Football/Soccer Session (Beginner): Possession with a purpose: Decision Making

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Sarah Fawcett, Young Member

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Sarah  Fawcett
Name: Sarah Fawcett
City: Leeds
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 7 points
Membership: Young Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Key moment: We have the ball

Attacking phase: 1, 2 building into 3

WHO: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #8 and, #10 directly

WHAT: To improve the teams ability to maintain possession, with emphasis on decision making and passing and moving during freedom of play.

WHERE: Defensive and midfield third

WHEN: In possession of the ball

WHY: To penetrate the opposition's forward and midfield lines into the attacking half. 


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Stage 1: Warm Up

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Stage 1: Warm Up
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Stage 1: Warm Up (15 mins)

INTENSITY: High ACTIVITY: 3 mins REST: 1 min INTERVALS: 4

Activity:

- As shown, 3 teams (4/5 per team) operate amongst each other (ball per team)

- Teams pass and move in their own colours

- Looking for players to be always moving and providing options, as well as being visually aware.

Progressions

1. Players must pass to a different color.

2. Teams must look to pass THROUGH 2 opposition players, breaking the line

3. Teams must try and receive BETWEEEN 2 oppositin players

Coaching Points:

1. Passing weight and accuracy.

2. Receive the ball with an open body position

3. Supporting angles and distance.

4. Pass selection: feet vs space

5. Change the rhythm

6. Movement off the ball


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Stage 2: Small Sided Activity

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Stage 2: Small Sided Activity (25 mins)

INTENSITY: High ACTIVITY: 3 mins REST: 1 min INTERVALS: 6-8

Activity:

- 8 v 4 (or 10 v 5)

- Game is transitional, one team defends against two teams

- Defending team must win possession inbounds before transitioning to attack.

- Team losing possession transition to defend

- Award goals for consecuative passes in possession (8-12).

Progressions:

1. One team defends for a time period and upon winning the ball try to score in any of the four goals, all teams have a go at defending. Team are responsibile for counting there teams score

2. Allow time out after first round to allow each team to group and discuss how they can improve performance in second round.

Coaching Points:

1. Team shape, support and balance

2. Change of rhythm in possession to unbalance defending team shape

3. Be patient: let play develop - no forcing the play

4. Decision making and speed of play


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Stage 3: Expanded Activity

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Stage 3: Expanded Activity (25 mins)

INTENSITY: Moderate ACTIVITY: 2 mins REST: 2 mins INTERVALS: 9

Activity

- 4 v 4 + 1 (3 teams of 4)

- One large goal with goalkeeper(s) and two counter goals. Neutral players play for team in possession.

- Define direction for each team.

- Teams play for 2 minutes then rotate.

Progression:

- Add a score-line to each team (i.e., up a goal, down a goal, if your team is up a goal they can’t score until the game is tied, etc.), to change the demand.

Coaching Points:

1. As previous

2. Change of rhythm to exploit opportunities to penetrate

3. Movement and timing of 2nd and 3rd man runs


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Stage 4: Game

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Stage 4: Game (20 mins)

INTENSITY: Moderate ACTIVITY: 9 mins REST: 2 mins INTERVALS: 2

Activity:

- 7 v 7 (or 8 v 8)

- FIFA rules apply

- 1-3-3-1 (as in diagram).

Coaching Points:

1. Look for opportunities to change point of attack

2. Find the most efficient way possible to score

3. Be patient in possession and allow opportunities


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