How to Defend Compact as Defending 3 (06-P1)

How to Defend Compact as Defending 3 (06-P1)

How to Defend Compact as Defending 3 (06-P1)

  • Attacking Emphasis 35% 35%
  • Defending Emphasis 65% 65%

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Set Up

20 x 20 yard for younger age groups, increasing in size with age increase no bigger than 30 x 30. Four players to keep possession on outside of square with two Floaters either end & 1-2 placed centrally, with four Yellows central trying to regain possession. When possession regained Yellows move to outside, Blues become central defending players.

Progression 1

Once defenders have gained possession, then now become outside players and switch play.

Progression 2

1 player can step inside off the line, encouraging outside floater to find angles.

Progression 3

One defender can now press in the outside area, leaving 2 defenders centrally to limit any penetration.

Progression 4

A player can now drop into central zone to connect of the shoulder or pressing defender, timing is crucial.

Progression 5

After successfull connection in the area, player must drop and another player from one of the two remaining teams must look to connect in the central zone.

Key Coaching Points
  • Pressing and Screening
  • Compactness in central zone
  • Communication between defenders 
Q&A
  • Where is the best position to support my teammate?
  • How can I limit penetration?
  • How does this change defending when a teammate presses?

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How to Support Attacks to Overload (05-P3)

How to Support Attacks to Overload (05-P3)

How to Support Attacks to Overload (05-P3)

This Soccer Drill begins with the coach playing the ball into an attacking player who attacks a single defender and goal, with the support of a teammate (2 v 1 outfield). If the attacking team scores, an extra player joins in creating a 3 v 1.

If defenders don’t concede they get an extra defender (2 v 2). There cannot be an overload of more than 2 players throughout the soccer practice; rotate player roles.

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

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Key Coach Points 1: Using the 2 v 1 overload effectively

Players should be focused on attacking at pace, using the full width of the pitch and timing forward runs beyond the single defender with offside rules in place. Their first touch should be with intent with a heavy touch to attract the defender to engage leaving space in behind; be clinical in their finishing. 

Reward: Extra player added to create 2 player overload

If team scores we add an extra attacker creating a 3 v 1. If they don’t score then we introduce an additional defender balancing to a 2 v 2. think about balancing this for each task. For example add a time constraint, if team does not score in 5 seconds then add an additional defender. Or have a passing line where the penetration pass must be played before a certain point and observe the impact this has on defenders. 

Game Rules: Continue overloading based on success

Observe the differences between the 2 v 1 overload and a 3 v 2 or 4 v 3 and adapt the practice as a result. With a clearer advantage in the 2 v 1 and 3 v 2 overload situations we have discussed possible constraints. When it is more balanced with a 4 v 3 for example, we can tweak individual challenges. Ideas could be only 2 players can score in a 4 v 3 attacking overload, or 2 players play on one touch, be creative with your ideas and how you apply these.

Progression 1: Striker must play in attacking half

We can start to add more realism to the practice by restricting our strikers movement and having a focus point for our possession players. No longer a typical counter attack, this attacking situation focuses more on supporting possession from behind the ball and so you must address the differences betwen support beyond and support in front here. 

Progression 5

We now add a double reward for successes of teams. Not only do they gain a player for successfully attacking or defending the goal, but the opposition must also lose a player. We always maintain a maximum of a 2 player overload, allowing defenders and attackers to gain relative success. Players will need to self manage, not wanting to be withdrawn from the pitch. This therefore has a huge social and psychological influence on players. Observe this and speak to players to improve their approach to this change when possible. 

Key Coaching Points
  • Tactical – Timing of forward runs to support
  • Technical – Decision of passer to pass or dribble
  • Psychological – Recognition of space with overload v balanced numbers
Q&A
  • Where is the best position to support my teammate?
  • How can I bring my teammates into play better?
  • Who are defenders staying with when overloaded? What does this mean?

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How to Support Attacks Effectively (05-P2)

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How to Support Attacks Effectively (05-P2)

 

Soccer Practice Organisation / Set Up

This soccer training session is focused on improving support play between players. We position 5 sets of 2 poles with a 3 yard gap between each on a pitch 40 by 40. Objective is for team in possession to combine with a teammate with a pass through a gate, focusing on speed of support, reactions to opposition screening and use of the switch to break defender’s pressure.

  • Attacking Emphasis 75% 75%
  • Defending Emphasis 34% 34%

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Key Coaching Point 1: – Losing Opposition Players

In this 5 v 5, the team wins a game if they can score through 2 poles in 3 touches, or if they keep possession so long that they get down to a single player as the last player standing.

The possession team will lose a player every time they play a succesful combination through the poles, balancing challenge after each goal scored.

Key Point 2: Use Full Space For Switch Of Play

It’s vital that players use this whole space to draw defenders away from possession and from protecting gates. This will provide an option for the passing team to switch play when they are under concerted pressure, but timing to switch is crucial. The team must have 1 player to support this switch of play allowing the pass to be played through the gate and not isolate individual teammates. 

