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‘Variable’ Goal Game [mine]

[I was looking for this and couldn’t find it, so I either have never written it up or didn’t categorize it very well.]

I find this a great way to teach and assess adapting to changes in play and changing the point of attach, as well as focusing on specific kinds of attacks (crosses, 1 v 1s, overloads, etc.), all of which can be easily incorporated into the game.

  • I’ve usually done this with three goals in a slightly shortened half field, but any number more than two would do (though I suspect anything more than four or five would become unwieldy; with that said, the more goals involved, the more the game emphasizes the mental aspect).
  • (The shortened half field is because I usually only have one full-size goal, and so I pull the cone goals away from midfield.)
  • Can be played with any kind of goals, but preferably different types, e.g. one full size plus Pug-nets, etc.

 

  • Each goal is numbered 1, 2, and 3. I usually start with the full-sized goal as 1 and move clockwise from there.
  • Teams of between five and eight depending on size of field. Can be played with more than two teams but this can get unwieldy.
  • Essentially a game of keep away.
  • As play develops, the coach ‘activates’ one of the goals by calling out the number.
  • Once a goal is activated, the game is live: the team with the ball attacks and the team without defends.
  • The live game can go as long as the coach wants, i.e. it can go back to keep away once the attacking team loses possession or the defending team can attack the activated goal if they gain possession.
  • The game goes back to keep away and the coach continues to ‘activate’ goals throughout.

 

  • You can see how the activation of goals can create specific situations in the natural flow of play.
  • If, say, everyone is focusing on goal #1, I can activate one of the other goals to force them to change the point of attack quickly.
  • If two players find themselves isolated, I can activate the nearest goal to create a 1 v 1 situation and talk about both offensive and defensive support.
  • If the ball ends up on a wing, I can activate the full goal to focus on crosses and/or wing play.
 

4 v 2 to 1 v 1

ScreenFlow from Ed DeHoratius on Vimeo.

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Defensive Pressure

Just thought of this one myself. We had some issues getting out of the back quickly enough, and I was looking at various transition games. This isn’t quite transition but might make a good first step. (And I forgot to add the ball to the illustration.)

  • grid maybe 20 x 15 with evenly spaced cones along the sideline
  • 3 v 2 (or similar; numbers are variable), each starting on opposite lines
  • defenders serve to attackers
  • attackers’ goal is to dribble across the opposite line
  • but they get a point for each sideline cone they pass (so, say, the full goal is worth 4)
  • should / hopefully focus on speed of attack and speed of defending / organizing because the attackers start scoring quickly
  • emphasize that attackers should not attack in straight lines only
  • defenders can attack the opposite goal if they win possession

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Attacking Overload Handball

[from thecoachingmanual.com]

  • an interesting variation on handball
  • I think I like the no restrictions on offense, zones on defense rule
  • I do like, though, the application of zones to handball

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Sigi Schmid – Developing Players Technically [SCCC 17] – Games to Encourage Combination Play

 

Chris Gbandi – Transition from Defending to Attacking – 2 v 2 + 3 v 3

  • 2 v 2 in a small box with defending team starting with the ball
  • When attacking team wins the ball in the box, it plays out of the box to its team on the outfield
  • The game is then live
  • Progression
  • Shift the square / 2 v 2 to a corner (rather than centered) and focus on switching the field as the team builds out of the back

Untitled from Ed DeHoratius on Vimeo.

Untitled from Ed DeHoratius on Vimeo.

 

Chris Gbandi – Transition from Defending to Attacking [SCCC 17] – 6 v 3 Transfer Box

  • Pretty small space, maybe 15 wide by 30 deep (the half where they begin)
  • The three try to dispossess the six, and, when they do, pass to their teammates in the other zone
  • Three then of the dispossessed team shift into the other zone and play continues