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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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 Effectively (05-P2)

How to Support Attacks Effectively (05-P2)

 

Soccer Practice Organisation / Set Up

This soccer training session is focused on improving support play between players. We position 5 sets of 2 poles with a 3 yard gap between each on a pitch 40 by 40. Objective is for team in possession to combine with a teammate with a pass through a gate, focusing on speed of support, reactions to opposition screening and use of the switch to break defender’s pressure.

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

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Key Coaching Point 1: – Losing Opposition Players

In this 5 v 5, the team wins a game if they can score through 2 poles in 3 touches, or if they keep possession so long that they get down to a single player as the last player standing.

The possession team will lose a player every time they play a succesful combination through the poles, balancing challenge after each goal scored.

Key Point 2: Use Full Space For Switch Of Play

It’s vital that players use this whole space to draw defenders away from possession and from protecting gates. This will provide an option for the passing team to switch play when they are under concerted pressure, but timing to switch is crucial. The team must have 1 player to support this switch of play allowing the pass to be played through the gate and not isolate individual teammates. 

Game Challenge: Player Drops Out After Goal

On scoring, the possession team will have a player drop out of the practice. This will create an overload for the defending team increasing the challenge for the team performing well. Have an individual activity for players who drop out and manage this as a coach effectively.

Game Success: Last Player Standing

To win the game without the quick 3 pass connection through 2 gates, the team must end with a single player. As less and less players are in the practice, you can close off half or a quarter of the pitch to ensure the overloaded defender has a better chance of winning the ball.

Key Coaching Points
  • Tactical | Transition (Dispersal v Immediate Support)
  • Technical | Angles and distances of support
  • Psychological | Recognition of switch to make quick passing opposite side
Q&A

– How are your players using the space effectively?

– Do you need to make the pitch smaller as the play progresses?

– What are players doing that you do not want them to do and how would you address this as a coach?

How to keep Possession in A 4 V 2 Rondo (05-P1)

How to keep Possession in A 4 V 2 Rondo (05-P1)

 

Organisation / Set Up

In this Opposed 4 v 2 practice, possession team must keep the ball in each of the 4 parts within this 20 x 20 area, against 2 defending players who can press to regain in any area.

If defenders win the ball, they can now play a 2 v 1 in a single 10 x 10 area to make 5 passes, before moving into another square to do the same. When attacking team win the ball back, they keep possession the initial 4 v 2 again.

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

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Key Points – Dispersal (Pitch Use)

Players must make full use of this 20 by 20 yard area, keeping the ball moving in each area to keep possession. Dispersal to create space making it difficult to for defenders to win the ball is crucial and gives possession players more time and space to play around defenders. 

Progression 1: Must Split Defenders

When they get they opportunity they must look to split the 2 defenders to score a point as shown. To achieve this, they must look to move defenders apart by keeping the ball on the outside and forcing that pressure. 

Progression 2: 2 Defenders Go 2 v 1 On Regain 

If the 2 whites win the ball, they must make 10 passes in this single area to score a point against a single defender. They must quickly move into a single 10 by 10 yard area and complete these passes under pressure using this smaller space to keep the ball moving.

Progression 3 – Extra Defender Joins After 10 Passes

After 10 passes another defender can press in this small zone to regain quickly creating a 2 v 2, ensuring players are checking shoulders for any pressure that might arrive behind them. As well as checking shoulders, players will increase their level of communication with extra pressure triggered by 10 succesful passes. 

Key Coaching Points: Split Defenders to Break

If players can split the 2 defenders quickly, they can then move into the empty square unopposed, awaiting one of the two remaining defenders to press to regain, repeating the process. How long can the pair keep possession? Set challenges for paired players with 3 teams of 2.

Key Coaching Points

– Short, sharp and concise passing
– Understanding between players of each other’s movement to keep possesson
– Supporting angles to create space and time to keep the ball

Q&A

How can you draw players in to create space?
What is the best passing angle you can provide for your teammate?
How quickly can you win possession to force the possession team to move the ball at pace?

