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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HIGH PRESS IN ATTACKING THIRD | OPPOSED (25-P3)

HIGH PRESS IN ATTACKING THIRD | OPPOSED (25-P3)

HIGH PRESS IN ATTACKING THIRD | OPPOSED (25-P3)

Set Up

3 teams of 4-6 players in an area 25 long x 15 wide, split into 3 sections. Each of the 3 teams must start in a different playing area, with 1 team keeping possession in one end zone. 2 players press from middle area to win possession and transfer the ball to the opposite end.

Once they win possession, they drop out of central zone and the team who loses possession moves into the central area, with 2 players pressing; this is a quick rotation.

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

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Progression & Constraint 1 | Player Drop To Receive

Opposite end player can drop in to link play to play through, must not stay in area more than 5 seconds – Rotate.

Progression & Constraints 2 | 50 Pass, 4 Ball Transfer

Players keep count of passes and must make 4 passes to transfer the ball to opposite end.

Progression & Constraints 3 | Bounce To Play

Middle players must drop and set possession player to switch and transfer to opposite end.

Key Coaching Points
  • Quick Passing | Spacial Awareness | Speed of Press | Body Shape | Angles
  • Player Focus Great practice to start sessions off after warm up, as elements of competition and quick passing and transfer of the ball, encourages player to work at a high tempo. Compact area encourages players to play quickly and challenges individuals in possession to move the ball quickly under pressure.

    Not much time available here. Get players to focus on giving themselves more time through being ready before transfer; organised. Balls must be prepared at the coaches feet or stationed around the practice, as there will be a lot of transfer of possession.

    Be creative with numbers, decide what you want out of the session, easier defending or attacking and work to those ends. e.g. 4 v 2, 5 v 3, 6 v 4 etc

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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%

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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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Ball Mastery | Dribbling / RWTB (BM-09)

Ball Mastery | Dribbling / RWTB (BM-09)

Ball Mastery | Dribbling / RWTB (BM-09)

This is practice 9 of our Ball Mastery Collection and adds an element of competition to player’s dribbling technique, with 2 and then 4 players competing to reach and dribble the ball into specific zones.

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

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Key Player Challenge

Players must race to the ball and dribble into a specific area under pressure. To win the challenge players must dribble 2 balls into different areas. 

Progression 1: Challenge both sides – Only older players

We can now set 2 pairs off at same time with the same challenge, now with the added obstacle of players from the opposite end trying to dribble into the same areas. This should only be applied to older age groups, with the risk of collision with yonger players playing with their head down. 

Key Coaching Points
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Ball Mastery | Dribbling (BM-08)

Ball Mastery | Dribbling (BM-08)

Ball Mastery | Dribbling (BM-08)

This practice is for younger players and focuses on their ability to dribble into specific zones, changing direction and speed as they progress. We can introduce various progressions to challenge players varying numbers, opposition, space and time.

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

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Progression 1

We introduce 2 defending players with a ball ion their hand and they must tag as many players as they can in a given time period.

Progression 2

Players must now dribble through as many cone triangles as possible in the time given, whilst being challenged by the 2 defenders and having other players as obstacles.

Progression 3

Challenge dribbling players now to dribble through 3 different coloured cone triangles without getting tagged to double their score from 3 to 6. Rotate defending players, providing a score for each pair depending on how many players they have been able to tag. 

Key Coaching Points

Technical: Ball Control is crucial in tight spaces

Technical: Ability to change direction to avoid defenders

Physical: Balance to change direction, speed to get away

Q&A

How can you avoid defending players better what are the triggers?

How can you change direction quicker in between cones?

When do you lose control of the ball and what can you do to prevent this?

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