Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Zone 1 Sample Session - Play Practice Play Method

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Am-Club: Turlock Academica Jrs.

Gabriel Bolton, Adult Member

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Gabriel Bolton
Name: Gabriel Bolton
City: California
Country: United States of America
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

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This is a sample Zone 1 session in the Play Practice Play method. Notice this session also has a specific topic of Playing Out Of The Back. For this age group you should only do a topic specific session like this 1 out of every 4 sessions. You can use Play Practice Play method for all your sessions but it should be done in the context of creating a total footballer.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SSG Pickup

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SSG Pickup (15 mins)

Objective: to activate the players mentally and physically in the Play Practice Play model of training.

Organization: set up two goals and an area that will accommodate the total amount of players you believe will be at training. Here it is 8 and the area is 30x40.

Instructions: As soon as 2 players have arrived at training start playing. As players arrive add the them into the game. It is free play.

Variations: NA

Key Coaching Points:

1. This is an opportunity for the coaches to observe

2. Guided discovery is ok during this time but no correcting or commands.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 3v1 Rondo

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3v1 Rondo (15 mins)

Objective: improve our passing, receiving, movement without the ball, and positional awareness.

Organization: 3v1 in 8x8 grid.

Instructions: players keep possession in 1 or 2 touch. Focus on quality passes, receiving ball across body, movement to support.

Variations: (1) make it a competition against other grids, (2) first team to 15 consecutive passes wins.

Key Coaching Points:

1. Quality passes,

2. Receiving ball across body,

3. Movement to support the ball.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): TG - POTB 4v2

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TG - POTB 4v2 (15 mins)

Objective: improve our ability to play out of the back (POTB) in 7v7 1-3-2-1 formation.

Organization: on appropriate size field set-up one full size goal, build up line, and two counter goals. 4 players GK + 2, 4, 3. Defenders set up at the build-up line.

Instructions: play starts with a goalkick or ball from the goalkeeper's hands. Remember anytime the goalkeeper has the ball defenders must drop below the build-out line. GK distributes the ball and now we are live. The POTB team tries to score in counter goals. The defenders try to score in full size goal. Keep playing under the ball goes out of play then restart again with ball at the goalkeeper.

Variations:

Key Coaching Points:

1. Positioning of the 3, 4 and 2.

2. Players must drop behind build out line anytime the goalkeeper has the ball in her hands or on goalkicks.

3. Pass back to the goalkeeper if you need it (on pass backs defenders do not need to drop back to build out line). Goalkeeper must play the ball with her feet.

4. How do we get into supporting positions for the player that has the ball?


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): TG - POTB 6v3

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TG - POTB 6v3 (15 mins)

Objective: improve our ability to play out of the back (POTB) in 7v7 1-3-2-1 formation.

Organization: on appropriate size field set-up one full size goal, build up line, and two counter goals. 6 players GK + 2, 4, 3, 6, 8. Defenders set up at the build-up line.

Instructions: play starts with a goalkick or ball from the goalkeeper's hands. Remember anytime the goalkeeper has the ball defenders must drop below the build-out line. GK distributes the ball and now we are live. The POTB team tries to score in counter goals. The defenders try to score in full size goal. Keep playing under the ball goes out of play then restart again with ball at the goalkeeper.

Variations: (1) increase the number of defenders.

Key Coaching Points:

1. Starting positions

2. Players must drop behind build out line anytime the goalkeeper has the ball in her hands or on goalkicks.

3. Pass back to the goalkeeper if you need it (on pass backs defenders do not need to drop back to build out line). Goalkeeper must play the ball with her feet.

4. How do we get into supporting positions for the player that has the ball?

5. Players must sprint to open up for the goalkeeper anytime she has the ball.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SSG 4v4 Big Goals

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SSG 4v4 Big Goals (20 mins)

Objective: Improve our attacking shape "get big" and possession.

Organization: 20x30 yard grid with small-sided goals on each end.

Instructions: Players play 4v4 to full size goals with goalkeepers.

Variations: if you want to add passing to this exercise give 1 point for dribbling across line and 2 points for passing it to teammate who runs into endzone and controls it inside the endzone.

Key Coaching Points:

1. When you win the ball get big

2. Create a diamond shape

3. Be patient and connect passes.


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