Football/Soccer Session (Academy Sessions): counter attack session 1

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Ryan Foster
Name: Ryan Foster
City: Dublin
Country: Ireland
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): rondo warm up

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): rondo warm up
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rondo warm up

Method: 1.To begin, each grid plays 5v3 rondo, defenders change evry 45 seconds.

2. 5v3 again but only one zone at a time to being with, if one of the 3 defenders win the ball, they can play a through ball to a runner from the opposite zone (defender) to run through on goal unooposed with aim to score.

3. Same scenario as no 2, when defender makes run to go score, he can be followed to play 1v1 with aim to score quickly.

Coaching Points: Decision making/speed of thought, communication, quality of pass, accuracy of shot, timing of runs.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): counter attack practice

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counter attack practice

Method: To begin, each team plays 3v3 with overall aim to score. One team will remain as attacking team for 3 minutes before changing. Attacking team look to attack as normal. If defending team wins the ball back, they should look to play forward quickly to one of 2 players who can enter the play for the middle zone box. Play then becomes 5v3 with the aim to score on the counter attack quickly.

Coaching Points: Counter attack quickly - tempo to stretch the opposition, creativity - encourage players to be creative on the ball, communication, forward runs - look to always play forward when opposition is unbalanced.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): small sided game

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small sided game

Method: Pitch is divided into 3 zones, middle x=zone allows attacking team to overload defending team 2v1 - players in this zone can drive into play to create overloads in their attacking third. Defending team must defend as normal, when they win the ball back, they should look to play forward quickly into their striker to start counter attack with overall aim to score. 

Coaching Points: width and depth, attack at pace when opposition is unbalanced, commit numbers forward quickly, be direct in play, forward thinking/creative, options ahead of the ball - movement to receive/ create space to run into.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 9v9 game

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9v9 game

Method: Pitch split into zones to create offside lines for both teams. Defending team defend as normal. When they win the ball back, they should look to play forward quickly to stretch the opposition with the main objective to score. 

Coaching Points: attack quickly - be direct when possible, be creative on the ball & make positive runs, movements to create space to run into, foward runs with and without the ball, commit numbers to join the counter attack. 


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