Football/Soccer Session (U10): SSG - Collective team pressure (Start Time: 2014-03-15 22:10:00)

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Derek Evans
Name: Derek Evans
City: Cardiff
Country: United Kingdom
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Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer


SSG focusing on collective team pressure and winning the ball back quickly as a team

Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SSG

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SSG (30 mins)

SSG objectives:

Improving a teams collective pressure in an organised manner.

Objectives achievements:

Effective, collective pressure

Fast recovery of the ball once it is lost

Anticipation and interception


40 x 30 m pitch marked out

15 players (5 v 5 + 5)

Numerous balls and bibs


The players of 2 teams are within the playing area, whilst the 3rd team waits on the edge of the playing area. On command from the coach, the 3rd team enter the playing area and attempt to win the 5 balls that the other 10 players are trying to defend.

The objective of the 3rd team is to win possession of the balls, then dribble or kick the balls off the pitch.

The 10 players on the 2 teams in possession must try to keep the balls within the playing area as long as possible.

The coach is keeping time on how long it takes to eject all the balls from the playing area.

The fastest team wins!

Key coaching points:

- Before entering the playing area, have the 3rd team devised a strategy? Allow all of the teams to try and solve the problems themselves, then only offer advice after each team has had a chance to do the defending / pressure role.

- Explain how collective pressure in small groups is more effective than chasing individually

- The 2 attacking teams must be aware of space and passing the ball quickly under pressure


- After winning a ball, the defender must pass to another defender before it can be kicked out of the playing area

- Introduce neutral players to make it more difficult for the defenders to gain possession

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