Training Session 8-31-2011

Posted: August 31, 2011 in Tactical
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We won our season opener against a rival team at home in front of 295 fans (a good sized crowd for our college).  This session is going to be used to help us prepare for our next opponent, currently the #10 team in the country, who presses a lot in the middle third of the field to create counter attacks.  The boys have been training real hard and are mentally preparing for the long stretch of nationally ranked opponents that we have this month.

Topic: Attacking Out of Pressure

Objective: Help the players recognize when to play a penetrating pass and advance the attack.

3:30 Keepers with GK Coach: Reaction Saves

3:45 Technical Warm-Up: Rectangle Passing

4:00 Technical Activity: Continuous Passing

-Two grids 30×40, two teams per grid with colors.  Each team has one ball.  Teams will pass the ball one touch continuously inside the grid to their teammates.  Be aware of the other team in the grid and play accurate and properly weighted passes.  Progress to sequence passing in teams (1 passes to 2, 2 passes to 3).  Progress by having to pass to player on opposite team.

-Coaching points: Play the ball the way you’re facing.  Head up as the ball travels to you, make your decision before passing.  Get body ready for the ball and next pass.  Move off the ball for one another.

4:15 Small Sided Activity: Four Goal Game

-Two grids 20×30, four gates set up diagonally inside the grid’s four corners.  Two teams of four players, one team waiting to get on.  Teams can score by either passing or dribbling through the gates.  Teams must “open” scoring first by going through a gate, and then they can score for each gate they go through after that as long as they have possession.  Once the lose possession they have to re-open scoring, but score picks up where it left off.

-Coaching points: Move off the ball for teammates to quality passing angles.  Ability to dribble out of pressure and create a quality pass.

4:30 Expanded Activity: Six Goal Game

-Two grids 30×40, six gates along the two end lines.  Two teams of five players, subs waiting at diagonal corners with balls at their feet.  Teams can score by either passing or dribbling through the three gates they are attacking.  Keepers stand behind each end line, they can act as support for their team.  Progress to finding target players before scoring.  Keepers act as target players, have two touches to lay the ball off.  Can only score through the gates off of a lay-off by target players.

-Coaching Points: Pick your head up and advance the ball as soon as possible.  Look for when to penetrate.  Focus on player’s decision making, but encourage them to go forward.  When target players are added focus turns to supporting runs, third man runs, etc.

5:00 Match Play: Middle 3rd 10v10

-Full field with a 40 yard zone running across midfield.  Two teams playing 11v11 including keepers.  All 20 field players have to play within the middle third zone, defending team is allowed to come back and receive the ball from their keeper.  Attacking team is allowed to attack into the attacking third only, no defending.  Progess to allowing defending team to drop and defend the attack.  Progress to open play.

-Coaching Points: Looking for creativity and ability to break the pressure and play a ball through to start the attack.

5:30 Cool Down

  1. Randy McKee says:

    Coach T, I love your site. Can we share links?

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