Category Archives for Drills

1 v 1 + 1 / 2 v 2 + 2

By Sean Reed –

Objective

This session focuses on looking to play forward and support the play in order to combine to finish on goal.

Session 1

Diagram 1

Set Up

  • Working with two groups of 1v1+1
  • 1v1 in the middle
  • 1 player up at each end working either side of the goal
  • 2 small goals on each pitch
  • 30-40yds (l) x 20-25yds (w)
  • Both players in the middle attacking and defending. To score the player in possession must play and combine with the end player (own team) and finish in the goal
  • The player at the end can play be on 1 or 2 touch (the coach can manage this constraint)
  • 1 or 2 touch to finish (the coach can manage this constraint)
  • Players work for approx 60-90secs
  • Rotate players round and between pitches

Coaching Points

  • Creating opportunity to play forward
  • Movement of the target player to receive the pass
  • Change of pace to receive ball back
  • Weight of pass
  • End product in front of goal
  • Defending players stay on their feet prevent forward pass
  • Track and match forward runs

Session 2

Diagram 2

Set Up

  • Combine the two games together to create a 2v2 + 2
  • Attacking players have 2 options with 2 goals to score in
  • Players must score with a combination (any player)
  • Next progression – The goal must be scored from the combination with the 2nd player and not the player who plays the initial forward pass into the target player
  • 1 or 2 touch finish (the coach can manage the constraint)

Coaching Point

  • As within the previous session
  • Timing and type of movement to support the target player
  • Movement off the ball to create passing opportunities
  • Defending players – pressure on the ball / support of 2nd defender to mark, cover and prevent forward pass
  • Tracking players (accountability)

Session 3

Diagram 3

Set Up

  • As with the previous session.
  • The goals are now opposite on the angel. See diagram 3

Coaching Points

  • As within previous sessions
  • Awareness of where and when to change direction of play
  • Matching up and competing with individual battles
  • 1st player to the ball

By Sean Reed
Former First Team Coach of Championship side Fulham FC. Sean is a UEFA A Coach with a Masters in Sport Coaching. He has over 15 years of experience working in professional football from Academy through to First team in the Premiership and Championship.

Web – www.seanjreed.com
Twitter – @SeanJReed

Attacking 3 v 2 with a Recovering Defender

By Sean Reed –

Objective

This session is a continuation of the 3 v 2 activities in previous weeks but now includes an additional defender making a recovery run that will encourage the attacking teams to finish as soon as possible.

Session 1


Diagram 1

Set Up

  • Working within one half of the pitch 5yds inside of the penalty area each side
  • 3 (Attackers) v 2 (Defenders)
  • Attacking players start on cones outlined (with a 2nd set of cones 10yds away from 1st set of cones)
  • Defenders start on the edge of 6yd area
  • 1 defender plays a pass out to one of the attackers (who must play a pass and overlap to attack)
  • Defenders then close the ball down to prevent attacking team from scoring
  • Regardless of the outcome when the ball is out of play the attacking players make a recover run. Increase pace to 1st cone then increase to 2nd cone
  • If you are working with small numbers increase the rest between attacks
  • There are offside’s

Progressions

  • Introduction of 2nd and 3rd Ball (Time limit 8 secs and 6 secs)

Coaching Points

  • 1st touch to play into attacking player then next movement
  • Forward runs, overlapping, running in behind to disrupt defending players
  • Movement to create space and angles of support
  • Creating 1v1 and 2v1 situations
  • Be positive
  • Decision-making in possession drive forward or pass
  • Timing of pass and movement
  • End product / finish on goal
  • Tempo of play to exploit overload and isolate defender
  • Timing of movement of when to come in (high up) or stay wide (deeper)
  • 2nd phase recovering runs
  • Defending players, nearest player up to the ball – looking to reduce size of the pitch
  • 2nd defender supporting distances, body shape on the cover
  • Isolate attacking players – prevent option to play out (especially nearer to goal (keep them going down one side / weaker side)

Session 2


Diagram 2

Set Up

  • As with previous session, but one of the defenders now starts alongside one of the attackers
  • Once the ball has been received by one of the attacking players the defender can make their recovery run

Progressions

  • The attacking player does not have to make a pass, can run with the ball
  • Introduce 2nd & 3rd ball (Limit time 8secs and 6secs)

Coaching Point

  • Attacking player positive with 1st touch
  • Use space available with only 1 defender, move the ball quickly
  • Tempo of play
  • Speed and line of recovery from the defending player
  • 1st defender looking to hold play up allowing the recovering defender to get back in

