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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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Passing and Receiving Warm-up

[from thecoachingmanual.com]

  • a variation on something that is relatively common (circle in-and-out drill) but a variation I like because…
  • …I like the idea of combining with a teammate in traffic and…
  • …a potential progression from 2 or 3 touches to 1 touch, forcing the second / final receiver to move off the ball based on the initial pass
  • could also include a third teammate in the middle and restrict the distance of the passing, e.g. no passes under 7 yards

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Passing Warm-up

[from thecoachingmanual.com]

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Inter Milan Possession Game

[from @ultimateplayerHQ]

  • four squares, maybe 5 x 5 or 10 x 10 (depending on level), each with a mini-goal at the back and in a total 20 x 20 or 30 x 30 grid
  • each square has a player that is restricted to that square; these players work together to maintain possession
  • one player in the middle who has unrestricted movement; this player is trying to win possession
  • if / when the player in the middle wins possession, he attacks the nearest goal / square and tries to score
  • if he scores, he switches with that player [my addition]; if he does not, play resumes
  • progressions:
    • more defenders [great, I suspect, for working on 1st and 2nd defender]
    • limit touches
    • change spacing of zones

ScreenFlow from Ed DeHoratius on Vimeo.

 

Building Player Awareness

[from PlanItCoach and Box Soccer Training]

ScreenFlow from Ed DeHoratius on Vimeo.

 

Sigi Schmid – Developing Players Technically [SCCC 17] – Combination Play Warm-up

    • A series of progressions based on a Y-formation of cones
    • Passes should be made first touch if possible but two touch if necessary. Ok to take a touch to get the ball under control but shouldn’t take unnecessary touches.

This one begins with following the pass and moving the ball upfield.

Untitled from Ed DeHoratius on Vimeo.

This next one adds in a drop-off (#2) before moving the ball upfield.

Untitled from Ed DeHoratius on Vimeo.

This next one adds in further combinations, a bigger drop-off (#6) and a run and pass to space (#s 7 & 8).

Untitled from Ed DeHoratius on Vimeo.

And this last one removes the drop-off for instead a lateral pass (dropped off at an angle rather than a square pass) before the run and pass to space.

  • Body positioning is important: focus on being in position to deliver the next pass quickly and effectively without giving up positioning on the field – with #6 above, that run should be angled backwards rather than square not only to better set up the pass but also to allow the receiver to get back on defense if the pass is intercepted. If that pass is square, it becomes much more difficult for the receiver to get back on defense.
  • These can also be used for conditioning, seeing how many can be done in a given amount of time.
 

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.