Football/Soccer Session (Academy Sessions): IMPROVING SCORING GOALS WITH SMALL GAMES

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Pedro USSF A
Name: Pedro USSF A
City: Chelsea
Country: United States of America
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

What - Early cross on the floor or medium height.

Who - Left or right winger playing early cross in towards striker.

Where - Middle wide area of the field going towards the center of the box.

When - In space on wing with multiple options in the box.

Why - Play early cross into the box as opponent is sliding across to defend the ball.

KPI: Number of attempts on goal.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Drop In/Introduction

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Drop In/Introduction (10 mins)

Organization:

  • Set up as shown above.

Instructions:

  • On arrival, 2v2 or 3v2 small sided games depending on numbers.
  • Reference topic of the day to boys before they start playing.

Coaching Points/Questions:

  • Quality of passes, on the floor when possible.
  • Use of give and go/overlap to create space.
  • Concentration on ball when crossing or finishing on the goal.

Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Main Activity

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Main Activity (20 mins)

Organization:

  • Set up as shown above.

Instructions:

  • Blue team attacking side with 2 small nets.
  • Red team attacking side with no nets.
  • 1 point for blue team if they score a goal.
  • 3 points for blue team if they score a goal coming off a cross from the wide areas (shaded).
  • 1 point for red team if they dribble over blue teams line.
  • Have teams swap sides after 3 minutes.

Coaching Points/Questions:

  • What do we do if there is no space to play a cross in closer to the opponents goal? Answer: Switch point of attack to other side. *We spoke about this last week, good refresher*

  • Where do we want to play crosses in from? Answer: Wider area, just after or before the middle cone, not too far inside the opponent's half. Cross early.

  • When should we play a cross in? Answer: When we have teammate in central zone and space in wide area.

  • Why is crossing to eventually finish and effective way to score goals? *Have the boys give their thoughts here, bit of a discussion.*

Regressions/Progressions:

  • P: Make size of field larger.
  • R: Make size of field smaller.

Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Conditioned Game

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Conditioned Game
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Conditioned Game (30 mins)

Organization:

  • Set up as shown above.

Instructions:

  • Blue team attacking big goal.
  • Red team attacking 2 small nets.
  • 1 point for blue team if they score a goal.
  • 3 points for blue team if they score a goal coming off a cross from the wide areas (shaded).
  • 1 point for red team if they score in blue teams small nets. 2 points if they dribble over the line.
  • Have teams swap sides after 5 minutes.

Coaching Points/Questions:

  • What do we do if there is no space to play a cross in closer to the opponents goal? Answer: Switch point of attack to other side.

  • Where do we want to play crosses in from? Answer: Wider area, just after or before the middle cone, not too far inside the opponent's half. Cross early.

  • When should we play a cross in? Answer: When we have teammate in central zone and space in wide area.

  • Why is crossing to eventually finish and effective way to score goals? *Have the boys give their thoughts here, bit of a discussion.*

Regressions/Progressions:

  • P: Make size of field larger.
  • R: Make size of field smaller.

Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Match

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Match (30 mins)

Organization:

  • Set up as shown above.

Instructions:

  • Regular game rules.

Coaching Points/Questions:

  • Emphasize coaching points for the day.


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