Session 3


Diagram 3

Set Up

  • As with the previous session.
  • Within this session both 1 defender and 1 attacker will be making recovery and forward runs respectively

Progressions

  • Limit touches in defending half to encourage quick play (use GK)
  • Change the side the players recovering start

Coaching Points

  • As within previous sessions
  • Speed of players joining in (recovery and attacking)
  • Exploit the overload, move the ball quickly, play into space
  • End product

By Sean Reed

Former First Team Coach of Championship side Fulham FC. Sean is a UEFA A Coach with a Masters in Sport Coaching. He has over 15 years of experience working in professional football from Academy through to First team in the Premiership and Championship.

Web – www.seanjreed.com
Twitter – @SeanJReed

3 v 2 Team Exploiting an Overload Next Phase

By Sean Reed –

Objective

This session is developed from the previous 3v2 session going into a 3v2 at both ends. Again the focus can be on both the attacking and the defending, but for this session we are focusing on the attacking side of it.

Session 1

Diagram 1

Set Up

  • Working within one half of the pitch 5yds inside of of the penalty area each side
  • Free zone (Middle area 5yds)
  • 3 v2 + GK each end
  • One team will start with the ball and from the defensive half can play out unopposed
  • One of the attacking players drops into the free zone unopposed to receive the ball
  • Then attack opposed to make 3v2 in attacking area
  • There are offside’s
  • Once the attack has been completed, the ball then starts with the other GK and they play out to attack the other end

Progressions

  • Introduction of 2nd and 3rd Ball

Coaching Points

  • Options to play forward, timing of movement to drop into the free zone to receive the ball
  • Receive the ball on the half turn to play forward
  • Attacking players pull wide, run forward to create space and options
  • Direction of first touch and movement to create space / option
  • Forward runs, overlapping, running in behind to disrupt defending players
  • Movement to create space and angles of support
  • Creating 1v1 and 2v1 situations
  • Be positive
  • Decision-making in possession drive forward or pass
  • Timing of pass and movement
  • End product / finish on goal
  • Tempo of play to exploit overload and isolate defender
  • Timing of movement of when to come in (high up) or stay wide (deeper)

Session 2

Diagram 2

Set Up

  • As above, but within this session if the defenders win the ball, they are looking to play into the forward dropping into the free zone with opposition.
  • If the attacking team regain possession they can continue attacking

Progressions

  • A defender can go into the free zone with the attacking player
  • 1 of the attacking players can recover to make a 3v3

Coaching Point

  • As within previous session
  • Awareness when dropping into the free-zone of defending players
  • Rotation – come out to create space/ option for 2nd attacking player
  • Tempo of play to exploit opportunities
  • Exploit the gap between the 2 defenders

Session 3

Diagram 3

Set Up

  • Going into a 6v6 game
  • The free zone is removed and is replaced with a halfway line
  • There are no restrictions of where the players can go now

Progressions

  • Limit touches in defending half to encourage quick play (use GK)

Coaching Points

  • As within previous sessions
  • Decision-making for the striker to hold up, turn or play
  • Supporting attacking players, movement, forward runs, Get across the front / 3rd man running
  • Balanced defensively when attacking
  • Recovery runs when out of possession

By Sean Reed

Former First Team Coach of Championship side Fulham FC. Sean is a UEFA A Coach with a Masters in Sport Coaching. He has over 15 years of experience working in professional football from Academy through to First team in the Premiership and Championship.

Web – www.seanjreed.com
Twitter – @SeanJReed

Dutch Technical Activities

By Chris Kouns
USSF A License (USSF Coaching Education Instructor) – NSCAA Premier Diploma (NSCAA Coaching Education Associate Staff Coach) – Head Women’s Soccer Coach – Georgia Gwinnett College

Set-Up

These technical stations were set up at GGC when the Dutch Women’s National Team came to Atlanta to play the US. These circuit activities took place the afternoon following the game and included the Dutch National Team players who had not played a significant amount of minutes vs the US.

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Execution

2 minute time blocks. Coaches at each station letting the player know how to complete the station.

Stations

First station: 1 v 1 to small goals. Area for the game was 8 yards wide x 15 yards deep.

FOCUS: Taking chances and attacking at speed

Second Station: Slalom Dribble with a cross into the goal at the mid line. Goalkeeper was in goal and would receive the ball.

