OVERLOADS IN ADVANCED AREAS | G2P | OPPOSED (46-P2)

OVERLOADS IN ADVANCED AREAS | G2P | OPPOSED (46-P2)

OVERLOADS IN ADVANCED AREAS | G2P | OPPOSED (46-P2)

Set Up / Objectives

This skill practice builds on the Man City ‘Overloads In Advanced Areas‘ theme, developing our previous Technical passing practice (46-P1). Here we have 2 v 1 in both deeper and advanced areas, with a 1 v 1 in the central zone. Objective is for 2 defenders to combine in 1 or 2 touches to play into central player.

Central player can only move into wider zone after pass has been made (unopposed), emphasising weight of pass and timing of run. Central player must then play forward into 2 attacking players (2 v 1) who must score in 2 passes in one of 2 mini goals. If the defending team wins the ball, can they score in mini goal as a 3?

  • Attacking Emphasis 65% 65%
  • Defending Emphasis 35% 35%

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Key Objectives

This shows how units can create pocket overloads to break defensive lines in the midfield and attacking thirds. We can see from this situation between City and Chelsea during the 2017-2018 Season, how Pep attempts to create an overload in the half spaces (pockets).

Birds Eye View | From Game to Practice to Game

We can view the area of the pitch in which this session would be positioned, placing the practice into context for both players and coaches. Our number 10 (De Bruyne) in the example drops into the space, and Silva (11) makes run in behind.

Zoom In | Quick Combination Play

A closer look shows clearly the passing options in possession and the challenge faced by defenders. Focus on creating space to play forward and movement into spaces to receive advance. Possible progressions could include the 10 is now opposed and so will have to wriggle out of trouble in central areas and 10 and 11 can rotate with 11 dropping off the shoulder to receive in central zone space to play forward.. Be creative!

Key Coaching Points
  • Social | Understand teammates positional play
  • Technical | Penetration passes to break defensive line
  • Psychological| Positive focus, recognising when to be patient and when to play forward quickly
Q&A
  • Is my central player finding the space they need to play forward?
  • How does my constraints influence the game and do we need to amend further?
  • Where are player showing initiative to solve problems witheir own solutions?

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How to Defend Compact as Defending 3 (06-P1)

How to Defend Compact as Defending 3 (06-P1)

  • Attacking Emphasis 75% 75%
  • Defending Emphasis 34% 34%

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See all of Coaching Theme 6: http://go.touchtight.com/skMAa3

 

Set Up

20 x 20 yard for younger age groups, increasing in size with age increase no bigger than 30 x 30. Four players to keep possession on outside of square with two Floaters either end & 1-2 placed centrally, with four Yellows central trying to regain possession. When possession regained Yellows move to outside, Blues become central defending players.

Progression 1

  • Once defenders have gained possession, then now become outside players and switch play.

Progression 2

  • 1 player can step inside off the line, encouraging outside floater to find angles.

Progression 3

  • Central Floater can rotate with outside floater to encourage fluid movement.

Progression 4

  • Central Floater can rotate with outside floater to encourage fluid movement.

Progression 5

  • Central Floater can rotate with outside floater to encourage fluid movement.
Key Coaching Points
  • Players love this possession practice, yet must be disciplined to ensure practice runs smoothly. Once possession lost, there is no immediate regain, players must get to the inside and regain team must move to outside before possession contested.
  • SPACE | Ensure practice area is appropriate for age group, may need to add 5 yard outside zone for younger players
  • TIME | Players have 2 seconds in transition to get inside and outside, change groups every 2-3 minutes, go through groups twice.
  • EQUIPMENT | Need to have a supply of balls with transition regular. 2/3 sets of bibs (4) and flat discs to ensure minimum disruption to session. Ability to finish chances.
  • PLAYER | May want to designate Floater players as those identified as needing to improve in possession. Be creative with numbers 5 v 5 + 2 Floaters?
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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How to Counter Attack From Midfield (02-P1)

How to Counter Attack From Midfield (02-P1)

This Skill practice contains 16 players with a 7 v 7, including GKs, and 2 additional floating players. A 4 v 4 exists in a central area of 25 x 30 yards, with 2 floating players to support, in addition to an attacker and defender for both teams outside of the area. Objective is to break quickly in gaining possession to create an initial 2 v 1 overload in final third to finish. Initial objective is for one team to keep possession whilst other team aims to win possession to counter quickly off their supporting striker in a 2 v 1 in attacking zone.

