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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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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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%

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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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OVERLOADS IN ADVANCED AREAS | G2P | OPPOSED (46-P2)

OVERLOADS IN ADVANCED AREAS | G2P | OPPOSED (46-P2)

OVERLOADS IN ADVANCED AREAS | G2P | OPPOSED (46-P2)

Set Up / Objectives

This skill practice builds on the Man City ‘Overloads In Advanced Areas‘ theme, developing our previous Technical passing practice (46-P1). Here we have 2 v 1 in both deeper and advanced areas, with a 1 v 1 in the central zone. Objective is for 2 defenders to combine in 1 or 2 touches to play into central player.

Central player can only move into wider zone after pass has been made (unopposed), emphasising weight of pass and timing of run. Central player must then play forward into 2 attacking players (2 v 1) who must score in 2 passes in one of 2 mini goals. If the defending team wins the ball, can they score in mini goal as a 3?

 

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

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Key Objectives

This shows how units can create pocket overloads to break defensive lines in the midfield and attacking thirds. We can see from this situation between City and Chelsea during the 2017-2018 Season, how Pep attempts to create an overload in the half spaces (pockets).

Birds Eye View | From Game to Practice to Game

We can view the area of the pitch in which this session would be positioned, placing the practice into context for both players and coaches. Our number 10 (De Bruyne) in the example drops into the space, and Silva (11) makes run in behind.

Zoom In | Quick Combination Play

A closer look shows clearly the passing options in possession and the challenge faced by defenders. Focus on creating space to play forward and movement into spaces to receive advance. Possible progressions could include the 10 is now opposed and so will have to wriggle out of trouble in central areas and 10 and 11 can rotate with 11 dropping off the shoulder to receive in central zone space to play forward.. Be creative!

Key Coaching Points
  • Social | Understand teammates positional play
  • Technical | Penetration passes to break defensive line
  • Psychological| Positive focus, recognising when to be patient and when to play forward quickly
Q&A
  • Is my central player finding the space they need to play forward?
  • How does my constraints influence the game and do we need to amend further?
  • Where are player showing initiative to solve problems witheir own solutions?

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COUNTER ATTACKING | SKILL (02-P2)

COUNTER ATTACKING | SKILL (02-P2)

COUNTER ATTACKING | SKILL (02-P2)

Organisation / Set Up

This Dribbling practice requires at least 5 players in a 15 yard diameter circle area, with each player beginning with a ball each to dribble. Players encouraged to be creative and try as many tricks and dribbles as they can unopposed to begin with before introducing various obstacles and challenges.

  • Attacking Emphasis 80% 80%
  • Defending Emphasis 20% 20%

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Progression 1: Add 2 Areas

Add 2 areas, where players must perform a different trick and with increased traffic closer control is encouraged.

Progression 2: Add Defender

Add a defender to add pressure to dribblers, so they must avoid each other as well as perform a dribble in area.

Progression 3: Passing Floater 

With increased difficulty with added defender, a floater could act as a wall pass for dribblers under pressure.
Key Coaching Points

– Technical – Close control under pressure of defenders
– Technical – Ability to use both feet in turning
– Physical – Change of Pace when required

Q&A

– Is the space available for players appropriate?
– How can I work individually with each player?
– Is there room to extend the challenge for higher ability players?

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Play At Home | Individual Finishing Drill (40-P7)

Play At Home | Individual Finishing Drill (40-P7)

Play At Home | Individual Finishing Drill (40-P7)

This is Play at Home Practice 7 and is a soccer drill that is focused on developing power and finishing technique.

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

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Focus on developing power and strength with jumps over hurdles, before movement and first touch that prepares players to finish into corner of goal. The objective is to maintain technique in the physical jumping phase and in the movement to receive and finishing technique. 

 

Key Coaching Points

Physical: Power over hurdles
Physical: Sharp movement to receive first touch
Technique: Finishing low into corners

Q&A

– How can I move quickly to receive the ball where I want it?
– How do I play on different sides with my weaker and stronger foot? How can I improve?

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