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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How to Attack Centrally in Tight Spaces | 01-P1

How to Attack Centrally in Tight Spaces | 01-P1

How to Attack Centrally in Tight Spaces | 01-P1

Between 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 GK at each end. Players must combine with a central target player to score with quick combination. Area has two central 5 yard zones where target players must play 1 or 2 touch combinations with the attacking team.

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

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See all of Coaching Theme 1: http://go.touchtight.com/rMpLye

Progression 1

Focus efforts on playing through either of the 2 central floaters. Defenders will be protecting target players, so players may need to play around the opposition to create better angles to combine. 

Progression 2

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

Progression 3

Central players can now rotate with a teammate after their pass. This will focus players and motivate targets to join in attacks, by checking for advanced teammates to connect with. Focus attention on playing on the half turn to ensure they play quickly. You may even stipulate a 2 touch rule to focus them on having to assess teammates’ position.

Progression 4

Central players can drive out of the square to initiate attacks quicker on their first touch. Now central players will be focusing on the space they can drive into, rather than teammates to connect with. This is fine, as they become more positive with the ball and identify available space to penetrate with their first touch. 

Key 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.

Q&A

– How well do you connect with central players and why?
– Where are you facing difficulties and how can you overcome this?
– How does each progression change your attitude to the game?
– What problems have you had to solve?

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How to Support Attacks to Overload (05-P3)

How to Support Attacks to Overload (05-P3)

How to Support Attacks to Overload (05-P3)

This Soccer Drill begins with the coach playing the ball into an attacking player who attacks a single defender and goal, with the support of a teammate (2 v 1 outfield). If the attacking team scores, an extra player joins in creating a 3 v 1.

If defenders don’t concede they get an extra defender (2 v 2). There cannot be an overload of more than 2 players throughout the soccer practice; rotate player roles.

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

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Key Coach Points 1: Using the 2 v 1 overload effectively

Players should be focused on attacking at pace, using the full width of the pitch and timing forward runs beyond the single defender with offside rules in place. Their first touch should be with intent with a heavy touch to attract the defender to engage leaving space in behind; be clinical in their finishing. 

Reward: Extra player added to create 2 player overload

If team scores we add an extra attacker creating a 3 v 1. If they don’t score then we introduce an additional defender balancing to a 2 v 2. think about balancing this for each task. For example add a time constraint, if team does not score in 5 seconds then add an additional defender. Or have a passing line where the penetration pass must be played before a certain point and observe the impact this has on defenders. 

Game Rules: Continue overloading based on success

Observe the differences between the 2 v 1 overload and a 3 v 2 or 4 v 3 and adapt the practice as a result. With a clearer advantage in the 2 v 1 and 3 v 2 overload situations we have discussed possible constraints. When it is more balanced with a 4 v 3 for example, we can tweak individual challenges. Ideas could be only 2 players can score in a 4 v 3 attacking overload, or 2 players play on one touch, be creative with your ideas and how you apply these.

Progression 1: Striker must play in attacking half

We can start to add more realism to the practice by restricting our strikers movement and having a focus point for our possession players. No longer a typical counter attack, this attacking situation focuses more on supporting possession from behind the ball and so you must address the differences betwen support beyond and support in front here. 

Progression 5

We now add a double reward for successes of teams. Not only do they gain a player for successfully attacking or defending the goal, but the opposition must also lose a player. We always maintain a maximum of a 2 player overload, allowing defenders and attackers to gain relative success. Players will need to self manage, not wanting to be withdrawn from the pitch. This therefore has a huge social and psychological influence on players. Observe this and speak to players to improve their approach to this change when possible. 

Key Coaching Points
  • Tactical – Timing of forward runs to support
  • Technical – Decision of passer to pass or dribble
  • Psychological – Recognition of space with overload v balanced numbers
Q&A
  • Where is the best position to support my teammate?
  • How can I bring my teammates into play better?
  • Who are defenders staying with when overloaded? What does this mean?

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