Football/Soccer Session (U11): Receiving On The Back Foot

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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): Warm Up

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm Up
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Warm Up (10 mins)

Organization:

Pairs with a ball.

Instructions:

Players stand 8-12 yards apart. Two-touch pass/receive, coach calls out pattern of touches, anyone caught not doing what coach wants does 10 push-ups.

(1) Inside foot only. Pass right, receive left. Then vice versa. (Aka "box passing")

(2) Inside foot only. Pass right, receive right. Then other foot. (Aka "X-passing")

(3) Receive inside right, pass outside right. Then other foot.

(4) Lofted ball, settle.

(5) One touch.

Coaching Points:

On your toes to receive

Get in line with the ball

Positive first touch

Head up to observe target

Cushion touch to maintain possession inside the receiving area

Progressions:

Add scoring. Pairs work together to get as many properly executed passes in a minute. Advance up/down the ladder each round based on score.

Combine into groups of four for passing sequences: Pass and follow; short-short-long; etc.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical

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Technical

Organization:

4-6 players in the center by the big cone. One ball. Use small cones to make four 3yd gates, as shown.

Instructions:

First player dribbles wide to start the drill. Second player checks out to receive a pass through the gate. Next player checks out 90 degrees onward to receive a pass through the next gate. Etc. After receiving/passing players return to the middle cone and await their next turn to check and receive.

Coaching Points:

-Check wide to create the space.

-Timing: when to check?

-Call/point for the ball.

-On your toes to receive.

-Body in line with the pass.

-Open body shape

-Two touches: Receive on back foot, play with the inside of other foot

-After pass is made from server, check your shoulder to look upfield (i.e. HEAD ON A SWIVEL)

Progressions:

-Check closer to the gate to play a quick double pass with the passer, then back-pedal and open up to receive the longer pass.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Four box game

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Four box game (20 mins)

Organization:

25x25 square. 4v4+2. 5yd boxes marked out in each corner.

Instructions:

The objective is to work the ball into a box for a point. Once you have scored in a box you must move to a new box. The game is live the whole time, no stoppages after a score.

(1) You score by dribbling into the box. (This is a more suitable starting point for younger ages.)

(2) P - First touch has to take you out of the box.

(3) P - Two players have to take a touch in the box. (This should encourage quick one-twos in the corners.)

(4) P - Balls in the air. Use blue cones to add a 3yd "lava zone" around each box. Balls can't touch down in the lava zone on their way into the box, a pass must be made in the air. (Balls can touch the lava zone on their way out of the box so that receivers can play to ground.)

Coaching Points:

Movement off the ball

Angles of support

Body open to see as much of the field as possible

(1)

Attack the space

Balls into space vs to feet

Runs in behind

(2)

Open body shape

Receive on back foot

Positive first touch

(3)

Look for the quick one-two

Timing of support runs

(4)

Look for the long change over the top


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

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3v2 (20 mins)

Organization:

-15 x 30 grid,

-4 goals setup as shown (if 4 goals not available, set up gates instead).

-2 players from each team inside of the grid, with one neutral inside grid as well

Instructions:

Teams look to score in 1 of the 2 goals in the direction that they playing.

**if gates are being used, players must dribble through gate**

Coaching Points:

Cues to provide support and width from players off the ball

Movement of the players on the end line to provide depth and support

Body shape when receiving the ball to be able to play quickly

Recognition of moments when you are looking to switch (concentration of defense, numbers up vs numbers down)

Progressions:


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

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Free Play (30 mins)

Organization: 3v3, 4v4, or full field.

Instructions: Free play Tournement

Coaching Points:

Minimal coaching let games flow.


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