Football/Soccer Session (Academy Sessions): Playing Against a 3-4-3 : Finding our No. 10

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Frankie McAvoy, Adult Member

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Frankie McAvoy
Name: Frankie McAvoy
City: Preston
Country: United Kingdom
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Transfer Game Through a No. 10

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Transfer Game Through a No. 10

Preparing to Play against a 3-4-3 Formation

3 x Teams of 6 x Players & 2 x No. 10's in a middle zone which is a free zone:

Area sizes : 2 x Possession zones are 20 x Yards wide by 15 x Yards long.

(Note : Middle zone - Free Zone is 20 x yards wide by 5 x yards long).

6 v 3 in a possession zone - the 6 x players keeping the ball need to beat the 3 x high pressing players and pass into their no. 10 in the free zone who gets turned and needs to pass to the other team in the opposite possession zone. The No. 10's are on a maximum of 2 x touches.

Note : Players keeping possession are all in. Each team of 6 x players gets a turn at becoming the pressing team with 3 x pressing players in each possession zone becoming active once the no.10 receives a pass from the other possession box.

Played 6 x 3 minute games & every team gets an opportunity at keeping the ball and trying to break the high press as well as being the pressing team .

Session Objectives (Group): Team in possession to make the area as big as possible / keep possession / movement & communication / quick short sharp passing / split the line to find the no.10

Team Pressing : Stop the ball being played to the no. 10's in the free zone. Force the team in possession into a mistake by closing down quickly denying space, high intensity pressing & communication from behind.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Possession / Counter Attacking game against a Back 3 with 2 x Recovering Central Midfielders

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Possession / Counter Attacking game against a Back 3 with 2 x Recovering Central Midfielders

Possession / Counter attacking game against a back 3 with 2 x Recovering midfielders towards one goal.

Possession Area size : 22 x yards long by 40 x yards wide.

Counter attack Area size : Full half of a pitch in length & 64 x yards wide.

Set Up :

There are 7 x defending players trying to keep the ball off of 6 x pressing players who are the counter attacking team within the possession area.

Outwith the possession area there is a GK and about 30 x yards from goal there are 3 x CB's who are part of the possession team. The counter attacking team have a striker, 2 x wide players & a No. 10 to play the ball too when they win the ball in the possession area - who are positioned in front of the 3 x defending CB's.

Everytime the 6 x attacking players in the possession box win the ball they look to hit one of the 4 x attacking players in front of the 3 x CB's and when they do this 2 of their players break from the possession box to make it a 6 v 5 counter attack with 2 x players from the possession team recovering as 2 x central midfielders to assist the 3 x CB's in defending the attack. The attack continues until the ball is either knocked out of play by either team or the GK saves the ball or a goal gets scored.

Note :- As the 6 v 5 counter attack is in progress the 5 x defending players in the possession box can continue to keep the ball off the 4 x attacking players until the attack is over.

(Each team has 4 x minutes as the defending / possession team and 4 x minutes as the counter attacking team). You can repeat this 2 or 3 x times.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Attacking session against a 3-4-3 : 11 v 10

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Attacking session against a 3-4-3 : 11 v 10

Attacking session for our 4-3-3 against a 3-4-3 system.

11 (Inc. GK) v 10 : Directional game on a pitch size that is from one 18 x yard line to the opposite 18 x yard line in length & full width.

When the 3-4-3 system have the ball our emphasis is on high intensity pressure, locking them down one side & stopping them switching play out the other side.

When we have possession we need to move the ball with a purpose and try and hurt them on the counter either by playing through our No. 10 or hitting them in behind the wing backs.

The triggers for us to implement our high intensity press are :-

A. as soon as the ball is on the move to either the right or left centre backs.

B. as soon as there is a slack pass from the opposition.

Note :- 3 x mini goals are positioned along one 18 x yard line for the back 3 to defend & 1 x Normal sized goal with a GK for the 3-4-3 system to attack is positioned on the other 18 x yard line.

Duration : 3 x 8 Minute games in order to work on our team shape with & without the ball.

Sesssion Objectives : (Team with the GK) : To make the pitch as big as possible / keep possession / movement & communication / combination play / try and either force the 2 x wing backs back to make a back 5 or drag C/B's into wide areas making them exposed / give them a dilema regards who is resposible for picking up our No. 10.


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