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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IMPROVE FINAL THIRD COMBINATIONS | SKILL (07-P3)

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IMPROVE FINAL THIRD COMBINATIONS | SKILL (07-P3)

Organisation/Set Up

Defenders set up either side of the defending third. One defender plays pass into 1 of 2 attackers who attack defender quickly to get shot off against GK. One big goal for Attacking players to attack and 2 mini goals for Defender to attack if they win possession. Pass from each side and rotate attackers and defenders after 4-5 minutes.

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

Age Group

Number of Players

Minutes

Progression & Constraints

3 v 2 Attack v Defence Overload Practice. Focus on movement and timing of forward passes to ensure there is a clear relationship and understanding between attacking players. 

Progression 1: Success Constraint (increase challenge)

If defenders are successful for a certain time period to keep attacking players from getting a successful shot off (e.g. 4-6 seconds) then defenders can introduce an extra player, creating a 3 v 3 outfield situation. This increase in challenge will force attackers to attack quicker or adapt when faced with this balanced situation. 

Key Coaching Points
  • Technical: Running with the ball at defenders and execution of pass and finish.

  • Tactical: Recognise space to exploit with the overload.

  • Physical: Speed to break lines with and without the ball.

Q&A
  • 1 | Where does the space appear in the attacking phase?

  • 2 | How can you move defenders around to create space to attack?

  • 3 | How does the progression influence attacking options?

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HIGH PRESS IN ATTACKING THIRD | OPPOSED (25-P3)

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Set Up

3 teams of 4-6 players in an area 25 long x 15 wide, split into 3 sections. Each of the 3 teams must start in a different playing area, with 1 team keeping possession in one end zone. 2 players press from middle area to win possession and transfer the ball to the opposite end.

Once they win possession, they drop out of central zone and the team who loses possession moves into the central area, with 2 players pressing; this is a quick rotation.

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

Age Group

Number of Players

Minutes

Progression & Constraint 1 | Player Drop To Receive

Opposite end player can drop in to link play to play through, must not stay in area more than 5 seconds – Rotate.

Progression & Constraints 2 | 50 Pass, 4 Ball Transfer

Players keep count of passes and must make 4 passes to transfer the ball to opposite end.

Progression & Constraints 3 | Bounce To Play

Middle players must drop and set possession player to switch and transfer to opposite end.

Key Coaching Points
  • Quick Passing | Spacial Awareness | Speed of Press | Body Shape | Angles
  • Player Focus Great practice to start sessions off after warm up, as elements of competition and quick passing and transfer of the ball, encourages player to work at a high tempo. Compact area encourages players to play quickly and challenges individuals in possession to move the ball quickly under pressure.

    Not much time available here. Get players to focus on giving themselves more time through being ready before transfer; organised. Balls must be prepared at the coaches feet or stationed around the practice, as there will be a lot of transfer of possession.

    Be creative with numbers, decide what you want out of the session, easier defending or attacking and work to those ends. e.g. 4 v 2, 5 v 3, 6 v 4 etc

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Play At Home | Movement To Finish (40-P5)

Play At Home | Movement To Finish (40-P5)

Play At Home | Movement To Finish (40-P5)

Practice 5 of the play at home series, works on individual player’s movement to lose what would be opposition to receive, move the ball and finish quickly. In addition we include finishing and movement practices to enable players to combine these different elements.

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

Age Group

Number of Players

Minutes

Key Coaching Points 1: Movement to receive

Focus on movement off the angle of the pole, check shoulders to develop the habit to check for defenders who will you press you in games and take ball out of your feet on 1 touch to attack space and finish.

Progression 1: Physical Focus (Power / Speed)

After shot, player must sprint to corner and jump hurdles two footed to develop power, before sprinting through ladders using quick feet and then sprint through to the end pole. 

Link to the Game

For older players, think about how these skills can link to their game in whatever position players play in. It’s important that skills are transferrable to the game where they can be applied in a game situaton. 

Key Coaching Points

– Technical: First touch and finishing
– Physical: Body shape to play forward
– Physical: Speed and balance in between stations

Q&A

– How can I move into position quickly to give myself time on the ball?
– How can I maintain technique over hurdles and ladders and maintain speed?

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