Football/Soccer Session (Difficult): Man City Defending Space GK Session (Start Time: 2021-04-12 13:05:00)

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Andy Swift
Name: Andy Swift
City: Chester
Country: United Kingdom
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

GK Nexus Microtask - Swift

Working with Man City GKs after the 0-2 defeat to Tottenham - defending dangerous space in behind the back line. 

The assumption is we still want to hold a high line, and the focus is on how the GK can help defend the space rather than the defenders dropping off and limiting the team's ability to press. 


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Activation

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Activation

(Pre-activation movements w/S&C coach prior to session start)

Activation.  3 mins. 

GK starting at red cone gate, on front foot. 

On server's ball bounce, accelerate to behind the mannequin. 

Server can either toss for one hand catch or drop the ball for an instep half volley back to hand. 

4 reps and GK recovers back through cone gate to end. 

Rotate (serving= active rest). 2 sets.

 

Coaching points:

Quality movement and body control.

Technical execution.

Recovery back - eyes forward, see the ball throughout the drill. 


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm up.

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Warm up.

Warm up: 8 mins. 

 

Set 1: GK plays a 1-2 pass with the wide blue GK, repositions and switches to the opposite side. 

He then drops in, and the red GK serves three balls off the ground in and around to hands. 

These balls are rolled out to the initial blue GK server. He returns to the red GK, and the sequence restarts on the opposite side.

 

Set 2: Same pattern with the passing. Red GK starts with the balls at 9 yds. Soft touch out of feet for GK exit save (hands/block based on touch). 

 

Coaching points:

Quality of technical execution, quality of serves.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Exercise 1.

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Exercise 1.

Technical Work: 8-10 mins.

Server has three options. 

A. Toss a ball into space behind mannequin for GK exit and cleared ball w/feet.

B. Tossed/rolled ball into box for GK exit to hand.

C. Tossed high ball to goal for catch/back to bar save (if needed to keep GK honest in their positioning).

 

4th GK (red) apply pressure, but start 5 yards back from servers. 

 

Each GK 4-6 reps, allow time to recover between each (8-10 sec rest approx, depending on intensity of action). Ensure they have a variety of exits. 2x sets.

 

Coaching points:

Starting position - defend the goal vs defending the space consideration.

Recognition of cues - speed, flight and angle of ball. 

Technical execution of clearances and exits - accelerating through. 


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Exercise 2.

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Exercise 2.

Exercise 2: 18 mins.

 

3 servers in a triangle - always work back through central player: they can shoot from distance, play a pass to feet, or play a through ball on the ground/in the air.

 

GK is looking defend space while still being in a position to allow recovery back to goal. Play rebounds live. 

 

6 reps each, 3x sets per GK. 

 

Coaching points: 

GK positioning - traveling with the ball, can you get to your spot early? Think vertical as well as horizontal.

Recognition of cues and decision making. When to stay/go? 

Execution of save.

For servers - game speed/tempo. 


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): w/Team Ex 1.

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w/Team Ex 1.

9 Blue vs 8 Red. 22 mins. 

 

Pitch brought in to 60yd width. Reds not allowed to defend in the grey zone until the ball enters (forced high line/offside line.

 

Restarts from the blue GK. 4x4 min bouts. 2 mins rest. 

 

Coaching points:

Opponent team.

Looking to penetrate centrally with runs behind, balls behind.

Movement from front four - always looking for one threatening behind when one shows. 

 

Focus team.

Organized team - get compact and stay compact.

Midfield - deny space and time on the ball in dangerous areas.

Body shape in back line - prepared to drop if opponent has time.

GK - positioning to defend space/goal, reading cues of pressure/positioning of player on ball.

Communication and organization of team.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): w/Team Ex 2.

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w/Team Ex 2.

11 v 11 30 mins. 

 

Regulation field and rules.

 

Red team playing Man City game model - asked to press and hold a high line.

 

Blue team looking to transition quickly and play through central channels, looking for balls through/over the back line before they play wide. 

 

3x8 min bouts. 3 mins rest. 

 

Coaching points:

Opponent team.

Looking to penetrate centrally with runs behind, balls behind.

Movement from front four - always looking for one threatening behind when one shows. 

 

Focus team.

Organized team - get compact and stay compact.

Midfield - deny space and time on the ball in dangerous areas.

Body shape in back line - prepared to drop if opponent has time.

GK - positioning to defend space/goal, reading cues of pressure/positioning of player on ball.

Communication and organization of team.


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