Football/Soccer Session (Academy Sessions): POSITION-SPECIFIC POSSESSION TRANSFER GAME (Part 2)

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Jamie Edwards
Name: Jamie Edwards
City: Wappingers Falls
Country: United States of America
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): POSITION-SPECIFIC POSSESSION TRANSFER GAME

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): POSITION-SPECIFIC POSSESSION TRANSFER GAME
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POSITION-SPECIFIC POSSESSION TRANSFER GAME (40 mins)

Set Up:

This is a position-specific build-up game in which pairs of central defenders (A) try to link with central midfielders (B) and full-backs (C).

• Two teams of pressing players (X and Y) alternate on the coach’s command; this ensures that the pressing intensity remains high.

• The in-possession team attempt to retain possession and prevent the pressing players from stealing the ball. The midfield players (B) are free to move between each half of the playing area, although the full-backs (C) and central defenders (A) must remain in their halves.

• The full-backs are able to position themselves on the outside of the grid, but they can be pressed.

• The pressing players (X/Y) are allowed to defend the entire playing area.

• Should the pressing players steal possession, they must attempt to play a pass out of the grid, connecting with one of the ‘resting’ defenders. This is the cue for the coach to serve a new ball in to the in-possession team.

Aim:

An aggressive defensive transition should see the in-possession team attempt to restrict the opposition’s play to one quarter of the pitch (through quickly closing their lines) and stealing the ball before it is played from inside to out.

Coaching Points:

* Fast-paced passes to the back foot of the receiving player will allow the in-possession side to play around or through the pressing players.

• Passes played to a receiving player’s front foot might suggest the receiver needs to protect the ball and find an alternative way to play forward. The coach should encourage the use of ‘disguised passes’.


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