CREATING SPACE | SKILL (15-P3)

CREATING SPACE | SKILL (15-P3)

CREATING SPACE | SKILL (15-P3)

Set Up/Organisation

Practice 3 of our possession based themed ‘Creating Space’ is based on attacking in a 4231 against a traditional 442. In what is essentially a 6 v 2 Rondo. Our 6 players look to keep possession around a defending pair (9 and 10) in a 15 by 15 yard area, creating space to penetrate, if defenders win the ball they must run the ball over any line within 3 seconds. Players must look to draw defenders one side to create space in wide areas or play a split pass by encouraging a single player press.

 

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

Age Group

Number of Players

Minutes

Set up – Penetrating and Playing Around

Key Points: Establish these early

Progressions & Constraints | 1 – Player Drop In

Progressions & Constraints | 2 – Midfield Rotation

Progressions & Constraints | 3 – Channel Zones

Progressions & Constraints | 4 – Channel Rotations

Game Influence | CB Penetrate 2 Strikers

Game Influence 2 | FB Creating Angles

Game Influence 3 | CM Drop to Link

Key Coaching Points
  • Tactical | Forcing direction to create a 2 v 2 and eliminate extra attacking player
  • Technical | Defensive ability in 1 v 1s, jockeying on toes able to adjust and turn
  • Social | Support teammates who become the primary pressing player (positioning)
  • Player Challenges | Defenders
  • Defenders spotting gaps to penetrate
  • Player Challenges | Fullbacks
  • Fullbacks creating quick angles to build play in front and behind the ballPace and angles of recovery runs made
  • Player Challenges | Midfielders
  • Midfielders recognising when and how to drop in to connect.
Q&A
  • How can create space behind pressing defenders?
  • When do you speed up your short passes?
  • How can you link in behind defenders to keep possession moving?
  • When do you need to play on the back foot and why?

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Play At Home | Individual Finishing Drill (40-P7)

Play At Home | Individual Finishing Drill (40-P7)

Play At Home | Individual Finishing Drill (40-P7)

This is Play at Home Practice 7 and is a soccer drill that is focused on developing power and finishing technique.

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

Age Group

Number of Players

Minutes

Focus on developing power and strength with jumps over hurdles, before movement and first touch that prepares players to finish into corner of goal. The objective is to maintain technique in the physical jumping phase and in the movement to receive and finishing technique. 

 

Key Coaching Points

Physical: Power over hurdles
Physical: Sharp movement to receive first touch
Technique: Finishing low into corners

Q&A

– How can I move quickly to receive the ball where I want it?
– How do I play on different sides with my weaker and stronger foot? How can I improve?

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%

Age Group

Number of Players

Minutes

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%

Age Group

Number of Players

Minutes

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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