Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Functional Midfielders

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Jeff Carroll
Name: Jeff Carroll
City: Thornton
Country: United States of America
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical Activation MF Warm up

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical Activation MF Warm up
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Technical Activation MF Warm up

PERIODIZATION - Each player from groups of 4 goes 2 times at 60 seconds of work = (4 players x 2 rotations x 60 Seconds plus instruction and rest/rotation moments) = 10-12 Minutes

Players in groups of 4 or so with Different Ideas based on Cone colors or Numbers if needed Encourage players to be checking shoulders consistently, correctly, realistically, but also sharp in their passing, dribbling, turning and combining. 

1 Server - 1 CM Worker - 2 Combo teammates

On Green Call - Drive at triangle quick Scissors / Step-over / Matthews / Whatever Move and then turn play back to server and reset - 4-5 yard dribble to triangle

On Blue Call - Open up back foot - Play into Combo Teammate and Sprint Around as they lay back into the grid... Recover ASAP and play again (tight pass, quick reaction, quick sprint 3 yards or so) 

On Yellow Call - 3 Touch Turn Pass and then "bounce/check" oposite side and receive on a half turn (alternate feet and use both)

CP - Check Shoulders, Look around, Plan ahead

CP - Bounce in your step Hips and Footwork for being Ready to play 

CP - Server needs to be Sharp and Call colors realistic timing (early but not too early - Challenge but not too much challenge) 

CP - Quality turn, quality touch, quality pass - DETAILS and FOCUS 

CP - Speed of Play  -  Quickness of Decisions and Actions WITH QUALITY


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Diamond Pattern Warm Up

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Diamond Pattern Warm Up

20 Yards Long by 10 Yards wide (Playing In Diamond and sharp passing Actions)

Pass and Follow Simple 


PERIODIZATION - Pattern each direction Left and then right for 2+ minutes each = (3 patterns x 2+ minutes x 2 directions plus instruction and rest moments) = 15 Minutes

(A) TWO BALLS

Movement to pop open and Receive on the back foot - Receive and Play 

(B) TWO BALLS

Movement toward the Initial Passer for a Set Pass - Lay off and Spin out then Long into Target or Attacking Mid ((Example 6-8-6-10 (combine 10-8)))

(C) ONE BALL

Movement toward Initial Passer for Set Pass - Lay off and Spin out then opposite Midfielder (8) to play into the diagonal run of the lay off Midfielder ((Example 6-8R-6-8L-8R-10)).

Midfielders are involved in 2 patterns before moving on (opposite side bounce) and then (their side spin and go)

CP - Realistic Movements and Timing 

CP - Body Shape and Mechanics in movement (Allow Vision / Awareness) 

CP - Crisp (Ping) sharp Passing - SPEED OF PLAY / TEMPO

CP - Never Standing - Always thinging about space to receive and space to move into 

CP - Complimentary Movements - Create to get into


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

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4v2 - LONG

PERIODIZATION - Each Pair from groups of 6 going 2 times as defenders 90 Seconds of work = (3 partnerships x 2 rotations in Defense x 90 Seconds plus instruction and rest/rotation moments) = 15 Minutes (rest 45-60 between rounds with instruction)

4v2 (long) game with same spacing as the previous passing Pattern Grids. Players Play for 60-90 seconds each round and rotate back to their teams. If 3 groups of 4 or 4 groups of 4 you should just rotate defenders over and back from their teams of 6. 

Players should look to move the ball quickly and sharply against 2 devenders with the movements and patetrns (plus others) to get the ball from bumper to bumper (6-10) or (6-9) while maintaining good possession and control. Break lines on the touch (Wide / 8s) Break lines on the pass (Central / 6s) Always thinking about passing angles in our support and movement. 

CP - Through - Around - Keep 

CP - A, B, Cs of possession (A-Angle of Support) (B-BodyShape/Mechanics) (C-Communication Verbal and visual)

CP - Ideas before you need them - Plan ahead and Shift defenders with player and ball movements 

CP - Always active - Always connected as a Unit

CP - Complimentary Movements 

CP - Quality / Sharpness / Tempo control


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