IMPROVE FINAL THIRD COMBINATIONS | SKILL (07-P3)

IMPROVE FINAL THIRD COMBINATIONS | SKILL (07-P3)

IMPROVE FINAL THIRD COMBINATIONS | SKILL (07-P3)

Organisation/Set Up

Defenders set up either side of the defending third. One defender plays pass into 1 of 2 attackers who attack defender quickly to get shot off against GK. One big goal for Attacking players to attack and 2 mini goals for Defender to attack if they win possession. Pass from each side and rotate attackers and defenders after 4-5 minutes.

  • Attacking Emphasis 70% 70%
  • Defending Emphasis 30% 30%

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Number of Players

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Progression & Constraints

3 v 2 Attack v Defence Overload Practice. Focus on movement and timing of forward passes to ensure there is a clear relationship and understanding between attacking players. 

Progression 1: Success Constraint (increase challenge)

If defenders are successful for a certain time period to keep attacking players from getting a successful shot off (e.g. 4-6 seconds) then defenders can introduce an extra player, creating a 3 v 3 outfield situation. This increase in challenge will force attackers to attack quicker or adapt when faced with this balanced situation. 

Key Coaching Points
  • Technical: Running with the ball at defenders and execution of pass and finish.

  • Tactical: Recognise space to exploit with the overload.

  • Physical: Speed to break lines with and without the ball.

Q&A
  • 1 | Where does the space appear in the attacking phase?

  • 2 | How can you move defenders around to create space to attack?

  • 3 | How does the progression influence attacking options?

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IMPROVE FINAL THIRD COMBINATIONS | OPPOSED (07-P2)

IMPROVE FINAL THIRD COMBINATIONS | OPPOSED (07-P2)

IMPROVE FINAL THIRD COMBINATIONS | OPPOSED (07-P2)

Organisation/Set Up

In this Opposed Skill Practice, we aim to develop Final Third Combinations to create and exploit space in these areas to create chances. Two directional practice | 45 x 40 (adults) area split into 2 halves as shown. 14 Players consisting of 2 groups of 3 v 3 together with a GK. Objective is for players to score in 3 v 3s, using safe zone to be patient and recycle the ball, allowing movement to create space.

  • Attacking Emphasis 75% 75%
  • Defending Emphasis 25% 25%

Age Group

Number of Players

Minutes

Progression 1: Floater Drive (4 v 3)

Floater can join in to attack and create a 4 v 3 overload in the attacking half., with a supporting defender to support in the floater channel. This will encourage more angles and opportunities to be created with challenge increased for the defending team.  

Key Point for Coach Focus

Different combinations to be created from various angles, with a focus on depth and width of players to ensure space is being used effectively. Recognise when to speed up attacks when space creates itself in and around goal, not afraid to take the opportunity with quick shots 

Key Coaching Points
  • Ability to lose markers in tight area.
  • Go & Show movement to lose players.
  • Communication with passing and support players.
  • Ability to finish chances.
Additional Support

Focus on initial passing quality and movement off the ball to keep possession before transferring.

Angles and distances of floating player and single player to finish is crucial with underload.

Movement to lose opposition and player-to-player understanding is important to finish. Quick Finishing technique with individuals.

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FORCING DIRECTION | SKILL (19-P1)

FORCING DIRECTION | SKILL (19-P1)

FORCING DIRECTION | SKILL (19-P1)

Set Up / Organisation

This practice is focused on forcing direction to win possession to counter. With Blues building out in a 433, Golds defend in a 442 Diamond with changes with progressions. In this 40 x 30 Yard area, Blues must use the full width to penetrate the defence to score in mini goals, whilst Golds must defend central areas, forcing play wide to regain in wide zones. On winning possession wide, Golds can counter to finish.

 

  • Attacking Emphasis 30% 30%
  • Defending Emphasis 70% 70%

Age Group

Number of Players

Minutes

Key Coaching Point | Forcing Direction

If Blues have ball in wide area, all Yellows must be on that side of the pitch. Defensive Shape.

Key Coaching Point 2 | Actions on Winning Possession

Diamond Yellows must now ensure they stop ball into ST, forcing play across and backwards. Compactness, which allows Yellows to regain and counter quickly or keep possession and build to finish.

