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?
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%

Age Group

Number of Players

Minutes

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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Difficulty Rating

How to Defend as A Compact Box 4 (06-P3)

How to Defend as A Compact Box 4 (06-P3)

How to Defend as A Compact Box 4 (06-P3)

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 This 4 v 4 Practice + floaters can be worked to on penetration passing and defensive compactness. Decide on your focus, maybe one coach with one group and other with opposition, rotating players throughout.

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

Age Group

Number of Players

Minutes

Key Point

The box 4 in defending must focus on distances and angles of cover to ensure they are not penetrated by the attacking passing team. They must ensure they are aware of the receiving player behind them and the pattern of play, anticipating where passes are to be played. 

Progression 1

We can now allow a single defender to press, forcing the 3 covering defenders to cover a larger area and for the possession team to move the ball quickly, increasing challenge for both groups in different areas of the practice. 

Key Coaching Points

– Social: Communication between players in defending phase
– Physical: Cover distances quickly
– Psychological: Awareness of players behind to cover passing lines

Q&A
  • Where is the best position to support my teammate?
  • How does the pressing defender affect the practcie and do we need to adjust session?
  • Who needs challenging more and how can we apply constraints to enhance this challenge?

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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%

Age Group

Number of Players

Minutes

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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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