FOCUS: Dribbler go through at speed and serve a driven ball in the air to the 6 yard box. Goalkeeper was to attack the ball at high point and extend range.

Third Station: Dribble Fitness with two players moving between the cones. After dribbling across the area and leaving the ball at the opposite cone they would then jog back to get the ball left at their starting cone.

FOCUS: Dribblers would use different surfaces of their feet and work to get across the area on the dribble at full pace.

Fourth Station: There were four cones set up in a 10 x 10 box. Each cone was a different color. In the goal, which was about 20 yards away, there were four targets in the net with corresponding colors to the cones. The player with the ball would dribble to the color cones as they are called out by the coach. When the coach called shot the player would take a big touch from the box and finish to the target with the same color as their last cone.

FOCUS: Increasing cognitive speed and technical speed through the use of color recognition coupled with technical tasks

Fifth Station: There were four cones set up in a rectangle approximately 15 x 5. The player would go through the cones in a combination of sprinting and jogging. Then they would jog to the ball pile, take a big touch across the top of the box and finish against the Goalkeeper.

FOCUS: In the rectangle the player was looking for acceleration and deceleration coupled with sharp changes in direction. After the rectangle the finishing aspect was both technical and mental as they were expected to perform with stressed legs.

By Chris Kouns:
USSF A License (USSF Coaching Education Instructor) – NSCAA Premier Diploma (NSCAA Coaching Education Associate Staff Coach) – Head Coach Georgia Gwinnet College Women’s Soccer (GA)

3 v 2 Attacking

By Sean Reed – 

Objective

This session can focus on both attacking and defending play. The focus for the purpose of this session will be on attacking play and exploiting the overload.

Session 1

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Diagram 1

Set Up

  • Working within the penalty area up towards the edge of the centre circle
  • Each side 5yds inside the penalty area
  • 3 v2 + GK
  • 2 Defenders start on the 6 yard area. A defender will play a diagonal ball to the one of the attackers. Once the ball has been played the defenders will accelerate to get up and defend
  • The attackers set up as a 3 (Using full width). When they receive the ball a pass must be made within 2 touches, then an overlapping run to attack
  • Once a goal has been scored or the ball is out of play the game stops and the next group set up
  • Depending on the number of players after the 1st attack a 2nd and 3rd ball can be played in
  • Offside line included

Progressions

  • On the 2nd and 3rd ball the attacking team are restricted to a time limit (i.e. 6-8 seconds) to get a shot off to encourage speed of play and exploiting overload before recovering defenders (within a game)

Coaching Points

  • Direction of first touch and movement to create space / option
  • Forward runs, overlapping, running in behind to disrupt defending players
  • Movement to create space and angles of support
  • Creating 1v1 and 2v1 situations
  • Be positive
  • Decision-making in possession drive forward or pass
  • Timing of pass and movement
  • End product / finish on goal
  • Tempo of play to exploit overload and isolate defender• Timing of movement of when to come in (high up) or stay wide (deeper)

Session 2

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Diagram 2

Set Up

  • As with the previous set up, but the defender will start in a wider position

Progression

  • Change the side and starting position of the defenders

Coaching Points

  • As within previous session
  • Tempo of play to exploit opportunities
  • Exploit the gap between the 2 defenders

Session 3

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Diagram 3

Set Up

  • As with the previous set up
  • The attackers are set up with 1 central attacker starting higher up
  • When 1 of the wide attacking players receive the ball, within 2 touches a pass must be played into the central striker

Coaching Points

  • As within previous sessions
  • Decision-making for the striker to hold up, turn or play
  • Supporting attacking players, movement, forward runs, Get across the front / 3rd man running

By Sean Reed

Former First Team Coach of Championship side Fulham FC. Sean is a UEFA A Coach with a Masters in Sport Coaching. He has over 15 years of experience working in professional football from Academy through to First team in the Premiership and Championship.

Web – www.seanjreed.com
Twitter – @SeanJReed

Three Team Transition

By Sean Reed – 

Objective

This session focuses on the transition and focusing on the next phase. Looking to exploit and limit opportunities depending on the transition phase.