Progression 1 | Add ST to Defend Against

Change formation to add a striker which forces defenders to rethink how they press and force direction in the defensive phase. 

Progression 2 | Opposition Rotation

All Blues can now rotate inside and outside, creating a numerical advantage for Yellows to deal with
Key Coaching Points
  • As a defensive practice in the main, we must ensure the attacking quality is at the level it needs to be in order to work the defenders. Focus on the shape, to begin with and ensure both teams are applying standard attacking and defensive principles before developing additional points.

    Space | Focus on space between players, ensuring gaps are at a minimum in central areas, develop players ability to slide and press quickly in relation to the movement of the ball

    Time | Set time objectives to remain compact and not allow them a shot on goal in 15 seconds for example. Could develop counter if need be (score in 6 seconds)

    Equipment | Ensure balls provided quickly to maintain the tempo of practice. Balls in goals so when they score they have 3 seconds to start from own end, if they don’t goal get’s chalked off. TEMPO

    Players | Develop individual ability by focusing on 2-3 players throughout.

    Pre-plan defenders to develop, maybe midfield 4 diamond pressure or 2 CBs organising in front and set individual objectives

    Advanced | We can clearly focus on many aspects of this Attack v Defence game, with an ability to also develop transition for defending the team, yet try to focus on a specific aspect, i.e. Diamond movement out of possession. It becomes easy to sway off topic, so try to stay focused, whilst maintaining challenge from opposition doing the right things to test players.

     

    Player Focus

    Shape Understanding | Defensive Shape | Compactness | Slide Across | Communication

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WINNING POSSESSION IN MF 3RD | OPPOSED (11-P1)

WINNING POSSESSION IN MF 3RD | OPPOSED (11-P1)

WINNING POSSESSION IN MF 3RD | OPPOSED (11-P1)

Organisation / Set Up

 This opposed practice is focused on midfield players regaining possession and developing and finishing attacks In the attacking transition phase. In a 40 x 25 Yard area, we had 3 zones as shown. Reds play in a 231 against Gold in a 122.

 

  • Attacking Emphasis 30% 30%
  • Defending Emphasis 70% 70%

Age Group

Number of Players

Minutes

Progressions & Constraints | 1

Allow Gold striker to drop in to create 3 v 3 to progress play.

Progressions & Constraints | 2

Gold players able to bounce back to defender to rebuild play if they are under pressure, forcing Red defenders to be more calculated in their pressure.

Key Coaching Points
  • Tactical | Recognise pressing triggers as a unit and counter effectively
  • Technical | Defending technique and ability to penetrate with forward passes
  • Social | Defensive pressure as a defending unit – press and cover
Q&A
  • How can you break into the final third quickly to create 1 v 1 and 2 v 1 situations on the counter?
  • How can you regain pressure quickly in the central zone without leaving your midfield area exposed for penetrative passes?
Ball Mastery | Dribbling  (BM-01)

Ball Mastery | Dribbling (BM-01)

Ball Mastery | Dribbling (BM-01)

Practice one of our ball mastery section focuses on improving dribbling skills, with half of the group on a ball in the central area, and the remaining players on the outside. Players must dribble the ball to the outside and lay off to an outside player, encourage a change of direction when entering the square.

  • Attacking Emphasis 90% 90%
  • Defending Emphasis 10% 10%

Age Group

Number of Players

Minutes

Key Coaching Points: Receive on the Move

Players must dribble the ball to the outside and lay off to an outside player, encourage a change of direction when entering the square.

Progression 1: Rotational Movement

Progress to a one two pass on the outside, allowing all players to be involved in rotational movement in and out of the square. Focus on takeover and speed of movement when transferring. 

Progression 2

Players use their weaker foot in the central area, encouraging the need to think about changing direction on entering specific zones where there is player congestion.

Key Coaching Points
  • Tech | Ability to use both feet
  • Tech | Close control
  • Physical | Agile to change direction
Q&A
  • How can you keep close control?
  • How can you avoid players in your dribbling?
  • What changes in smaller and larger areas in your dribble?

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