Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Crossing & Finishing

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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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U11 Boys


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Soccer Tennis

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Soccer Tennis
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Soccer Tennis (20 mins)

Organisation:

10-12 Players (split into 2v2)

Area: 10x10m

8 cones, balls

Set-Up:

Soccer Tennis game - in pairs. (Rules as a guide - feel free to adapt for your players) First team to X amount of points. Can only score on own serve. Must serve with a half-volley or a throw into the other players area. Allowed a max. of 3 touches as a team, only 2 touches for any one player. Can only bounce once in your half. If a team cannot return it then the other team scores a point or gets the serve.

Coaching Points:

Good touch, use of different body parts, speed/agility, communication


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Drill: Crossing & Finishing

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Drill: Crossing & Finishing (30 mins)

Organisation:

- 8 -12 out field players plus GK.

- Use full half of pitch; mark our two areas with cones from which wingers must cross the ball.

- Place cone markers at appropriate points

Set-Up:

Combination play to goal to finish off a cross. Centre player (CM) pass out to wide player (FB) #1,they then perform a wall pass higher up the field #2/#3 with a penetrating pass in behind the opposition "fullback" #4, for wide player to move onto and deliver a cross #5. Centre player peels off around cone to time run into the box and meet the cross. Alternate going down each wing. Players rotate lines after each play. Ball is recycled by GK to awaiting centre players. Winger returns to act as centre player; centre player returns to act as winger.

Progressions/Variations:

-add a 3rd attacking player coming in from the opposite wing

-add a defender in the box

Coaching Points:

-Quality of passing, good first touch and set up play, movement off the ball and timing of runs, quality of cross and end product.

- Full back - open body position and receive ball on front foot.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): MDG: Crossing & Finishing

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MDG: Crossing & Finishing (20 mins)

Organisation

Create a pitch from 10 yards inside the half way line to the opposite goal line.

Mark out a central area running along the length of the pitch from the edge of each penalty area. Create two wide channels for use by neutral wingers each side of the central area. The two wide channels will be split into two halves.

Split players into 2 Red and 2 Blue, to be placed with in the central area.

Also, 2 neutral players to be placed in each wide channel - one in each half of each neutral channel.

Red team to be coached.

All players must remain within their designated area.

Aim

Play starts initally with the Red GK. Red GK can play ball out to any Red player. Red players must aim to create space to receive the ball - 'go to show'; 'show to go'; switch; Red players must avoid being in a straight line with each other. Red players must seek to play the ball into the wide channels, where the wingers will be unopposed. The Wingers must aim to cross the ball into the penalty area to be attacked by the red team. However, only the neutral player within the relevant half of the wide channel may cross the ball. Therefore, neutral players may pass the ball within the wide channel in order to create a crossing opportunity. Red attacking players try to score. If they score, they then seek to attack the opposite goal - with the previous two red attackers now becoming Centre Backs, and the previous Red Centre Backs now becoming attackers.

If Blue team obtain possession, then the aim of the MDG applies to them.

Coaching Points:

Effect the Attackers

Trgiggers for Attackers:

Wide player making his run to the touchline and just about to cross the ball - Striker should be deciding which run to make and start to make that run as soon as the ball leaves the wide players foot;

Whereabouts should the movement take place?

Keeping on side and from the edge of the area. Not too wide - otherwise would take the space of perhaps the opposite FB/WMF making his run. Stay within a channel the width of the penalty area.

What movement?

Can the attackers swap positions to confude the defence? One striker move towards the near goal post, other attcak the far post? How will they know which movement to follow? Communication between attackers is vital. Trigger words - 'swap'; 'you taake front'; If going for the front or near post, should they simply run direct or arc their run to cause further confusion and try to lose their marker?

What space are the attackers looking to attack?

Space around the edge of the 6 yard box?

Should entry be staggered or in unison?

Attackers need good body shape and footwork to prepare for a clean contact - and they must be strong.

Effect the Wide Players

Receive the ball on the front foot and power forward?

Overlap or underlap?

Where should the cross be from? at least inside the 18 yard box and from within the channel.

Can the wide player get to the goal line to cross?

Pull back on? if Attacker has dropped off in attempt to lose marker?

What sort of cross? lofted or driven?

Where should the ball be delivered? between the edge of the 6 yard box and the penalty spot? Behind the Defenders to allow the attackers to run onto it?

Types of Crosses

Depth of cross

Timing of Runs

Strikers readjustment

Progressions:

1. Remove the dividing line between the two halves of the wide neutral channel, so as to enable either neutral player to play any where within that channel. When the ball is played into the wide channel, can they seek to overlap/underlap with each other to create a crossing opportunity.


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