Football/Soccer Session (Difficult): Dealing with Balls Served Into The Box and How Can we Prevent Scoring

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Christopher Thorum

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Christopher Thorum
Name: Christopher Thorum
City: Pottstown
Country: United States of America
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

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How to deal with crosses and how to prevent scoring.


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

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Screen 1 Warm Up (5 mins)

Warm Up - 

Group players based off of numbers for the session. One ball per group. Goalkeepers look to pass and move. One and two touch only. (Preferably one touch if skill level allows).

After about one minute thirty seconds, goalkeepers skip and while on the move loosen up their shoulders(arm crossing motion) and add a little jump in (highball movement) for about twenty seconds. Then while moving the Goalkeepers toss a ball in the air(vary the tosses) for another Goalkeeper to catch. Make sure they are calling "Goalkeeper" when collecting the ball.

Progression to high ball toss player who tosses the ball apply light pressure to Keeper who is catching the ball.

COACHING POINTS:

  - Quality touch and weight on the pass

  - Quick movement after the pass with proper body shape facing the ball to be ready to receive.

  - Access the ball before attacking it.

  - Rotate which foot you jump off of and which knee you bring up.

  -Land on two feet.

  -Take a couple steps forward after catching the ball to simulate breaking the first line of pressure with possibility to distribute the ball.

  - Keeper Call.

  - Catch the ball more infant of you and not directly over your head or behind.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Screen 2 Out Of Position into Position to Deal with a Cross

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Screen 2 Out Of Position into Position to Deal with a Cross (20 mins)

Two Goalkeepers working at a time from both sides of the goal.

Working Goalkeeper starts out of position (somewhere between post and mannequin or player. Player A (standing on corner of 6 yard box) bounces the ball the give the Goalkeeper a cue to drop back into position. Player A tosses the ball in the air (vary toss not always a LOOPING BALL) as the Goalkeeper comes out to catch the ball. Rotate players as you suite based off of the number of GK's and the amount of reps you want them to have.

PROGRESSION:

   Same as above, but now the GK's will just start where they feel comfortable(in position) Access the ball before stepping to attack it.

PROGRESION 2:

   Servers (PLAYER A)  Now step back another 5 yards. GK's start out of position, on bounce GK gets into position, accesses the ball then attacks the ball and catches it.  


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Screen 3 Activation to deal with cut backs

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Screen 3 Activation to deal with cut backs (25 mins)

DEALING WITH CUTBACKS ACTIVATION:

 GK's start out of position as shown. Player A taps/touches the ball with their foot to cue the GK to move into position to defend the first goal and to deal with the cut back. Once the GK is in position player A strikes the ball making a cut back pass for the GK to dive and make the save. Rotate positions and each side of the goal.

PROGRESSION:

GK Now starts on inside of the mannequin(opposite from the side the cross would come from) on coaches (B) command GK drops back into position as if there was a cross coming from 3, holds that position for a count of 3 or coach says "PLAY" GK then drops back in line with B for a shot (low ball/ground) to save.

PROGRESSIONS:

Do the same for 2 and as you did with 3 except GK would adjust their set position based off of where ball 2 is. 

For 1, GK starts on the inside of the same mannequin that the near post is on.

COACHING POINTS:

- Proper foot work when moving.

- Find YOUR "COMFORT" set position to cover the parts of the goal that are needed based off of where the cross is coming from.

- Access the flight of the ball before you start to attack the ball.

- Access where the attacking players are positioned.

- Move into line of the attacking player that ball is going to as quick as possible.

- Doesn't always have to be a hand save after the shot, could be foot arm, leg body etc all depends on the distance of where the shot comes from.

- Find the second ball quickly and move in line if there is a rebound.

-Defend the Goal or Defend the space on rebounds.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Screen 4 Live Putting it all Togehte

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Screen 4 Live Putting it all Togehte (25 mins)

Player A starts with ball. Player A passes to player B who takes a touch and looks to cross the ball into the 6 yard box area. Once Player A passes the ball to player B the GK moves into their position to deal with the cross. The GK accesses the flight of the ball then decides whether try an claim the ball by catching, boxing or punching the ball or to yell "AWAY" and look tasty and defend the goal for any shot that may happen. If the GK catches the ball they look to distribute the ball out to player F or A who then passes to player C. As the ball is traveling to player C the GK moves to the near post to defend the first goal and the cut back pass. Player C plays a pass to player D or E who looks to shoot and score. The GK looks to make the save. All rebounds are live.

Switch Sides.

COACHING POINTS:

- Proper Footwork to move into the correct position to deal with the cross.

- Track the Ball.

- Access the flight of the ball before attacking the ball.

- Read the field by scanning prior to the cross to see where attacking players are positioned.

- Do we catch, box, or punch the ball or do we stay and defend the goal.

- After catching the ball can we break the first line of defense and look to distribute the ball quickly.

- Keeper Call.

- What type of save do we make.

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