Football/Soccer Session (Academy Sessions): Pressing from the front (Start Time: 2024-01-15 20:00:00)

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Ciaran Carmichael

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Ciaran Carmichael
Name: Ciaran Carmichael
City: Glasgow
Country: United Kingdom
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
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Description

Objective of the session to coach high pressing principles. This should be principle-based rather than electing a man-marking type strategy or players to be given specific roles. Main principles:

  • Compact horizontally and vertically (play around us not through)
  • Pressure and cover
  • Aggressive high-line 
  • Recover / double-press when unit lines broken
  • Patience and discipline 

We want to press from the front to regain as high up the pitch as possible, creating more chances in dangerous areas and take control of the game.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 2 vs 2s mini goal game

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2 vs 2s mini goal game (15 mins)

Set up

  • Two areas of roughly 20 x 30 yards
  • Mini goals at either side (or large cones or poles)
  • Teams split into four team diagonally opposite as shown
  • Balls loaded at one corner of each area

Instructions 

  • Red team plays diagonal pass to blue team
  • Blue team aim to score into opposite mini goal
  • Red team out to press and prevent blue team from scoring
  • One point for goal
  • One point for winning possession and putting out of play
  • Two points for winning possession and scoring in opposite goal  

Coaching points

  • Delay
  • Deny
  • Divert
  • Pressure and cover
  • Protect the middle / goal

Progressions / adaptations

  • Make area larger 
  • Limit touches
  • Go to 3 vs 3 if needed


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Three zone possession transfer game

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Three zone possession transfer game (20 mins)

Set up

  • 30 x 40 yard area split into 2 x 30 x 16 yard areas on outside with 30 x 8 yard area in middle. Mark out using flat markers
  • Split teams equally

Instructions

  • In possession (blue) complete set number of passes (3-5) before transferring to opposite zone (to yellows)
  • If those pressing win possession (reds), they transfer to opposite side (yellows) and blues are now team out of possession
  • Limit number of players that can press in blue zone
  • Can alter total players and playing area

Coaching points

Out of possession

  • Move as a unit
  • Compact
  • Speed and intensity of press
  • Set traps
  • Look for triggers to press (e.g., poor pass, hesitation)
  • Scanning and awareness
  • Communication and key words
  • Discipline and patience

In possession:

  • Create overloads
  • Third man combinations
  • Ball control 
  • Aggressive defensive transition
  • Receiving skills
  • Ball speed, back foot, body shape, break lines
  • Opposites
  • Communication and awareness

Progressions / adaptations

  • Remove pass restrictions
  • Remove limits on how many can press
  • Limit touches

Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Press to counter game-related practice

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Press to counter game-related practice (20 mins)

Set up

  • Three equal teams plus GK
  • Mark out area using markers / cones, creating middle section

Instructions

  • Ball starts with GK who passes to blue teammate
  • Blues attempt to pass ball to green team and then to green team GK for one point
  • Yellow team shuffle across and send 1-2 players in to press
  • If yellow team wins possession, they quickly counter and try to score
  • If the yellow team score, the team they score against is now out of possession and play will restart from opposite end

Coaching points

Out of possession

  • Move as a unit
  • Compact
  • Speed and intensity of press
  • Set traps
  • Look for triggers to press (e.g., poor pass, hesitation)
  • Scanning and awareness
  • Communication and key words
  • Discipline and patience

In possession:

  • Create overloads
  • Third man combinations
  • Ball control
  • Aggressive defensive transition
  • Receiving skills
  • Ball speed, back foot, body shape, break lines
  • Opposites
  • Communication and awareness

Progressions / adaptations

  • Remove limits on how many can press
  • Limit touches
  • Must score within ten seconds of winning possession

Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Final third pressing practice

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Final third pressing practice (20 mins)

Set up

  • Set up as an 11 vs 11 game if possible
  • If not available, use as many of the starting 11 as possible / sensible
  • Two mini goals on halfway line
  • Balls loaded into main goal

Instructions

  • Play builds from the back where in possession team aim to score into mini goals using any pattern
  • Pressing team look to win ball as high up the pitch and score into 11s goal

Coaching points

Out of possession

  • Move as a unit
  • Compact horizontally and vertically
  • Pressure and cover
  • Stand ball side, goal side to intercept
  • Recover and track back / double press if unit line broken
  • Try to lock out play on one side (e.g., role of 7 and 9)
  • Speed and intensity of press
  • Set traps
  • Look for triggers to press (e.g., poor pass, hesitation)
  • Scanning and awareness to block passing lines
  • Communication and key words
  • Discipline and patience

Progressions / adaptations

  • Walk through practice as needed to put across key points
  • Score within 10 seconds of regain

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