Football/Soccer Session (Academy Sessions): Pressing in the middle third - Small sided games.

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Ayodeji Ogunlade, Adult Member

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Ayodeji Ogunlade
Name: Ayodeji Ogunlade
City: Hamilton, New Jersey
Country: United States of America
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

1. Recognizing pressing cues and triggers.

2. Starting positions to bait passes to CBs and FBs.

3. Pressing as a team to regain possession.

4. Counter attacking.

5. Finishing off scoring chances.

6. Dealing with long balls.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical Warmup (15 mins)

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Technical Warmup (15 mins)

Organization:

Set up as shown.

Instructions:

1. The players are divided into three teams i.e. reds, blues and yellows.

2. At the start of the exercise, reds would be starting as the defending team inside the blues grid, they will look to win possession and quickly transfer the ball into their own grid and look to keep possession there.

3. Blues would be looking to keep possession inside their grid and use yellows as bounce players on the outside of the grid to make it a 7v4 game against reds.

4. The yellow nuetrals both on the endlines and side lines are only allowed to move in the directions as shown and are not allowed inside the playing area, they are restricted to two touches.

5. Every time a team in possession connects 5 passes they would get a point.

6. First team to five points wins with winners stays on to play while losers switches with the nuetrals

Defending Coaching Points:

1. Recognizing pressing cues and triggers.

2. Focus and mentality to press.

3. Quick reaction to press.

4. Angle of approach i.e. sideways to kill a passing lane and make the play predictable.

5. Communication.

7. Quick transition from defending to attacking.

Attacking coaching points:

1. Speed of play.

2. Weight and accuracy of passes.

3. Movements on and off the ball i.e. movement to create space, movement to receive the ball, movement away from defender(s).

4. Quick passing combinations to score points.

5. Switching play.

6. Quick transition from attacking to defending upon losing possession.


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

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Individual Development (20 mins)

Organization:

Set up as shown.

Instructions:

1. At the start of the exercise, reds would be starting as the defending team while yellows and blues starts as the attacking team.

2. The reds will send in two defenders from the middle grid into the end grid, the two defenders will look to win possession and quickly transfer the ball to the other two reds in the middle grid or they can also pass the ball into the blues in the other grid.

3. The two red defenders in the middle grid are looking to block passes that are being played through by the attacking teams.

4. The attacking teams are limited to two-three touches and have to complete 5 passes before looking to switch play. When switching play, they can only play the ball accross into the opposition grid on the ground.

5. Once the defending team wins possession of the ball, they switch roles with the attacking team that gave the ball away.

Defending Coaching Points:

1. Recognising when to go fast and slow down when applying pressure i.e. acceleration and deceleration.

2. Recognising when to run though an attacker.

3. Shape of press to force play into where we have numbers.

4. Angle of approach i.e. sideways to kill a passing lane and make the play predictable.

5. Good positioning of the defenders in the middle grid to provide cover and balance.

6. Communication.

Attacking coaching points:

1. Speed of play.

2. Weight and accuracy of passes.

3. Movements on and off the ball i.e. movement to create space, movement to receive the ball, movement away from defender(s).

4. Quick passing combinations to switch play.

5. Quick transition from attacking to defending upon losing possession.

Progression:

1. One player from the attacking team can drop into the middle zone to receive and combine to play into the other attacking's team grid.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Group Development (25 mins)

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Group Development (25 mins)

Organization:

Set up as shown.

Instructions:

1. At the start of the exercise, reds would be starting as the defending team while the blues starts as the attacking team.

2. Once the coach serves the ball to the the blues, the reds will send in two defenders from the middle grid into the blues grid. The two defenders will look to pressure and cover to force play onto one side of the grid, if they win possession they can quickly score in the counter goals.

3. The blues are looking to connect 5 passes before looking to advance the ball into the opposition half or they can also connect with the two blue players that are placed in middle grid before progressing into the blue half.

4. Whenever possession is won inside own half, the team in possession has to make 5 passes before they can look to break forward and advance into the opposition half. They must have at least two players in the middle grid when they are in possession inside opposition half.

5. Both keeper sweeper must step up and play higher when possession is in the opposition half, however whenever the ball is inside their half they have to play behind the end line.

6. The coach also add different varitions to start and restart positions.

Defending Coaching Points:

1. Previous coaching points whenever applicable.

2. Defending principles - Pressure, cover, balance, delay and compactness.

3. Organization of the second line of press.

4. Retreat and recover in identified situations when the press is broken.

5. Quick transitions.

Attacking coaching points:

1. Speed of play.

2. Weight and accuracy of passes.

3. Movements on and off the ball i.e. movement to create space, movement to receive the ball, movement away from defender(s).

4. Quick passing combinations to switch play.

5. Quick transition from attacking to defending upon losing possession.

6. Finish off scoring chances.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Small Sided Game (30 mins)

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Small Sided Game (30 mins)

Organization:

Setup as shown above.

Instructions:

1. The reds would look to work on pressing in the middle third of the field while the blues would look to patiently build up play inside their defensive third and break opposition pressure.

2. Reds pressing team tries to score in the main goal while the blues are looking to score in the gates by either dribbling through the gates or passing the ball through the gates with a team mate receiving it behind.

3. It's very important that the pressing team understands their positioning and have to be very organized as they're pressing in a mid-block up and leaving some spaces behind.

4. Whenever the blue team manages to score through the gates, that means the pressure from the red team wasn't good enough as they are allowed to come out of pressure.

5. Blues would be given some freedom to play long balls over the press in identified situations.

Game Scenario:

Final game of the season: Reds (Liverpool) vs Blues (Man City).

Reds (Liverpool) needs a draw from the game to become premier league champions for the first time in 30 years while Blues (Man City) are leading 2-0 against Reds, they need to win by 4 clear goals to finish as premier league champions and ensure that outsiders (Chelsea and Spurs) doesn't have the chance to claim the title as well.

Defending Coaching Points:

1. Be organized by starting in the right positions i.e. pressure the player with the ball, cover and balance.

2. Keep opposition in quarter of the pitch and make opposition play predictable.

3. Striker should always look to initiate the press and cut off back passes to GK or CBs.

4. Always press in the identified situations and make it compact both vertically and horizontally.

5. After regaining possession, counter attack quickly to score.

6. If counter attack isn't on, can we keep possession and then look to penetrate again?

7. Retreat and recover in identified situations when the press is broken.

8. Be ready to deal with long balls when opposition plays over pressure.

Attacking coaching points:

1. Spread out.

2. Utilize space and triangulate to create passing options.

3. Speed of play i.e. move the ball quickly to unbalance the pressing team and break lines.

4. What do we do if we can't play through or around?

5. What if opposition are leaving too much space behind?


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