Football/Soccer Session (Academy Sessions): Pressing in a mid-block.

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Ayodeji Ogunlade, Adult Member

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Ayodeji Ogunlade
Name: Ayodeji Ogunlade
City: Hamilton, New Jersey
Country: United States of America
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

1. Recognizing pressing cues and triggers. 

2. Starting positions to bait passes to CBs and FBs. 

3. Pressing as a team to regain possession and score goals. 

4. Counter attacking / fast attacks. 

5. Finishing off scoring chances. 

6. Dealing with long balls.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Pressing Duels.

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Pressing Duels.
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Pressing Duels.

Organization:

Set up as shown.

Instructions:

1. Exercise starts with the first red attacker playing a diagonal pass into a team mate as shown in the diagram, the receiving red player is restricted to pass the ball back to third red player before they attempt going to the goal. Once the ball is being received by the third attacker, they have 10 seconds to score.

2. As soon as the ball is being played in by the first red attacker, the blue players all sprint into the pitch to apply intense pressure on the ball, if they recover or win back possession, they will quickly look to score on opposition goal. They have 10 seconds to regain possession and score.

3. Whenever a goal is scored or the ball goes out of play, the game will be over and a new set of attackers and defenders steps in quickly to repeat the actions.

4. Game last maximum of 20 seconds, if no goal is scored and the ball doesn't go out of play during the play, the play is automatically over.

Coaching Points:

1. Strong mentality to press and win back possession.

2. Sprint to hunt the ball.

3. Look to pressure and cover when defending as a pair.

4. Run through attacker when going 1v1 against attacker.

5. Counter attack to score upon winning back possession.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Small Sided Game

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Small Sided Game

Organization:

Set up playing area as shown.

Instructions:

Players are divided into two teams i.e. blues and reds at the start of the exercise, they look to work in two small groups and play (4v5 / 5v4).

1. Group 1 - The reds will look to work on pressing to regain and score goals while the blues will look to play out from the back to beat opposition press to score goals. 

2. Reds will look to score in the large goal while blues look to score in the three flag goals. Blues can score either by dribbling through any of the flag goals or by passing the ball through the flag goal to the blue target player that is stationed behind the flag goals. The target player moves freely in behind the flag goals to help team mates to score goals.

3. During goal kicks, the reds (pressing team) will look to use the red cones as a guide / line of confrontation to go against the ball.

4. Whenever the ball goes out for a corner kick for both teams, the play restarts with the goalkeeper.

5. Team switches roles on coach's call.

Group 2 - Both teams will look to play the same game as Group 1 with the roles of the teams reversed. The blues will look to work on pressing to regain and score goals while the reds will look to play out from the back to beat opposition press to score goals. All the same conditions that were stipulated as explained with Group 1 applies accordingly to Group 2.

Coaching Points:

1. Pressing mentality.

2. High intensity / high tempo.

3. Setting traps.

4. The nearest player to the ball initiates the press with other supporting players joining in early.

5. Fast attacks / counter attacks upon winning possession to score goals.

Progression:

1. Phase of play.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Phase of Play

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Phase of Play

Organization: 

Setup as shown above. 


Instructions: 

1. The Blues would look to work on pressing in the attacking third of the field while the reds would look to patiently build up play inside their defensive third and break opposition pressure. 

2. Blues (pressing team) tries to score in the large goal while the reds are looking to score in the gates by either dribbling through the gates or passing the ball through the gates with a team mate receiving it behind. 

3. It's very important that the pressing team understands their positioning and have to be very organised as they're pressing very high up the pitch and leaving spaces behind. 

4. Whenever the red team manages to score through the gates, that means the pressure from the blues team wasn't good enough as they are allowed to come out of pressure.

5. Reds would be given some freedom to play long balls over the press in identified situations. 

 

Game Scenario:

Final game of the season: Reds (Liverpool) vs Blues (Man City). Reds (Liverpool) needs a draw from the game to become premier league champions for the first time in 30 years, they are down 2-0 in the game. Blues (Man City) on the other hand are leading 2-0 against Reds, they need to win by 5 clear goals to finish as premier league champions and ensure that outsiders (Chelsea and Spurs) doesn't have the chance to claim the title as well. 

Defending Coaching Points: 

1. Be organized by starting in the right positions i.e. pressure and double press the player with the ball. 

2. Keep opposition in quarter of the pitch and make opposition play predictable. 

3. Striker should always look to initiate the press and cut off back passes to GK or CBs. 

4. Always press in the identified situations and make it compact both vertically and horizontally. 

5. After regaining possession, counter attack quickly to score. 

6. If counter attack isn't on, can we keep possession and then look to penetrate again? 

7. Repress, Retreat and Recover in identified situations when the press is broken. 

8. Be ready to deal with long balls when opposition play over pressure. 

Attacking coaching points: 

1. Spread out. 

2. Utilize space and triangulate to create passing options. 

3. Speed of play i.e. move the ball quickly to unbalance the pressing team and break lines. 

4. What do we do if we can't play through or around? 

5. What if opposition are leaving too much space behind?

Progression:
1. Practice match 9v9.


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