ball away from pressure.

6. Execution of move.

7. Execution of next action - pass/shot.

8. Second Attacker's ability to read the first touch of the First Attacker.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Free Play

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Free Play (30 mins)

Organization:

Dimensions vary based on player attendance

3v3 or 4v4s depending on the numbers

1 ball in each game; Extras on the side

Instructions:

Free play.

Can players use what we learned in practice and apply it to the game?

Coaching Points:

1. Speed of approach - Get to the ball quickly but slow down on approach.

2. Body shape - low, knees bent and on toes, mirroring the attackers feet.

3. Mentality - Prepare for next action.

4. Mentality - Patience to win the ball.

5. Technique - Block vs. Poke tackle.

6. Pressure + Cover


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