Football/Soccer Session (Academy Sessions): General Handling Session integrating Final Third

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Rob Bailey

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Rob Bailey
Name: Rob Bailey
City: CAERPHILLY
Country: United Kingdom
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical Session

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Technical Session (20 mins)

Key Factors

  • Focus on the players stance and set position 
  • Head steady and eyes fixed on the ball
  • On the balls of feet, weight slightly forward
  • Use correct handling technique (W, scoop etc)

Mechanics

  • Chest and above - the 'W' - thumbs together, W shape of thumb and forefingers, rest of fingers spread to surround the ball, eyes fixed on the ball, elbows bent slightly to act as suspension and weight slightly forwards.
  • Chest to knees - the 'Cup' - little fingers together, palm of hands facing out, fingers spread apart to surround the ball, body shape arched over ball slightly to help cup the ball into body and weight slightly forwards.
  • Knees to floor - the 'Scoop' - feet together, bend at the hips, little fingers together, palms showing towards the ball and fingers spread around the ball OR
  • Knees to floor - the 'Long Barrier' - move into line of the ball, get sideways to the ball and kneel, creating a barrier with no gap between your knee and heel, both legs to be making a wall against the ball, no heel should be pointing towards the goal, keeping eye on ball, little fingers together, palms showing towards the ball, fingers spread to surround the ball, weight slightly forward and when dealing with a fierce shot or cross the GK should fall onto the ball when collecting.

Organisation

  • Coaching position should in between servers initially to allow for observation of technique, feedback is positive and concurrent with use of how and what questions.
  • GK, two server GK and a square in the middle are marked out by red cones, which also provide a geography reference for the GK in goal. For example, there is a red cone marking between the ball and furthest post on both sides so server GKs can switch later on, and then 2 cones on the goal line same width as the cones in front. 
  • Ball is volleyed at the GK nose to control the service and the type of catch before progressing to aiming for the belly button then the ankles before allowing the server to vary delivery.
  • After GK has completed the first save and distributed back to server (no time limit so GK work at own pace), GK now retreats to centre of goal and towards goal line picking up a realistic position for where the ball is served from. Service is again controlled in the same order as first save - cones are references for GK for angles and narrow target for servers.

Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Skill Session

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Skill Session (10 mins)

Key Factors

    • Focus on the players stance and set position
    • Head steady and eyes fixed on the ball
    • On the balls of feet, weight slightly forward
    • Use correct handling technique (W, scoop etc)

    Mechanics

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    • hest and above
    • - the 'W' - thumbs together, W shape of thumb and forefingers, rest of fingers spread to surround the ball, eyes fixed on the ball, elbows bent slightly to act as suspension and weight slightly forwards.

    • Chest to knees
    • - the 'Cup' - little fingers together, palm of hands facing out, fingers spread apart to surround the ball, body shape arched over ball slightly to help cup the ball into body and weight slightly forwards.
    • Knees to floor
    • - the 'Scoop' - feet together, bend at the hips, little fingers together, palms showing towards the ball and fingers spread around the ball
    • OR
    • Knees to floor - the 'Long Barrier' - move into line of the ball, get sideways to the ball and kneel, creating a barrier with no gap between your knee and heel, both legs to be making a wall against the ball, no heel should be pointing towards the goal, keeping eye on ball, little fingers together, palms showing towards the ball, fingers spread to surround the ball, weight slightly forward and when dealing with a fierce shot or cross the GK should fall onto the ball when collecting.

Organisation

  • Coaching position should in between servers initially to allow for observation of technique, feedback is positive and concurrent with use of how and what questions. 
  • Ball is served from the side (12 yds from goal), recreating a cut back in a game towards the striker (9 yds from goal) who side foots the ball aiming for:
  • first between the GK legs  - to work on dealing with shots along the floor
  • secondly aiming for stomach - to work on dealing with shots around mid height
  • thirdly aiming for the nose - to work on dealing with higher shots
  • Pole in the middle is to make the goal smaller, and keep all shots within stepping distance for the GK so no diving.

Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Skill Session (cont)

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Skill Session (cont) (10 mins)

Key Factors

  • Focus on the players stance and set position
  • Head steady and eyes fixed on the ball
  • On the balls of feet, weight slightly forward
  • Use correct handling technique (W, scoop etc)

Mechanics

  • Chest and above - the 'W' - thumbs together, W shape of thumb and forefingers, rest of fingers spread to surround the ball, eyes fixed on the ball, elbows bent slightly to act as suspension and weight slightly forwards.
  • Chest to knees - the 'Cup' - little fingers together, palm of hands facing out, fingers spread apart to surround the ball, body shape arched over ball slightly to help cup the ball into body and weight slightly forwards.
  • Knees to floor - the 'Scoop' - feet together, bend at the hips, little fingers together, palms showing towards the ball and fingers spread around the ball OR
  • Knees to floor - the 'Long Barrier' - move into line of the ball, get sideways to the ball and kneel, creating a barrier with no gap between your knee and heel, both legs to be making a wall against the ball, no heel should be pointing towards the goal, keeping eye on ball, little fingers together, palms showing towards the ball, fingers spread to surround the ball, weight slightly forward and when dealing with a fierce shot or cross the GK should fall onto the ball when collecting.

Organisation

  • Coaching position should in between servers initially to allow for observation of technique, feedback is positive and concurrent with use of how and what questions. 
  • Server plays a through ball to the striker who then side foots the ball towards the GK.
  • This time the strikers aim is to score in the goal marked out by poles, so the GK should not have to dive but is tested on the different type of technical decisions he will have to make, and choose the right technique at the right time. 

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

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Small Sided Game (20 mins)

Key Factors

  • GK in relation to ball at all times
  • Set Position, ready and weight forward
  • Choice of technique - W's, Cup, Scoop or Long Barrier

Organisation

  • Coaching position to be central to allow observation of both GK technique. Feedback is positive and concurrent with use of how and what questions.
  • Players are split into two teams of five with the GK in a 2x2 square. To score a team must get the ball from one GK to the other. Encourage different types of pass from outfield players:
  • Inside/outside of foot
  • lofted passes if players are further back, changing handling technique for GK
  • pace of the pass, if players are around but can see a gap etc..

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