Session 1

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Diagram 1

Set Up

  • Working with 12 + players
  • Players are split into 3 teams
  • Working with a circle (other areas can be used)
  • Size of the area can be changed depending on challenging the players
  • 1 team starts with the ball in the middle
  • 2 teams start on the outside and are positioned alternately. See diagram 1
  • The team in the middle are looking to play passes between them, once every player as played at least one pass the ball can be played to the outside
  • Going in order team in yellow bibs play to the team in black bibs, who play to the team in red bibs
  • Once a pass has been made to the outside, that team then travel into the middle and the team in the middle replace them on the outside

Progressions

  • The team in the middle remain in the middle for a set period of time (i.e. 1min)
  • The coach can stipulate a specific type of combination for example play a 1-2 or play and overlap with a player from another team
  • Restrict number of touches
  • Change the size of area

Coaching Points

  • Make the pitch big
  • Timing of movements and forward runs
  • Rotation and switching to create passing opportunities
  • Movement and angels of support
  • Next movement / decision to be made with and without the ball
  • Tempo of passing
  • Opportunities to combine and link
  • Acceleration in and out of the area

Session 2

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Diagram 2

Set Up

  • Similar set up as within the previous session
  • For this session 2x teams are in the middle
  • 1 team positioned on the outside
  • 1 team in the middle starts with the ball (goal is scored is a specific number of consecutive passes are made (i.e. 4 or 6)
  • If the team defending wins the ball, they are then looking to score by making passes.
  • The team that has just lost possession must then sprint to the outside area and the team on the outside must then sprint into the area to try and win possession

Progression

  • The team that has lost the ball as the opportunity to win the ball back before the opposition scores. If they can do so, the other team must then leave the area
  • Restrict the number of touches
  • Reduce the size of area

Coaching Points

  • Secure 1st pass
  • Tempo of passing
  • Angles and movement to support the ball
  • In possession make the pitch big
  • 1st touch to open out
  • On turn over – either acceleration out the area or immediate pressure on the ball
  • Focus on the next phase
  • Defend in numbers, deny and control space, limit passing options

By Sean Reed

Former First Team Coach of Championship side Fulham FC. Sean is a UEFA A Coach with a Masters in Sport Coaching. He has over 15 years of experience working in professional football from Academy through to First team in the Premiership and Championship.

Web – www.seanjreed.com
Twitter – @SeanJReed

Defending and Getting Pressure on the Ball

By Sean Reed – 

Objective

This session focuses on defending sessions, working with players in 1v1, 2v2 and 4v4 situations.

Session 1

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Diagram 1

Set Up

  • Working with 12 players
  • Players are working within 3’s
  • Each areas is approx 30 yds x 10yds
  • 2 players will start at either end and 1 player who is defending will start approx 20yds from the player they are defending
  • The ball is played from player (target player) in the red bib, into the player in the black bib and the player in the yellow bib will then close the player in the black bib down. See diagram 1
  • Once the ball has gone past the defending player they can then accelerate to close the attacking player down
  • The attacking player is looking to play a pass back into the target player (can not play the pass 1st time)
  • The defending player is looking to force a mistake, work the ball out of the area
  • The rotation is then – the player who passed (red bib) becomes the defender, the player who was the defender (yellow bib) becomes the attacker and the player who was attacking (black bib) then becomes the player who passes

Progressions

  • The attacking player is looking to dribble across the opposite line
  • Change which side the defending player starts from

Coaching Points

  • Acceleration to get up to the ball
  • Deceleration on approach – manage distances to stop pass forward and adjust if attacking player looks to push past and run
  • Body shape side on and prepared for next movement
  • Get the attacking players head down
  • Use the touch line as another defender
  • Force attacking player onto weaker side when possible
  • Be confident and manage the situation

Session 2

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Diagram 2

Set Up

  • Working with 12 players
  • The area 30yds x 20yds (approx)
  • Players are working in 2’s
  • 2 players passing (target players) 2 players defending, 2 players attacking. See diagram 2
  • 2 v 2 Defending session with the attacking players looking to play a pass into target players
  • The game starts with the target players, as pass is played across and then forward on the angle
  • The defenders positioned approx 20yds from the attacking players can close down once the ball has traveled past them
  • The attacking players must take at least 1 touch before they can play into the target players
  • The rotation continues as within the previous session

Progression

  • Change the starting position of the defenders
  • Add in a rule where both players must touch the ball before playing into target players (if too easy for them)
  • To score attacking players must dribble the ball across the attacking line

Coaching Points

  • As before
  • Nearest player to the ball
  • 2nd Defender – support, cover and prevent forward pass on the angle
  • Position to enable them to get up to the ball when played across to the other attacking player
  • Identify when to track and when to passing players on
  • Avoid getting caught in a straight line
  • Looking to isolate the attacking players

