COUNTER FROM DEEP| DIRECTIONAL PRACTICE (08-P2)

COUNTER FROM DEEP| DIRECTIONAL PRACTICE (08-P2)

COUNTER FROM DEEP| DIRECTIONAL PRACTICE (08-P2)

See all of Coaching Theme 8: http://go.touchtight.com/Mc9Bxx

 

Organisation / Set Up

This directional practice is the second of Theme 8: Direct Counter From Deep.

With a focus on our midfield player receiving on the back foot to break defensive lines, we develop the timing of forward runs from 3 attackers against 2 central defenders to finish.

Our midfielders first touch will dictate the type of pass played, encouraging the use of both feet.

Progress by repositioning mannequins, changing passing angles as a result.

 

Key Coaching Points

  • Technical | First touch to set for well weighed pass
  • Tactical | See movement in front influencing passing decision
  • Psych | Recognise success and learn strengths of teammates and opposition

 

Progressions & Constraints

Vary player’s touch to influence pass decision

Move mannequins/cones so different passes and runs encouraged.

 

Key Coaching Questions

  • How can I best achieve success with my forward pass?
  • What runs do I need to make?
  • What are my teammates capable of (pass/runs/combinations)?
  • Attacking Emphasis 75% 75%
  • Defending Emphasis 25% 25%

Age Group

Number of Players

Minutes

Key Coaching Points

This develops endurance, whilst also allowing players to improve RWTB and experiment dribbling skills.

Coach must be focused on the capacity of players and alter time that players are working.

Q&A

How could you improve your Running with the ball individually?

Is this a strength or weakness and how are you going to measure improvements during the season?

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COUNTER FROM DEEP| RUNNING WITH THE BALL (08-P1)

COUNTER FROM DEEP| RUNNING WITH THE BALL (08-P1)

COUNTER FROM DEEP| RUNNING WITH THE BALL (08-P1)

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See all of Coaching Theme 8: http://go.touchtight.com/Mc9Bxx

Set Up

Area is set up with a 40 yard width and 36 yard length, which can vary depending on age and number of players (e.g. 15 players requires 5 x 10 yard areas, so 50 yds).

Organisation

Central player will run with the ball to end player, lay off, run around player and receive the other side, before performing a dribble and repeating the action; 1 – 2 minutes rotate.

Key Coaching Points

  • Players to perform dribble after few touches with tight control and then explode to get out of their feet when RWTB. (on 3 minutes)
  • How can you ensure you get your head up on each touch? Important during practice. (on 6 minutes)

Progression 1 | 1-2 Combinations

Play a 1-2 with player at end of dribble before player to receive and repeat opposite end. Developing communication and awareness of pass and touch required.

Key Coaching Points

  • How does this influence your thinking as you approach the end player? (on 9 minutes)
  • How can end players help and ensure your movement around them isn’t hindered? (on 12 minutes)

Progression 2 | Takeover

All players now involved in dribbling, RWTB with takeover after each run, adding competition.

Key Coaching Points

  • What type of communication (verbal/non-verbal) is useful here? (on 15 minutes)
  • Which side does your teammate want the ball, can you work his weaker side alternatively? (on 18 minutes)

Progression 3 | Switch After Dribble

End players now switch with each other in next row, encouraging awareness off the ball. Blue 3 moves to outside after passing to Red 7, sets Blue 2 to lay for Blue to restart.

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

Age Group

Number of Players

Minutes

Key Coaching Points

This develops endurance, whilst also allowing players to improve RWTB and experiment dribbling skills.

Coach must be focused on the capacity of players and alter time that players are working.

Q&A

How could you improve your Running with the ball individually?

Is this a strength or weakness and how are you going to measure improvements during the season?

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DEFENSIVE PRESSURE | RONDO (10-P1)

DEFENSIVE PRESSURE | RONDO (10-P1)

DEFENSIVE PRESSURE | RONDO (10-P1)

Organisation/Set Up

This Rondo is Practice 1 of Theme 10: Defensive Pressure and is based off a 3412 Formation as you can see. This is played in a 20 by 20 Yard area with a 10 by 10 central square for the single player (8) to combine and break the defensive line of 2 midfielders who look to win the ball. Our midfield pair, must avoid being split with a through pass, by not leaving large gaps for the opposition to play through.

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

Age Group

Number of Players

Minutes

Set Up: Combine Through Central Pivot

Progressions: Creating 6 v 3

Progressions: Rotational Movement

Key Coaching Points

Tactical | Keep play on outside, no gaps for pass to be played through

Psych | Recognition of right time to press, being aggressive in decisions

Technical | Apply correct defending technique in pressing phase

Q&A

How can you work together to limit spaces?

When is the right time to press as a pair?

Where are you getting success and how can you maintain this level?

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

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%

Age Group

Number of Players

Minutes

See all of Coaching Theme 5: http://go.touchtight.com/kvpoKz

 

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?

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