How to Rotate to Create Space in a Rondo (04-P2)

How to Rotate to Create Space in a Rondo (04-P2)

This practice focuses on players rotational movement to create space in a central area, before reacting to winning possession. With a 30 x 30 Yard area and 15 x 15 Yard central area, 4 players keep possession against 2 centrally. 2 defending players who win possession can breakout with 4 outside players to create a 6 v 4 overload. Develop rotational movement between central players and outside players to create space to exploit.

  • Attacking Emphasis 60% 60%
  • Defending Emphasis 40% 40%

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Objective: Rotational Movement to Keep Possession

Central players must rotate every 5 passes, through effective verbal and non verbal communication (e.g. Eye Contact and hand gestures) to move opposition players around.

Coaching Effect: Transition when Possession Won

When Blues win possession, they must now break out into the larger area into a 6 v 4 overload practice. Blues can rotate central players providing more flexibility, yet keeping 2 players in the central area at any one time, with whites pressing on the outside to regain. 

Progression: Add Goals to Add Focus and Challenge

Progress by now introducing 4 goals as shown. Whites can finish in any of the 4 goals on the outside after making 10 passes or splitting 2 defenders. focus on speed of possession transfer as soon as defenders are split.

Key Coaching Point: Initiate immediate possession after goal

Coach must pass a ball in immediately after they score in one of the 4 mini goal to encourage whites to finish in any of the other 3 goals, again by making 10 passes or splitting defenders in the central zone. 

Key Coaching Point: Draw Pressure on the Outside to Switch Play

Objective for Blues when they win possession is to keep the ball on this expanded area to make 10 passes before finishing in the goals themselves. If whites win the ball they take it back to a 4 v 2 in the central area, repeating the challenge to get 10 passes or split both defenders.

Key Coaching Points
  • Tactical | Recognise when to rotate to move opposition players
  • Technical | Passing quality to keep the ball in tight spaces
  • Social | Player understanding of when to move out and replace teammates in space created
Q&A
  • Where is the space on regaining possession and how can you exploit this?
  • How do defenders react with slow possession and when you speed up possession?
How to Attack Centrally Through Rotation |01-P2

How to Attack Centrally Through Rotation |01-P2

This possession practice is a 5 v 5 + GKs, with 2 of those being target players, who players will need to connect with, allowing them to come into play and be replaced by existing possession players during the build up. Below are some key coaching points and progressions that can be applied to different age groups.

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

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Defending teams will attempt to cover these players and so attacking team must work angles and spaces to combine in central areas. It’s crucial that players stay calm in their play and don’t force play, moving defenders away from the space they want to exploit.

Key Coaching Point 1: Playing Through Both Corners 

Movement to create and use space | Go & Show. 1-2 touch combinations – Players must combine with players in each corner before finishing, unless they can make 10 passes to attack goal. Defenders will now need to decide whether to press the ball, or protect corners resulting in them becoming disjointed.

Key Coaching Point 1: Playing Through Both Corners 

Movement to create and use space | Go & Show. 1-2 touch combinations – Players must combine with players in each corner before finishing, unless they can make 10 passes to attack goal. Defenders will now need to decide whether to press the ball, or protect corners resulting in them becoming disjointed.

Progression 1: Rotational Movement Between Zones

Rotational Movement for players in and out of zones to develop increased movement and interchanging of positions. This will encourage positivity for corner players knowing they can now be involved in play. Rotation must be quick however, with a 2-3 second maximum on transition. 

Progression 2: Teammate Rotation Off The Ball

We can now develop interchanging movement of players off the ball to enhance player awareness. The passer can no longer switch with the corner player, this must come from a teammate away from the ball. This also means it is more difficult for the possession team, with one less player for them to connect with during this transfer.

Progression 3: Opposite Side Rotations

The final progression in this practice for now, is a difficult one for younger players to adapt to and so progress with caution. When a combination and rotation is played with a corner player, another teammate must rotate with the player in the opposite corner. This is great to see those players who are switched on and recognise they must play away from the ball. This is super to develop player’s thought processes and encourage them not to keep chasing the ball, fantastic to see how quickly some players adapt to this session.  

Key Coaching Points

– Passing quality
– Change in speed to Penetrate
– First touch to break out of areas
– Game intelligence to use space wisely

Q&A

– How quickly are players picking up the practice?
– What are the issues you are facing as an attacking team?
– Are you able to take your first touch out of the square? How and Why?
– How can this transfer to the game?

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