Football/Soccer Session (U9): Colts Neck U9G - Wk8 Shielding + Passing Forward/Backwards

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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
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Shielding warm up

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Shielding warm up

Organization:

Total area: 30 x 20

10 x 10 Areas per pair

2 players : 1 ball

Instructions:

1. Players are together in pairs with one ball.

2. In this diagram, the yellow player starts first with the ball. The blue player stands a yard to two away from the yellow player, facing in the opposite direction.

3. The yellow player must pass the ball in between the blue player's legs and then quickly close down the space in between.

4. The blue player must shield the yellow player away from the ball for 5 seconds in order to earn a point.

5. If the blue player is able to turn and face the yellow player (defender) he/she also earns a point.

6. After 5 seconds or a point has been earned, players switch roles.

Yellow players objective: Close down the space between him/her and the other player. Forcing the player to move backwards. Cannot allow the blue player to turn and face them.

Blue players objective: Shield the ball off the yellow player for 5 seconds, or try to turn and face the defender (if space available)

Coaching Points:

1. Body Shape - Side body shape; Using arms to feel the defender; Low center of gravity (knees bent; expand body area)

2. Approach - Creating space: movement away from the ball; Checking in: movement towards the ball; Awareness: Can we take the ball on our front/back foot depending on pressure; Ball furthest from defender, body in between.

3. Surface technique - Sole of the foot, using the foot furthest from the opposing player; Rolling with the inside or outside of the foot based on pressure.

4. Awareness - Timing and quality of pass; Timing of movement away/toward ball; Creating space; Decision making once full pressure is added (front or back foot)

5. Execution of move - Ability to hold off opposing player; Placing the ball on the furthest foot from the defender; Finding space to turn or recognizing when to use support.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Circle passing (w/shadow)

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Circle passing (w/shadow)

Organization:

30 x 30 circle (size depending on numbers)

3 Equal number of teams

1 team: Each player with a ball

Instructions:

1. As in diagram, yellow players start with the ball first. Red players shadow the yellow. Blue players are spread out around the perimeters of the circle.

2. Yellow player passes the ball into the blue players for a point.

3. The blue player returns the ball to the yellow player. Yellow player must find a new blue player to pass to.

4. (P1) Shadow defenders are live, if red touches the ball that is a point taken away from the yellow player.

5. (P2) Blue receiving player decides to either pass or dribble the ball, depending on red pressure.

Coaching Points:

1. Body Shape - Side body shape; Using arms to feel the defender; Low center of gravity (knees bent; expand body area)

2. Approach - Creating space: movement away from the ball; Checking in: movement towards the ball; Awareness: Can we take the ball on our front/back foot depending on pressure; Ball furthest from defender, body in between.

3. Surface technique - Sole of the foot, using the foot furthest from the opposing player; Rolling with the inside or outside of the foot based on pressure.

4. Awareness - Timing and quality of pass; Timing of movement away/toward ball; Creating space; Decision making once full pressure is added (front or back foot)

5. Execution of move - Ability to hold off opposing player; Placing the ball on the furthest foot from the defender; Finding space to turn or recognizing when to use support.

Progressions:

(P1) - Shadow players, defenders, are live.

(P2) - Blue receiving player decides to either pass or dribble the ball, depending on red pressure.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Pressure box

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Pressure box

Organization:

25 x 15

3 teams of 4 (or any number)

1 Ball; Extras near by

Instructions:

1. Two teams work together to move and possess the ball, while the other team, on defense, tries the steal the ball away and dribble out of bounds.

2. The objective is for the defending team to earn points by dribbling the ball out, and the two other teams must try to prevent them from scoring points.

Play for a set time, and rotate the team's responsibilities

Coaching Points:

1. Body Shape - Side body shape; Using arms to feel the defender; Low center of gravity (knees bent; expand body area)

2. Approach - Creating space: movement away from the ball; Checking in: movement towards the ball; Awareness: Can we take the ball on our front/back foot depending on pressure; Ball furthest from defender, body in between.

3. Surface technique - Sole of the foot, using the foot furthest from the opposing player; Rolling with the inside or outside of the foot based on pressure.

4. Awareness - Timing and quality of pass; Timing of movement away/toward ball; Creating space; Decision making once full pressure is added (front or back foot)

5. Execution of move - Ability to hold off opposing player; Placing the ball on the furthest foot from the defender; Finding space to turn or recognizing when to use support.

* Progression for 3 team possession *


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 2v2 / 3v3 Game

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2v2 / 3v3 Game

Organization:

30x20 yd fields

4 teams of 3, 2 fields of 3v3


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Field Set up

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Field Set up

Field Set up


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