Football/Soccer Session (Academy Sessions): 9v9 Midfielders Attacking with T2D

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Ciaran Duffy

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Ciaran Duffy
Name: Ciaran Duffy
City: Dublin
Country: Ireland
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
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Method: Coaching the blues midfielders to create good attacking combinations with their attackers in the final third. Blues play formation 1-4-3-3 (no FB's) against blacks playing 1-4-3-3 (no wingers) 

Coaching Points:

  • Opposition establish low block and deep line of engagement
  • GK starts playing out with good pass to the CD #4,6 front foot moving forward
  • 2 CB's create width to receive pass and CDM #6 drops deep to provide option
  • 2 WA's #7,11 provide width, high up pitch to pin back blue FB's
  • CA #9 provides depth, high up pitch between opposition CB's
  • CM and CAM #10,8 play high with good angle of support to create space between the lines playing on opposition shoulders


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Method: Learning Phase - Focus on good movement and creating space in the shaded area. Natural stoppages to highlight opportunities for combinations

Coaching Points:

  • CM and CAM #10,8 play high with good angle of support to create space between the lines playing on opposition shoulders
  • Quality and selection of passes
  • Good movement off the ball 
  • Third man runs without the ball beyond the striker
  • Shots on goal 
  • Balance to the attack with transition to defend 


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