Football/Soccer Session (U9): Change of Direction

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Brittain Wagner, Adult Member

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Brittain Wagner
Name: Brittain Wagner
City: Summit
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 1 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical

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

Organization:

Set up as shown

Instructions:

Two lines dribbling to opposite cones in the middle. Use the cone as a guide for when to do your change of direction.

L turn, V Turn, Maradona, Ronaldo Chop.

After two minutes, switch and go in the other direction to work on both feet.

Coaching Points:

Decision of when to perform the turn.

Quality of change of direction

Push the ball out of feet to prepare for pass/dribble after the move

Head up before and after the move

Can you do it without looking at the ball

Progressions:

P - coach stands on cone to add some pressure

R - inside cut/ outside cut.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Semi Opposed

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Semi Opposed (30 mins)

Organization:

Set up as shown.

Instructions:

Player A starts the game and gets a point for getting through a gate - doesn't matter which one.

Player B goes the second Player A goes through a gate. Player A has to recover and TAG player B before he/she gets through a gate.

Player C begins when Player B gets through a gate or is tagged.

Keep alternating - first team to ten points wins.

Coaching Points:

Moment of transition

Speed of play

When to change direction (notice position of defender)

Short choppy steps to change direction quickly

Use of body shape/angle to fake/feint

Acceleration after the change of direction

Progressions:


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Semi-opposed (Advanced)

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Semi-opposed (Advanced) (20 mins)

Organization:

As above

Instructions:

Player with ball passes across to player on far side and then becomes a passive defender. Receiving player takes a touch out of their feet and chooses which way to go (left or right). Defender shadows that way and blocks the passing channel. Attacker must perform change of direction to open up the passing channel. Player then plays into target and process repeats.

Coaching Points:

- Communication and quality of pass across

- Touch out of feet to open up passing lane into target player

- Defender applying correct pressure to paint the correct pictures (low then high)

- Recognise lane is shut, use a V to change direction (Quality of V or maradona turn)

- End product (pass)

Progression:

P - practice move under high pressure and low pressure (differentiate between V move or maradona)

- Defender is now live. Keep score and play a competition in each group.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Fully Opposed

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Fully Opposed (30 mins)

Organization:

Same setup as before

Instructions:

Same game as before - only allowed to score once in the end zone.

Next player goes when the ball is in the net or out of play.

Defender can tackle. Attacker can go and score if defender forgets their role.

Coaching Points:

When to drive into space v. change direction

Application of change of direction move

Dribble with pace

Head up to assess options

Acceleration after the move

Progressions:


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Fully Opposed (Advanced)

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Fully Opposed (Advanced) (20 mins)

Organization:

Set up as shown. Two lines.

Instructions:

A passes to B who takes a touch out of his feet to find C (who can move on the end line to receive it).

1. If A blocks off the pass, change direction to find another passing channel (C is always moving on the end line)

2. If A blocks off the pass again and the pressure is tight - can you beat him with the dribble

Rules: you can only pass to the target in the first box. Once in the second box, you're looking to dribble.

Coaching Points:

Get the ball out of your feet and look forward first

Difference between V turn and Maradona turn

Speed of turn and dribble

Head up before and after each change of direction

Movement of target player

Progressions:

P - competition between channels (send a defender from different channels)

R - defender is semi-opposed (just blocking passing lanes)


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

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Conditioned Game (30 mins)

Organization:

Regular rules, two goals on either end. Middle line marked out by cones or natural line

Instructions:

The team in possession must have the ball in both halves before they can score. If they lose it or a defender touches it, the rule starts again.

Coaching Points:

Identification of open space/goal

Speed of dribble/penetration

Quality of change of direction

Acceleration after the move

Progressions:


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Small Sided Game

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Small Sided Game (30 mins)

Organization:

3v3 game - 3 teams - Winners stay on

PUGG Goals set up in each corner - encouraging change of direction if one route is closed off

Coaching Points:

- When to use which moves based on the defender's position.

- Which areas of the field to use a change of direction in and when.


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