Football/Soccer Session (Beginner): Combination Play

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Barry McGrellis
Name: Barry McGrellis
City: Alexandria
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 3 points
Membership: Young Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical 1

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Technical 1

Technical Phase 1

A plays to B, continues run, receives 1-2, and plays out to C. B now moves to A position and A moves to B position.

Coaching Points

- Communicate your intent. It's obvious that we want a 1-2 in the drill but won't always be obvious in games, build the habit of making your intent clear to teammates.

- Pace and accuracy of the pass. In game situations combinations are made necessary by pressure, so pass must be in to feet at pace to create a good angle (if the receiving player has to step towards ball the angle of the 1-2 becomes wider and more difficult to execute).

- Timing of run. Must be immediate, combinations must imbalance defenders so all moving parts must do so efficiently. Emphasize the next step after the pass being the one that initiates the run but be careful that players don't try to start the run and play the pass at the same time.

See next diagram for phase 2 progression.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical 2

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Technical 2 (15 mins)

Technical Phase 2

Immediately following the above, C plays pass to B who receives and opens up to play back to C who is now overlapping behind B. C receives and passes out to D. C moves to B position, B moves to C position and D begins the 1-2 sequence in the opposite direction.

Coaching Points

- Again emphasize the importance of communicating to initiate the overlap.

- Timing of the run becomes more important since the second pass will not be played across the receiver's path but out in front of them.

- Pace of the pass. Firm pass on the way in, weighted pass on the way out to ensure receiver can catch through ball.

- Also demonstrate how the reception at B creates the angle for the overlap pass, players should imagine cone is a defender, take first touch out away from defender and angle the pass in behind as shown.


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

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Conditioned Game (40 mins)

Conditioned Game

Try and make this the bulk of the session and step in at every possible teachable moment to illustrate in a game situation where opportunities for combinations exist.

Conditions

- Every player on the team must touch the ball in all 3 sections of the field before team can score.

- Team can only move from one section to the next with a pass, no dribbling across. This will encourage forward runs and deliberate attempts to find advanced space.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Scrimmage

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Scrimmage (20 mins)

Scrimmage

Coach individual players by pulling them from the game momentarily and either correcting something that may have gone wrong or reaffirming a correct decision. If a particularly good example of a combination takes place, pause the game and walk both teams through it.


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