COUNTER FROM DEEP| DIRECTIONAL PRACTICE (08-P2)

COUNTER FROM DEEP| DIRECTIONAL PRACTICE (08-P2)

COUNTER FROM DEEP| DIRECTIONAL PRACTICE (08-P2)

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Organisation / Set Up

This directional practice is the second of Theme 8: Direct Counter From Deep.

With a focus on our midfield player receiving on the back foot to break defensive lines, we develop the timing of forward runs from 3 attackers against 2 central defenders to finish.

Our midfielders first touch will dictate the type of pass played, encouraging the use of both feet.

Progress by repositioning mannequins, changing passing angles as a result.

 

Key Coaching Points

  • Technical | First touch to set for well weighed pass
  • Tactical | See movement in front influencing passing decision
  • Psych | Recognise success and learn strengths of teammates and opposition

 

Progressions & Constraints

Vary player’s touch to influence pass decision

Move mannequins/cones so different passes and runs encouraged.

 

Key Coaching Questions

  • How can I best achieve success with my forward pass?
  • What runs do I need to make?
  • What are my teammates capable of (pass/runs/combinations)?
  • Attacking Emphasis 75% 75%
  • Defending Emphasis 25% 25%

Age Group

Number of Players

Minutes

Key Coaching Points

This develops endurance, whilst also allowing players to improve RWTB and experiment dribbling skills.

Coach must be focused on the capacity of players and alter time that players are working.

Q&A

How could you improve your Running with the ball individually?

Is this a strength or weakness and how are you going to measure improvements during the season?

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COUNTER FROM DEEP| RUNNING WITH THE BALL (08-P1)

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COUNTER FROM DEEP| RUNNING WITH THE BALL (08-P1)

About

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Set Up

Area is set up with a 40 yard width and 36 yard length, which can vary depending on age and number of players (e.g. 15 players requires 5 x 10 yard areas, so 50 yds).

Organisation

Central player will run with the ball to end player, lay off, run around player and receive the other side, before performing a dribble and repeating the action; 1 – 2 minutes rotate.

Key Coaching Points

  • Players to perform dribble after few touches with tight control and then explode to get out of their feet when RWTB. (on 3 minutes)
  • How can you ensure you get your head up on each touch? Important during practice. (on 6 minutes)

Progression 1 | 1-2 Combinations

Play a 1-2 with player at end of dribble before player to receive and repeat opposite end. Developing communication and awareness of pass and touch required.

Key Coaching Points

  • How does this influence your thinking as you approach the end player? (on 9 minutes)
  • How can end players help and ensure your movement around them isn’t hindered? (on 12 minutes)

Progression 2 | Takeover

All players now involved in dribbling, RWTB with takeover after each run, adding competition.

Key Coaching Points

  • What type of communication (verbal/non-verbal) is useful here? (on 15 minutes)
  • Which side does your teammate want the ball, can you work his weaker side alternatively? (on 18 minutes)

Progression 3 | Switch After Dribble

End players now switch with each other in next row, encouraging awareness off the ball. Blue 3 moves to outside after passing to Red 7, sets Blue 2 to lay for Blue to restart.

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

Age Group

Number of Players

Minutes

Key Coaching Points

This develops endurance, whilst also allowing players to improve RWTB and experiment dribbling skills.

Coach must be focused on the capacity of players and alter time that players are working.

Q&A

How could you improve your Running with the ball individually?

Is this a strength or weakness and how are you going to measure improvements during the season?

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DEFENSIVE PRESSURE | RONDO (10-P1)

DEFENSIVE PRESSURE | RONDO (10-P1)

DEFENSIVE PRESSURE | RONDO (10-P1)

Organisation/Set Up

This Rondo is Practice 1 of Theme 10: Defensive Pressure and is based off a 3412 Formation as you can see. This is played in a 20 by 20 Yard area with a 10 by 10 central square for the single player (8) to combine and break the defensive line of 2 midfielders who look to win the ball. Our midfield pair, must avoid being split with a through pass, by not leaving large gaps for the opposition to play through.

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

Age Group

Number of Players

Minutes

Set Up: Combine Through Central Pivot

Progressions: Creating 6 v 3

Progressions: Rotational Movement

Key Coaching Points

Tactical | Keep play on outside, no gaps for pass to be played through

Psych | Recognition of right time to press, being aggressive in decisions

Technical | Apply correct defending technique in pressing phase

Q&A

How can you work together to limit spaces?

When is the right time to press as a pair?

Where are you getting success and how can you maintain this level?

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WINNING POSSESSION IN MF 3RD | OPPOSED (11-P2)

WINNING POSSESSION IN MF 3RD | OPPOSED (11-P2)

WINNING POSSESSION IN MF 3RD | OPPOSED (11-P2)

Set Up | Direction

In this Possession / Pressing Opposed Practice, we focus on pairs of defenders regaining possession as quickly as possible. Multi Directional Practice | This practice focuses on developing players ability to press possession players to regain possession quickly, through forcing direction and limiting gaps for opposition to play through. Work with 3 balls between 6 players, giving the 2 defenders chance to win each ball as quickly as possible. When possession won they can score in any one of 4 mini goals as shown, before pressing the group to win second ball and third. Once all balls won, rotate defending players.

 

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

Age Group

Number of Players

Minutes

Key Coaching Point 1

Increase or decrease number of passers or defenders depending on ability of each group (e.g. 7 v 2, or 5 v 3).

Progressions & Constraints 2

Time each pair to win 6 balls, work 3 balls and then another 3 once they are won.

Key Coaching Points
  • Ensure Possession and movement between passing players challenges defensive pairings.
  • Speed of press, with a particular focus on triggers for pressing as a pair (i.e. Slow pass, bad touch, lofted pass).
  • Limiting gaps in between, trying to isolate 1 or 2 passing players.
  • Effective communication for both defending and passing players throughout (e.g. time, man on, press).
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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