Soccer Coaching Theme 1 | Attack Centrally

Soccer Coaching Theme 1 | Attack Centrally

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Soccer Coaching Theme 1 | Attack Centrally

Soccer Coaching Theme 1 | Attack Centrally

Attacking Centrally Theme Summary

Theme 1 Attacking Centrally is a soccer coaching theme focused on Phase 3 Finishing the Attack and is developed with principles from a 343 or 3412 system of play. The 14 practices created take place in the middle and attacking thirds and most commonly in the central 3 zones as shown. Penetration and Movement to finish are the main soccer coaching principles covered, with our primary players being attacking midfielders, advanced full backs and of course strikers.

  • Attacking Emphasis 85% 85%
  • Defending Emphasis 15% 15%

Coaching Session 1

Session Organisation

This Soccer Practice is played in a 20 and 30 yard area depending on age group coached. We play a 3 v 3 plus targets changing to a 4 v 4 with a goal and Goalkeeper at each end. Players must combine with a central target player to score with quick combination. The playing area has two central 5 yard zones where target players must play 1 or 2 touch combinations with the attacking team.

Key Soccer Coaching Points

Try to allow free play and recognise opportunities for possession team to combine quickly with forward passes. If opposition start to protect target players, may need to enforce passing conditions (e.g. 10 passes a goal) to force pressure. Be creative and think about other progressions that could be implemented using STEP model, or ask players to create their own.

Progressions & Constraints | 1

Progress the soccer practice by allowing rotation between central target players, with a single player in each box for each team.

Progressions & Constraints | 2

Central players can drive out of the central square to initiate attacks quicker.

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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IMPROVE FINAL THIRD COMBINATIONS | OPPOSED (07-P2)

Organisation/Set Up

In this Opposed Skill Practice, we aim to develop Final Third Combinations to create and exploit space in these areas to create chances. Two directional practice | 45 x 40 (adults) area split into 2 halves as shown. 14 Players consisting of 2 groups of 3 v 3 together with a GK. Objective is for players to score in 3 v 3s, using safe zone to be patient and recycle the ball, allowing movement to create space.

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

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Progression 1: Floater Drive (4 v 3)

Floater can join in to attack and create a 4 v 3 overload in the attacking half., with a supporting defender to support in the floater channel. This will encourage more angles and opportunities to be created with challenge increased for the defending team.  

Key Point for Coach Focus

Different combinations to be created from various angles, with a focus on depth and width of players to ensure space is being used effectively. Recognise when to speed up attacks when space creates itself in and around goal, not afraid to take the opportunity with quick shots 

Key Coaching Points
  • Ability to lose markers in tight area.
  • Go & Show movement to lose players.
  • Communication with passing and support players.
  • Ability to finish chances.
Additional Support

Focus on initial passing quality and movement off the ball to keep possession before transferring.

Angles and distances of floating player and single player to finish is crucial with underload.

Movement to lose opposition and player-to-player understanding is important to finish. Quick Finishing technique with individuals.

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SHOOTING IN & AROUND THE BOX | TECH (21-P1)

SHOOTING IN & AROUND THE BOX | TECH (21-P1)

SHOOTING IN & AROUND THE BOX | TECH (21-P1)

Set Up

This is practice 1 in Theme 21 and is focused on developing quick combinations around the box with one touch play, pull backs and 1-2 combinations to a finish. We also include quick feet exercises which are relevant for this situation in game play, together with a progression to finish at the opposite end. This will encourage players to react quickly and not ball watch after performing any action.

  • Attacking Emphasis 90% 90%
  • Defending Emphasis 10% 10%

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Number of Players

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How to support the striker on the counter attack (02-P3)

How to support the striker on the counter attack (02-P3)

How to support the striker on the counter attack (02-P3)

Practice 3 of our counter attacking theme has a 2 v 2 with a floater in a 15 by 15 square in each corner of the practice. When possession is won, one of two players must play the ball into an awaiting striker with one player able to support, creating a 2 v 1 to finish. The practice must work in both directions throughout.

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

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Key Coaching Points: 2 v 1 Counter Attack on Break

If defender wins possession they must attempt to play the ball into the square to restart the practice and gain a point.
Depending on player numbers you may be able to allow for recovery rotating players in and out.

Key Coaching Points: Maintaining Soccer Practice Speed

We can progress this by allowing two players to support the striker, with a defender now active on their first touch, 1 recovering defender will create a 3 v 2 situation. Ensure we rotate attackers and defenders throughout the practice.
Key Coaching Points

– Speed of counter
– Angles of support
– Combination to finish with overload

Q&A

How do the opposition defend against this and what problems does this cause?

How can central players combine in one touch effectively, what support can you provide in your teams for this player?

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