Football/Soccer Session (Mixed age): Positive First Touch - Lesson 1/2

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Brad Wolchansky , Adult Member

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Brad Wolchansky
Name: Brad Wolchansky
City: Brooklyn
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 1 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warmup

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warmup
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Warmup (15 mins)

Organization:

1. Size of the center circle set up as shown (can also set it up as a square)

2. 12 players (8 Servers, 4 Receivers) set up as shown

3. 8 balls (Additional around the outside)

Instructions:

1. Players on the outside of the circle start with the ball and play a double pass with players inside the circle

2. Ask the players to receive the ball with the inside part of the foot, one touch to receive, one touch to pass back.

3. Once they make a double pass, run as close as they can to the center cone and find a new partner to make a double pass

Coaching Points:

1. Get in line with the ball

2. Select appropriate surface to receive: inside of foot

3. Withdraw surface on impact

4. Arms out for balance and to feel for defenders

5. COMMUNICATE! Call for the ball, point to where you want the pass

Progressions:

1. P - Ask inside players to pass back to either left or right of servers to make controlling more difficult

2. P - Inside players receive to turn and find a new server to pass to.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Main theme 1

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Main theme 1 (15 mins)

Organization:

1. 10x10 boxes with two 2yd gates set up in the corners of each box.

2. Groups of 4 set up as shown

3. Two balls per group, extras around outside.

Instructions:

1. Player with ball plays pass across to opposite corner.

2. Receiving player takes a touch towards either gate and dribbles through it.

3. Passer runs through the opposite gate, then to center cone (back of receiving line).

4. Round 1 - open to the closest gate with the inside of the foot (touch away from body).

5. Round 2 - take touch across the body to the farthest gate with the inside of the foot.

6. Move to first progression after round 2.

Coaching Points:

1. Communication - verbal - call for the ball.

2. Communication - non-verbal - point to desired foot.

3. Move to get in line with the ball, avoid reaching/lunging.

4. Select appropriate/desired surface.

5. Positive first touch - big touch into space.

6. Pick head up as ball is played out of feet.

7. Acceleration into space as ball is out of feet.

Progressions:

1. Passer waits until attacker takes touch, then it's a race to opposing gates.

2. Passer immediately runs to one gate, attacker must observe this and go to opposite gate.

3. Replace gates with goals (see A). Passer follows pass to defend, attacker can score in either goal. First player to 5 wins.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Main theme 2

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Main theme 2 (15 mins)

Organization:

10 x 10 box. 2 yard gates.

Instructions:

- Four players, one in each corner. Keep ball on the outide of the square. Maximum of two touches.

- Players are to receive the ball on the back foot and to break the line of cones to keep momentum moving forward.

- When passing to the right, first touch should break line of red cones. Left...yellow.

- Make it a competition, each box of players is a team: 1 point for each successful pass received that breaks the line of cones, most points in a minute wins.

Coaching Points:

- Two touches (speed of play)

- As the ball travels: Check away to open up body position to receive on the back foot.

- Positive first touch to break the line.

Movement:

- passing player checks in to support.

- receiving player checks away to receive ball on the back foot.

Progressions:

Introduce defenders: with multiple squares each box is a team, number players in each box 1-4. Coach calls out a number, that player runs into the other box to defend. Three remaining players pass around the box making sure to move across as needed to provide support (i.e. two passing options). First defender to intercept the ball wins a point for their team.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 1v1 Conditioned Game

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1v1 Conditioned Game (15 mins)

Organization:

1. 20x10 areas with 4yd endzones in front of each goal.

2. Groups of 3 set up as shown.

3. Center line for each activity has a ball each.

4. Extra balls in center.

Instructions:

1. Player with ball passes to waiting player to begin activity then defends.

2. Receiving player takes touch towards either direction and tries to score any time after first touch.

3. Defending player cannot move until the ball has reached the receiving player.

4. Scoring: 1pt for scoring from central area, 2pts for scoring in shaded area in front of goal.

5. Encourage players to attack the space with their first touch (go for two points).

Coaching Points:

1. All previous points.

2. Observe the position of the defender to determine the space to take the touch into.

3. Disguise the direction of the first touch.

4. Use first touch to set up next action (i.e. a pass into the goal).

Progressions:

1. Defender can start to close down the ball as soon as he releases the pass.

2. Defender can look to score if he steals the ball and it remains in play.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Conditioned Game

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Conditioned Game (30 mins)

Organization:

1. 30x20 fields.

2. Teams of 3 or 4 (depending on numbers).

Instructions:

1. Three touch maximum.

2. Restarts: kick-in or dribble in from side.

3. No corners. Start from own goal if ball goes out for corner.

Coaching Points:

1. Head up to observe space.

2. Know your next objective.

3. Positive first touch

4. Ability to take touch away from pressure, into space.

5. Application of techniques taught in training.

Progressions:

- Two-touch maximum

- After 10 minutes open game to free play (i.e. unlimited touches).


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