Football/Soccer Session (Advanced): Strategy to Counter High Defensive Pressure Off a Goal Kick Restart or Deep Zone A Restart

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Julian Carr
Name: Julian Carr
City: BRAMPTON
Country: Canada
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Working on playing out of high pressure on a goal kick restart, where the opposition is playing with either 2 strikers in a 4-4-2 block, or in a 3-4-3 block.

Looking to have the pivot as highly involved as possible to help advance the ball out of Zone A and quickly through Zone B exploiting spaces in the opposition's pressure.

Want to reduce the number of touches by our team so to increase the speed on the movement of the ball. 


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 5 v 5 Directional Rondo

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5 v 5 Directional Rondo (25 mins)

Set Up

40 x 40 area divided into 4 x 10 x 10 areas

2 goals: one at either end

12 x Balls on the sides, but mainly at the goals

Red and Blue bibs

Activity

5 v 5 directional game

The ball is played in by the red team with the Pivots from either team starting in the middle

The "red" pivot looks to receive a pass from the red player starting the play and the red outside players checking down for the ball

When the red pivot receives the ball through the two split defenders he plays the ball to an open player on the wing while the red striker checks down as well towards the goal

The player that receives the ball then looks for a teammate looking to keep the ball as central as possible unless there is space on the side thinking "pass first" "dribble second" with a 3 touch limit condition initially in the first 5 minutes so that players understand the urgency of the movement of the players and the ball

Defenders set up at first with two players on the ball in the attacking end for progression 1 and 2 (5 minutes each)

In progression 3 and 4 players are allowed to defend however the like, but the aim is still to get the pivot to be the first player on the ball and if they are not then they are the second player to receive the ball and progress 

1 minute break in between intervals

Coaching Points

How do we use the defending of our opposition against them

Can the pivot split the high defenders and find a teammate quickly

Can we move the ball quickly in one or two touches

Can we keep the ball central and only attack wide when a true open opportunity presents itself


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 9 v 9 Looking to Exploit Opposition Pressure With the Pivot

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9 v 9 Looking to Exploit Opposition Pressure With the Pivot (30 mins)

Set Up

9 v 9 on a 70 x 50 field area

9 x Red players (8 field players 1 x GK)

9 x Blue players (8 field players 1 x GK)

12 X Balls beside the goals

2 x regular sized goals

Activity

9 v 9 controlled scrimmage to build on the rondo in the previous activity

Looking to use the pressure from the defense against itself to create opportunities to move the ball out of Zone A and into Zone B

Looking to maintain possession and if possession is lost, get as many of our players behind the ball as quickly as possible

Looking to keep the ball central until space opens up on the wing and then it may be utilized

Looking to create opportunities to score playing centrally and using the opposition pressure against itself

Duration: 30 minutes 3 x 8 minute intervals with 2 minute rest and coaching point presentation

Coaching Points

Can we create a numerical superiority in Zone A and then progress it to Zone B

Can the pivot recognize the opportunity to exploit the pressure and split the pressure in Zone A

How do our players recognize the pressure and adjust their body shape to receive the ball in a favorable position to help our pivot in distribution 

Can We play centrally as much as possible which then opens up the wings for advancement of the ball

Can we break lines by using the passing lanes that we have created to break the opponent's pressure

Ball MUST be played quickly in two and three touch intervals 

Modification

Defend with three strikers in the last 8 minutes to see how the team adjusts in case RMA changes their tactics to 3-4-3 with their pressure


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 11 v 11 Playing Through The 4 Zones

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11 v 11 Playing Through The 4 Zones (20 mins)

Set Up

Two teams in same colour pinnie 11 v 11

Team red starts out in play from back and goal keeper

Team Blue sets up and defends through the zones

Expected Actions and Reactions

Coach players to move according to the play and movement of the opposition while staying connected to each other in offense and defense

Coaching Points
Defending: Are we spaced properly

Are we communicating properly with each other 

Is the pressure on the ball with support and cover behind

Do we see where we are on the field 


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 11 v !1 Game

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11 v !1 Game (20 mins)

Set Up:

  • 11 x 11 game 4-3-3 v 4-2-3-1 
  • Balls around the field for quick restarts 

Description:

  • Off the opening kickoff players should look to attack immediately and put opposition under pressure while also being aware of counter pressure.
  • Working on attacking principles of the session and counter attacking opportunities
  • Addressing situations that arise
  • Evaluating player reactions in an 11 v 11 game situation
Coaching Points:
  • Recognizing transitional moments in match   
  • Finding opportunities to win the ball and counter attack in transition in numbers up situations

Duration: 

  • 18 Mins 2 x 8 minute intervals for play and coaching over the play 
  • 2 minute each break

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