Game Challenge: Player Drops Out After Goal

On scoring, the possession team will have a player drop out of the practice. This will create an overload for the defending team increasing the challenge for the team performing well. Have an individual activity for players who drop out and manage this as a coach effectively.

Game Success: Last Player Standing

To win the game without the quick 3 pass connection through 2 gates, the team must end with a single player. As less and less players are in the practice, you can close off half or a quarter of the pitch to ensure the overloaded defender has a better chance of winning the ball.

Key Coaching Points
  • Tactical | Transition (Dispersal v Immediate Support)
  • Technical | Angles and distances of support
  • Psychological | Recognition of switch to make quick passing opposite side
Q&A

– How are your players using the space effectively?

– Do you need to make the pitch smaller as the play progresses?

– What are players doing that you do not want them to do and how would you address this as a coach?

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How to Combine Off Striker Hold Up Play (04-P3)

How to Combine Off Striker Hold Up Play (04-P3)

How to Combine Off Striker Hold Up Play (04-P3)

This practice develops passing and movement with quick, short sharp combinations in tight spaces off the striker.

With players in each corner of the square, player 1 plays a square pass to player 2, who then passes into the striker to set player 1 who crosses over with player 2.

Once connected, a pass is played through to the opposite pair who will repeat the sequence in the opposite direction.

  • Attacking Emphasis 100% 100%
  • Defending Emphasis 0% 0%

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The main focus of the session is to build supporting runs off the striker with cross over movement from midfield. This is most likely going to come from attacking midfield players or inside wingers looking to connect off the central striker.

Key Coaching Points: 1 Touch Set /3rd Man Runs

Timing is crucial and the ability to play on one touch to break defences down quickly is important to transfer to the game. If you have younger players and they require that extra touch, allow 2 touches until you can add that constraint to challenge them further.

Progression 1: 1-2 Combination to Maintain Flow

 After central combination with the striker, the forward running player must play a 1-2 off 1 touch with the support player in the opposite corner, playing the pass into space for the receiving player to run onto. This is key in games, as players look to connect quickly and move onto a moving ball rather than receive one to feet under pressure from defenders, especially in attacking areas where there is space for them to break into.

 There are many more progressions that can be applied to this soccer practice, including a coach call for players to change direction, adding another ball, rotating the striker with the passing player on each sequence and much more. Just art is knowing when and how to introduce each one to challenge the team and then individuals specifically. 

Key Coaching Points

Timing of movement to meet set from striker

Weight of pass into striker

Control to set oncoming support players

Intelligence to pick up sequence and adapt with progressions

Q&A

1. What are the challenges you are facing in this practice?

2. How can you move the ball quicker and maintain control?

3. Where on the pitch would you expect to see this and can visualise your movement?

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How to Rotate to Create Space in a Rondo (04-P2)

How to Rotate to Create Space in a Rondo (04-P2)

How to Rotate to Create Space in a Rondo (04-P2)

This practice focuses on players rotational movement to create space in a central area, before reacting to winning possession. With a 30 x 30 Yard area and 15 x 15 Yard central area, 4 players keep possession against 2 centrally. 2 defending players who win possession can breakout with 4 outside players to create a 6 v 4 overload. Develop rotational movement between central players and outside players to create space to exploit.

  • Attacking Emphasis 60% 60%
  • Defending Emphasis 40% 40%

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Objective: Rotational Movement to Keep Possession

Central players must rotate every 5 passes, through effective verbal and non verbal communication (e.g. Eye Contact and hand gestures) to move opposition players around.

Coaching Effect: Transition when Possession Won

When Blues win possession, they must now break out into the larger area into a 6 v 4 overload practice. Blues can rotate central players providing more flexibility, yet keeping 2 players in the central area at any one time, with whites pressing on the outside to regain. 

Progression: Add Goals to Add Focus and Challenge

Progress by now introducing 4 goals as shown. Whites can finish in any of the 4 goals on the outside after making 10 passes or splitting 2 defenders. focus on speed of possession transfer as soon as defenders are split.

Key Coaching Point: Initiate immediate possession after goal

Coach must pass a ball in immediately after they score in one of the 4 mini goal to encourage whites to finish in any of the other 3 goals, again by making 10 passes or splitting defenders in the central zone. 

Key Coaching Point: Draw Pressure on the Outside to Switch Play

Objective for Blues when they win possession is to keep the ball on this expanded area to make 10 passes before finishing in the goals themselves. If whites win the ball they take it back to a 4 v 2 in the central area, repeating the challenge to get 10 passes or split both defenders.

Key Coaching Points
  • Tactical | Recognise when to rotate to move opposition players
  • Technical | Passing quality to keep the ball in tight spaces
  • Social | Player understanding of when to move out and replace teammates in space created
Q&A
  • Where is the space on regaining possession and how can you exploit this?
  • How do defenders react with slow possession and when you speed up possession?

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