Play At Home | Individual (40-P4)

Play At Home | Individual (40-P4)

Play At Home | Individual (40-P4)

Football Practice 4 of our ‘Play at Home’ Series combines working on your touch, movement off the ball to open your body and check shoulders, running with the ball and quick feet in ladders.

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

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Key Coaching Points 1

Focus on your first touch and movement off the angle of poles to receive on your back foot to be able to drive into space. It is crucial you get into the habit of checking shoulders as you will in a game situation, to ensure you have space to drive into and can see pressing defenders.  

Progression 1: Speed Challenge

Now we can begin to introduce your speed of movement whilst maintaining technique in each step. Give yourself a score for each correctly performed technique together with the time it takes you to complete the course. 

Key Coaching Points

Technical: Short side foot passing
Technical: Movement to take first touch forward
Physical: Quick feet and speed between poles

Q&A

– How can you ensure your movement allows you to take the first touch in front?
– How can you vary sprints between ladders and poles?
– How else can you take the ball to break into space?

Play At Home | Individual (40-P3)

Play At Home | Individual (40-P3)

Play At Home | Individual (40-P3)

This practice incorporates many different principles to engage players at home. We begin with some ladder work using whatever sequence you think your player needs to work on, before a bounce pass is played. After this initial pass, player must move quickly to get themselves into a position to receive a second pass to control and play off a rebound board. This must be through the poles shown and firm enough to return the bounce on one touch and play another pass off the rebound board at the opposite end. 

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

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Key Coaching Points 1

Focus on individual technique in each area of the practice, with a lot of variation in player movement and skill execution. It’s very easy to just go for speed and forget technique, but it is crucial you focus on getting this right first with both feet before focusing on speed. 

Progression 1

Now you are fine with your technique and you have made progress from the beginning of the soccer drill, you can now begin to challenge yourself by setting targets for accuracy and time. 

Key Coaching Points 2

It is crucial to reiterate that technique over speed is the main objective here. You can steadily increase your speed without sacrificing technique and you will start to see big improvements in your, dribbling, passing and finishing. 

Key Coaching Points

– Technical: Running with ball close control
– Passing and finishing accuracy
– Balance and speed to accel and decel as neccesary between exercises. 

Q&A

 – What skill do I need to work on most and how?
– How does speed influence my technique and how can I adjust?

Play At Home | Touch & Finish (40-P2)

Play At Home | Touch & Finish (40-P2)

Play At Home | Touch & Finish (40-P2)

This ‘Play At Home’ practice is focused on players control, lateral movement and quick feet together with finishing in and around goal.

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

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Key Coaching Points 1

Focus on your first touch to move the ball through the gate accurately, well weighted so you can pass the ball on the other side before playing the pass back, performing quick feet, before receiving a return pass to finish in the goal on the opposite side. 

Progression 1: Weaker Foot and Increased Movement

Develop your first touch outside of the area now and finish in the near side goal with your weaker foot on each side. With this added challenge, you will begin to slow down and execute your finish more carefully. 

Progression 2: Physical Focus to Develop Speed

 Introduce ladders if you have these, or poles and cones to aid the selected physical exercise. Quick feet will develop speed and co-ordination, which are extremely useful traits for attacking players

 

Key Coaching Points
Physical: Movement and balance to control the ball and body between sections
Technique: Touch to move the ball in small spaces under close control
Technique: Finishing on both feet, near and far
Q&A
How can I move quicker in between areas whilst still in control?
What is the difference between weaker and stronger foot finishing technique?
How does your standing foot influence this and how can you develop it?

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Using Space Constraints to Develop Awareness (04-P1)

Using Space Constraints to Develop Awareness (04-P1)

Using Space Constraints to Develop Awareness (04-P1)

This Technical practice is played in a 36 x 36 yard area, broken down into 4 x 4 squares, with 3 or 4 teams of 4 creating effective supporting angles, and movement, whilst unopposed. Objective is for each team to simply move the ball around the area whilst avoiding other players in the area, and developing an understanding of how to rotate with teammates during this phase.

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

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Key Coaching Points: Receive on the Move

Players must now receive a pass in another area to where they are as pass is played. This will slow play down, yet will encourage players to think about weight of pass and verbal and non verbal cues will be more important with this progression.

Progression 1: Rotational Movement

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.

Progression 2: 
Players must now rotate with another player in a different square after they have played the pass. This will encourage players off the ball not to just focus on receiving the next pass, but on the movement to create space with passing player.

Key Coaching Points

– Passing quality 
– Movement to receive on the front foot.
– Avoiding obstacles and traffic during play

Q&A

How can you avoid other players in your movement off the ball?

What can help you receive the ball on the move?

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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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