Football/Soccer Session (Difficult): Finishing game utilizing numerical advantage

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Ken Sweda
Name: Ken Sweda
City: Naperville
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 7 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer


An attacking game in 3 zones, utilizing numerical advantage and a layoff to finish

Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Screen 1

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Screen 1
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Screen 1 (25 mins)

Players are set up as shown: 2v1 advantage for Blue in zone 1, single Blue in zone 2, 1v1 in zone 3.


Players may not leave their zones.

Play begins with Blue in possession in zone 1, trying to use numerical advantage to play directly into zone 3. Red defender in zone 3 must mark behind the Blue attacker.

If ball is successfully played into Blue in zone 3, it must be laid off to zone 2 Blue player to finish (and the attempt must come from zone 2, i.e. no dribbling into zone 3).

Coaching points:

-Be quick and efficient in utilizing numerical advantage in zone 1.

-Quick incisive movement by Blue 3 to shake defender and read the play of teammates in zone 1.

-Incisive movement by Blue 2 to read activity in both zones and find best position to receive the layoff


-If Red wins the ball, they may counterattack to either of the red cone goals

Progression: No Blue player in Zone 2 to start, play proceeds after 3/5 passes in Zone 1 and frees a Blue player to dribble into Zone 2, at which point they may continue to Zone 3 to shoot, or combine with their Blue teammate in a 2v1.

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