Football/Soccer Session (Academy Sessions): Retaining Possession Under Pressure

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David Pheasey

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David Pheasey
Name: David Pheasey
City: Waterford
Country: Ireland
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm Up & Rotational Rondo

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm Up & Rotational Rondo
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Warm Up & Rotational Rondo (20 mins)

Method:

10-minute Warm-Up

Basic functional movements without the ball. Knees, Heels, etc

Move to rotational rondo. On coach call, players move to the opposition box and attempt to win the ball back. First team to 10 passes gets the point. The first team to 5 points wins.

Coaching Points:


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 1v1 + 2 Keep Ball

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 1v1 + 2 Keep Ball
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1v1 + 2 Keep Ball (10 mins)

Method:

  • Neutral player on each end - player in possession must work the ball from one end to the other.
  • Score awarded if the ball is successfully moved from one end to the other
  • The player in possession can't play the ball back in the direction it came from
  • Progress to one-touch for neutral players to increase the speed of the game

Coaching Points:

  • Players scanning before receiving the ball - aware of the movement of the defensive player
  • Body position - receiving the ball with open shoulders to see the pitch in full
  • Players should receive the ball and move it away from pressure with one touch
  • Fast movement off the ball to receive it and play forward


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 6v6+4 Rondo

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6v6+4 Rondo (15 mins)

Method:

  • 6v6+4 Rondo
  • The red team starts the practice and must keep hold of the ball while the Blue team attempts to turn posession over
  • If the Blue team turns the ball over the practice restarts with the Blue side now in possession
  • The winner is the team in possession at the end of each game
  • 3-minute games with 60-second rest

Coaching Points:

  • Continue to encourage players to scan before receiving the ball
  • Quality of passes playing to back foot to allow players move the ball easier to hold onto possession
  • Off the ball quick movements to create space and drag defending players


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Zoned 9v9 Small Sided Game

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Zoned 9v9 Small Sided Game (25 mins)

Method:

  • 9v9 zonal game. Starts with a 3v3 in one half, a 1v1 in the middle shaded area and a 4v4 in the other half.
  • In possession team - the Reds - must play through the central area before being allowed to take a shot.
  • If the opposition turns the ball over - they should play forward to score as quickly as possible.
  • When the ball goes out of play, it restarts with the team last defending

Coaching Points:

  • Movement - once a player has worked to gain space they should look to accelerate quickly with the ball to move away from pressure.
  • Players should be explosive - move the ball quickly from their feet to get passed the defender.
  • After holding the ball players should be encouraged to change the direction of the ball



Animation Controls (PCs, Macs, Laptops):

Play animation
Play step-by-step
Repeat (toggle)
Full Screen
Pause
Stop

Back/Forward: Drag timeline button