Football/Soccer Session (Academy Sessions): Short Press

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Benjamin Sohier, Adult Member

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Benjamin Sohier
Name: Benjamin Sohier
City: Telford
Country: United Kingdom
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer


Activity 1 – Unit press.

14 Players (including 1 GK)                       

2 x 20x30m areas

4v3 (att – def) in each area

Swap att and def after all 5 rounds.


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Screen 1 (15 mins)

Attack vs defence. (4v3 – att overload)

Time constraints. 60s, 45s, 30s, 20s, 10s.

Defenders to dispossess attackers and dribble ball through 2x outside cones

Attackers keep possession for time limit.

Rest period of 20-30s after each round due to high intensity nature


Points system to promote competition



-          Tempo

-          Aggressive and positive press

-          Directional, force certain way

-          Press as a unit

-          Effective and useful communication/information

-          Pressing, cover and balance

-          Decision making; to intercept, to jockey, to tackle, when, where, why, who, how.

-          Press as ball is in motion (nobody possess it)

-          Positivity and belief to win back

-          Vital for coach to motivate and keep high intensity. *use of hand clapping, loud and consistent communication, praise and encouragement.

-          If ball is re-possessed, ways for def to break out (counter) through cones (act. 1) 

-          Triggers – ball played backwards, poor touch/pass, opposition vulnerable, pitch position, defensive setup.

-          Commitment


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