Session 3

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Diagram 3

Set Up

  • Arrow head defending
  • 12 players
  • 3 teams of 4 player
  • 12 grids 5yds x 5yds
  • 2 attacking teams positioned either end. Each player must remain in their grid
  • 1 defending team in the middle grids, they can cross over into their own teams grids
  • The defending team can not enter the grid of an attacking player
  • A goal is scored when one attacking team can play a pass through to the other attacking team (below knee height)
  • Attacking players are restricted to 2 touch
  • Team will defend for approx 60 -90 seconds

Coaching Points

  • Mirroring the movement of the ball
  • Maintain distances
  • Nearest player up to the ball (player in front of them)
  • 2nd, 3rd and 4th defending supporting and covering round
  • Preventing forward passes and being split
  • In a position to adjust and get up to the ball if and when required
  • Communication
  • Switching on if the ball is played through, immediate pressure to help other players recover

By Sean Reed

Former First Team Coach of Championship side Fulham FC. Sean is a UEFA A Coach with a Masters in Sport Coaching. He has over 15 years of experience working in professional football from Academy through to First team in the Premiership and Championship.

Web – www.seanjreed.com
Twitter – @SeanJReed

Switch Point of Attack

By Sean Reed – 

Objective

This session focuses on switching the point of attack with a 10v10 game.

Session 1

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Diagram 1

Set Up

  • 10v10
  • 4 Mini Goals
  • The game is set up in one half of the pitch, full width and half a pitch in length
  • The goals are positioned 5-7yds inside the touch line
  • Balls are set up either end with each of the coaches
  • The two teams set up in their team shape
  • One team starts with possession and the objective is to make 10 consecutive passes
  • The ball always starts with the respective coaches on the outside

Progressions

  • Replace the coaches with GK’s giving the option to come back out
  • Change the touches allowed by each player
  • Change the goal scoring objective to challenge the players

Coaching Points

  • In possession use the full area (make the pitch big)
  • Movement and angles of support
  • Opposite player stay wide to maintain the width and provide the option to switch
  • If the wide player comes in then the FB can push forward
  • Out of possession narrow up and press on the ball

Session 2

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Diagram 2

Set Up

  • 10v10
  • 4 Mini Goals
  • The game is set up in one half of the pitch, full width and half a pitch in length
  • The goals are positioned 5-7yds inside the touch line
  • Balls are set up either end with each of the coaches
  • The two teams set up in their team shape
  • One team starts with possession and the objective is to score in either of the 2 goals they are attacking
  • If they score a goal they retain possession and play from the coach in the defending half
  • A goal can also be scored by making 10 consecutive passes to encourage the opposition to press and look to win the ball
  • The ball always starts with the respective coaches on the outside

Progression

  • Restrict the number of touches
  • Change the number of passes to score a goal
  • 1 touch finish on goal

Coaching Points

  • In possession use the full area (make the pitch big)
  • Movement and angles of support
  • Support providing depth, width and height
  • Opposite player stay wide to maintain the width and provide the option to switch
  • If the wide player comes in then the FB can push forward
  • Players looking to make forward runs
  • Out of possession narrow up and press on the ball

Session 3

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Diagram 3

Set Up

  • 10v10
  • 4 Mini Goals
  • The game is set up in one half of the pitch, full width and half a pitch in length
  • The goals are positioned 5-7yds inside the touch line
  • Balls are set up either end with each of the coaches
  • The two teams set up in their team shape
  • One team starts with possession and the objective is to score in either of the 2 goals they are attacking
  • If they score a goal they retain possession and play from the coach in the defending half
  • A goal can also be scored by making 10 consecutive passes to encourage the opposition to press and look to win the ball
  • The ball always starts with the respective coaches on the outside
  • An offside line is introduced 10-12yds from the goal lines

Progression

  • As within the previous session
  • Change of the offside line, increase the space in behind

Coaching Points

  • In possession use the full area (make the pitch big)
  • Movement and angles of support
  • Support providing depth, width and height
  • Opposite player stay wide to maintain the width and provide the option to switch
  • If the wide player comes in then the FB can push forward
  • Players looking to make forward runs
  • Out of possession narrow up and press on the ball
  • Timing of forward runs – runs from deep
  • Defending team reduce the space between units
  • Communication and getting up to the ball

By Sean Reed

Former First Team Coach of Championship side Fulham FC. Sean is a UEFA A Coach with a Masters in Sport Coaching. He has over 15 years of experience working in professional football from Academy through to First team in the Premiership and Championship.

Web – www.seanjreed.com
Twitter – @SeanJReed