Developing Support Play - Level 1 - 3 Part; Opposed / Tech / Opposed (2005-S2)

Football Session:

Football Practice 1: Developing Support Play - Opposed
 
In this Opposed 4 v 2 practice, possession team must keep the ball in each of the 4 areas within this 20 x 20, against 2 defending players who can press to regain in any area. If defenders win the ball, they can now play a 2 v 1 in a single 10 x 10 area to make 5 passes before moving into another square to do the same. When attacking team win the ball back, they keep possession in 4 v 2 again.   
 
Duration: 25 minutes     Skill: Possession (Support / Angles)     Age Group: 11+ 
 

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Key Coaching Points:
  • Angles and Distances of possession players to the ball in 20 x 20 and defenders press on triggers
Progression 1:
  • Passing players must now rotate away from their pass at least every 3 or 4 passes. 10 Passes a goal, Defenders 5 passes a goal on regain.
Key Coaching Questions:
  • How does rotation influence defenders and passing players? Less options? Easier to regain? Increased awareness of possession team?
  • Progression 2:
    • Passing team must develop a 2 v 1 in a single square making 2/3 passes before switching play when pressured.
Key Coaching Point:
  • Focus on looking away from the ball to observe pressure before switching play into another box.

 

Football Practice 2: Developing Support Play - Technical

In this Technical Practice, we have 4 passing players in each of 2, 10 x 10 grids and 3 attacking players unopposed positioned on the edge of the box. Objective is for one passing team to make 3/4 quick passes before playing ball into feet, with 1 supporting run to combine and finish from a cross or through ball. Once first group goes, next 4 players repeat opposite side with similar combinations, adding element of competition between groups.   
 
Duration: 20 minutes     Skill: Supporting Runs    Age Group: 12+ 
 

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Key Coaching Points:
  • Speed of support and weight of set and through balls important to create opportunities
Progression 1:
  • Pass comes from one box and supporting run comes from other side to develop increased movement off the ball
Key Coaching Questions:
  • Can you rotate after set and spin? Forward players movement off the ball important
  • Progression 2:
    • Possibly add a single defender against 3 and increase support runners to 2, one from each area creating 5 v 1
Key Coaching Point:
  • With opposition, now players must time runs better and focus on attacking spaces quicker, with enhanced understanding between passer and runners

 

Football Practice 3: Developing Support Play - Opposed

In this Opposed Skill practice, we have 4 passing players in a single 15 x 15 yard grid and 3 attacking players marked by 3 defenders around the edge of the box. Objective is for one player  to break out of zone after 5 passes and play ball into attackers feet for set, creating 4 v 3 attacking play. If defenders win possession they can initially run over end zone line, progressions possible. 
Duration: 30 minutes     Skill: Attacking Play    Age Group: 12+ 

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Key Coaching Points:
  • Passing weight and ability of attacking players to hold up play and combine with supporting runners.
Progression 1:
  • Introduce additional support runner creating 5 attacking players, could then move a defender into more advanced zone so 3 v 2 and 2 v 1 zones.
Key Coaching Questions:
  • How can you use overload effectively, taking into account offside lines.?
  • Progression 2:
    • Possibly split zones into 3 vertical areas, so defenders must press in 2 out of 3 zones. This will encourage attackers to use space in wide areas
Key Coaching Point:
  • Adjust your positioning off movement of player in possession, angles and support must be based on ball movement and defenders press