Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): 3 is the magic number! (match)

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Steve Gulliver
Name: Steve Gulliver
City: Southampton
Country: United Kingdom
Membership: Young Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
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 (30 mins)


create pitch tourmanent size approx 65m (L) x 35m (W)


cones, discs, poles,bibs, balls, goals


This practice is designed to encourage the players to move the ball quickly under limited touches to progress up the pitch in possesion.Split the players into 2 teams. The rules are if you are the team in possesion you only have 3 touches in the defensive and middle third. If you are in possesion in the attacking third there is no limit on touches but we want to encourage being direct and shoot on sight minset. This zone is Free play".If the other team win back possesion in that attacking third, they are then in their defensive third and the 3 touch rule applies. To encourage shielding or hiding the ball I have changed the rule slightly.Instead of the player not being able to touch the ball after 3 touches, the player is allowed to touch the ball but not allowed to move. This means they can shield, hold of an opponent and manouver the ball away from danger to try and delay till a team mate comes and takes the ball. The player is not allowed to pass the ball whilst doing this. This will result in possesion to the other team.


If the tempo of the passing is not quick enough, impliment a 3 second & 3 touch rule in possesion except the attacking thirds in possesion.


If success isn't achieved then lock players in the thirds to create larger spaces between players so that players have move time on the ball to move the ballover greater distances and move up the pitch and counter attack.

Key points:

Ephasise the need to scan and be on the move and not static. Body shape.Be on the half turn. No offsides. Think ahead. Decide early where you want to go and execute your decision so the player is not caught on the ball.Stretch the pitch both legth and width ways with your starting positions to create larger gaps when in possesion.

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