  • Attacking Emphasis 55% 55%
  • Defending Emphasis 45% 45%

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Assess the movement of Attacking player and the position of Defenders to select the best passing option. Execution and nature of forward passing, with emphasis on accuracy, weight and whether aerial or on the deck, with a focus on staying onside.

 

 

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Assess the movement of Attacking player and the position of Defenders to select the best passing option. Execution and nature of forward passing, with emphasis on accuracy, weight and whether aerial or on the deck, with a focus on staying onside.

 

Progression 1 – 3 v 2 on the Counter Attack

The real focus in the initial stages is how you initiate the counter attack, identifying space to penetrate into the striker. At the same time, we are looking at supporting angles and distances of the most advanced support player when creating the 2 v 1 overload. 

Progression 1 – 3 v 2 on the Counter Attack

On winning possession, teams can now provide 2 supporting runners to link up with the hold up striker with one defender tracking runners, resulting in a 3 v 2 in attacking zone.

Progression 2 | Rotational Movement in Advanced Area

Our final progression now requires our striker to drop in to the possession area to combine as soon as the team wins possession, this triggers a teammate inside the area to make an off the ball run into the attacking zone. Players can finish in a 1 v 1, or our striker can support to create a 2 v 1 to finish.

Key Coaching Points

– Assess movement of A and position of D to select best passing option. Execution and nature of forward passing, with emphasis on accuracy, weight and whether aerial or along ground.

– Remaining on-side. Finishing skills and composure in front of goal between striker and supporting runner.

– Precise control to enable MF’s to play with head up and assess opportunity to play into striker with quality and accuracy.

Q&A

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

How quickly are players supporting strikers on the counter?

How to Penetrate Through The Pivot (01-P3)

How to Penetrate Through The Pivot (01-P3)

Practice 3 of theme 1 Attacking Centrally is designed to develop combinations and rotations in central areas, before penetrating defensive lines. In this 5 v 5, played in a 35 x 25 Yard area, we have a 10 by 10 Yard central zone for our magic player, with whom the possession team must connect with in their build up. Teams must react quickly on the transition, connecting through central areas whilst the opposition are out of shape.

  • Attacking Emphasis 65% 65%
  • Defending Emphasis 35% 35%

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

Key Coaching Point 1: Connecting Play Centrally

Focus on player’s keeping possession and being patient before penetrating with the central target player. The reason for this, is that defenders will simply protect this zone. If they overdo this you can reward the possession team with a goal for 1-0 passes, encouraging defenders to press, leaving space to then connect with the central player. 

Key Coaching Point 2: Manage Defenders Setting High Challenge

A goal is scored after each combination, with players rotating after each successful passage of play. Set the tempo for defenders and reward effective team pressure, i.e. goal for a regain within 3 seconds, 2 goals if 4 or more players work collectively to win the ball back. Really focus on spaces between players in the pressing phase.

Progression 2: Central Player For Possession Team

We progress this by removing the floater and conditioning the possession team to connect through a teammate in the central zone, central players must switch with an opposition player when possession is turned over. With the removal of this additional player, the challenge for the possession team is increased, meaning they have to move the ball quicker and more effectively with increased pressure. 

After each successful combination, rotate with a different teammate dropping into the central zone, ensuring you always have a pivot player to work with.

Key Coaching Points

– Passing quality
– Movement to support
– Speed of rotation
– Managing opposition pressure

Q&A

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

How can central players combine on one touch effectively?

What support can you provide in your teams for this player under pressure?

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