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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

Screen Shot 2017-05-08 at 9.12.35 AM

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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.

 

Attacking with Depth

[from coachestrainingroom.com]

  • a 3 v 3 + 3 (or similar, based on numbers)
  • the 3 v 3 plays in the 18 to goal
  • the +3 start with the ball above the 18
  • the +3 pass to find seams for service or in the defense
  • the 3 v 3 move and attack from the entry pass of the +3
  • the 3 v 3 can pass back to the +3
  • the defense can’t defend the +3

ScreenFlow from Ed DeHoratius on Vimeo.

 

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.

 

Dick Bate – Possession Play Elements [SCCC 17] – Quick-Passing Game

  • Graphic above isn’t exactly what he did (but has its own merits)
  • He showed a 5 v 5 + 2 with a keeper in the middle zone
  • +2 are always playing for the team in the possession
  • Keeper handles balls played into the middle and (re)distributes
  • Progression
  • Keeper out of the middle
  • Middle becomes a basketball ‘lane’: players only allowed in it for 3 seconds
  • Ball does not need to be played into the middle every time, but player cannot be there for more than 3 seconds
  • [point awarded for every successful combination in the middle?]
 

4 v 1 + 4 v 1

[from sportplan.net]

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I would probably add a conditioning piece for the three not passing, plus it makes the transition potentially more difficult, but otherwise interesting.