Football/Soccer Session (Academy Sessions): Switching Play

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Benjamin Sohier

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


MDG Central Practice

Full 9 a side pitch

2 teams (7v7, 8v8, 9v9) Red v Blue

Setup central box (20x30) in CM area

2 GK

Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Screen 1

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Screen 1 (25 mins)

Both teams set-up in a 1-3-4-1

2 CM from each team inside box

                   Other player setup normally.

                   Ball starts with any GK, play into CB.

                   Attacking must play into CM, then can they score?

                   Unopposed in central box

                   Maintain zoned space creation.

                   Can CMs combine?

                   If they score, keep possession from GK and attack other way.

                   If defending win possession, can they score? (CM involved)

                   Progression(s) – 1. Remove box. 2. If CM involved or switch of play, double points.


-       Spatial awareness of team-mates, space and ball

-       High tempo passing

-       Movement off the ball sharp and decisive

-       Quality of pass

-       Quality of first touch

-       Spread the play/pitch

-       Effective and informative communication

-       Incisive passing

-       Unlimited touches to begin with. Possibly limit playmaker to create the 2-3 touch turn and play midfield role.

-       Can playmakers enter a box to create an attacking overload?

-       Movement off the ball – vital

-       Create space and time for yourself

-       Create good passing lines

-       Pass execution

-       Sharp – high tempo

-       Communication – good info

-       Varied passing

-       Empthasis on offensive-defensive transition

-       First touch

-       Play away from danger and compactness

-       Switch of play

-       Left to right

-       Patient

-       Keep structure and shape 

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