Category Archives for Drills

Individual Attacking

By David Johnson –

Objective

This session will focus on the attacking player of a 1v1 dual.   The attacking player must be able to control the ball with all surfaces of the foot, understand when and how to shield the ball, and ultimately how to beat the defender.


Diagram 1

Set Up

Position cones in 3 lines with enough room between each cone for players to move around the cone. There has to be a matching number of cones to players. Have each player take a ball and stand next to a cone.

Execution

  • The build up of ball handling and skills begins with each player moving in a circle around the cone next to them.
  • Dribble around the cone with both feet
  • Dribble around the cone with the right foot only
  • Dribble around the cone with the left foot only
  • Roll the ball around with the sole of each foot
  • Use the laces to push the ball around the coneThe first Progression is to move the players into lines at the end of the line of cones as shown in Diagram 2.The players then progress moving either weaving or beside the cones to the other side by dribbling to each cone. At each cone the player preforms a move to evade the defender such as step over, scissors, or mathews. This is where player creativity can shine as the player moves at game speed through the cones.

Diagram 2

The final progression is to split the players evenly across the 2 channels created by the 3 rows of cones.   The players on the left side of the cones are defenders that start play by making a sharp pass to the feet of the attacker on the other side.  The attacker must control the ball and then take on the defender 1v1 in the channel.   The player that wins the ball and takes it to the opposite side of the channel from where they started wins the dual.  The player must have the ball under control in order to win the dual.  See diagrams 3, diagram 4, and diagram 5

Diagram 3

Diagram 4


Diagram 5

Variation

  • The attacker can only use their right or left foot to beat the defender
  • The attacker has to shield the ball for 5 seconds before they are allowed to try to beat the defender.
  • Defender serves a ball in the air by throw-in or lofted pass

Coaching Points

  • Ensure the players have good control and understanding of how to move the ball prior to working 1v1 at game speed
  • Ensure the players understand that possession or not letting the ball being taken easily is more important than moving to the other end of the channel
  • Allow players to be creative in how they take on and beat defenders

By David Johnson

David Johnson has been a high school coach for more than 20 years.

Working the Ball into Wide Areas

By Sean Reed –

Objective

This session will develop from the previous session.

Set Up – 1st Phase


Diagram 1

Set Up

  • Working within 2 penalty areas plus 5yds in length and 5yds wide either side
  • 2x teams with 2x goalkeepers
  • When the team is in possession a player from that team can go into the wide channel (unopposed) during the build up play. They can only go into the middle area of the channel.
  • They are restricted to 2 touches. They can only receive the ball in the middle of the channels and use 1 touch to take it into the end zone. Otherwise they keep possession by playing back into the team in possession
  • Only one player from each team can go into the channel. Both channels cannot be occupied when the team is in possession.
  • If a goal is scored from a cross then the team are awarded 2 goals, whereas a goal scored from within the pitch area a team is awarded 1 goal (this can be changed depending on what the coach wants to implement)
  • Restriction of touches can also be placed on the 2 teams

Coaching Points

  • Tempo of play
  • Angle of support
  • Timing of movement
  • 1st touch
  • Cross from wide areas
  • Timing of movement to attack the ball

Set Up – 2nd Phase


Diagram 2

Set Up

  • As with the previous session
  • Within this session if an attacking player goes into the wide channel a player from the opposing team can go out to create a 1v1.
  • The attacking players is on unlimited touches
  • Once the ball is lost or out of play both players return to the central area

Coaching Point

  • As with previous session
  • Nearest defender getting out to the ball
  • Getting up to the ball to stop the cross
  • In possession be positive and use the space (when available) behind the defender

Set Up – 3rd Phase


Diagram 3

Set Up

  • As with the previous sessions
  • An additional line has been added down the centre of the pitch
  • Within this session all the channel lines are removed and the players are provided with a free rain to manage the area how they want
  • It is an opportunity to see whether players carry on with what they have learnt from the previous session with the constraints

Coaching Points

  • As with previous sessions
  • Identifying opportunities to switch the play
  • Range of pass
  • Pressure on the ball and tracking runner
  • 1st contact on 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

Working the Ball into Wide Areas

By Sean Reed –

Objective

This session will focus on creating opportunities to play into wide areas and to finish in front of goal

Set Up – 1st Phase


Diagram 1

Set Up

  • Working within 2 penalty areas plus 5yds in length and 5yds wide either side
  • 2x teams with 2x goalkeepers and 2 neutral players in wide areas
  • The 2x wide players operate and remain within the wide channels. They are playing for which ever team is in possession
  • The 2x wide players can work up and down within the channels and are restricted to 2 touches. They can only receive the ball in the middle of the channels and use 1 touch to take it into the end zone. Otherwise they keep possession by playing back into the team in possession
  • If a goal is scored from a cross then the team are awarded 2 goals, whereas a goal scored from within the pitch area a team is awarded 1 goal (this can be changed depending on what the coach wants to implement)
  • Restriction of touches can also be placed on the 2 teams

Coaching Points

  • Tempo of play
  • Angle of support
  • Movement to receive the ball
  • 1st touch
  • Cross from wide areas
  • Movement to attack the ball

Set Up – 2nd Phase


Diagram 2

Set Up

  • As with the previous session
  • A half way line has been included on the pitch
  • The ball played into the wide area can only be played from within the attacking area
  • This will allow the defending time to implement a tactic to try and prevent this
  • The coach can specified a number of passes to be completed before the ball can be played into the wide area

Coaching Point

  • As with previous session
  • Defending team can look to press high up the pitch to prevent the team in possession playing out into wide areas
  • Attacking team getting across the front post, middle and far post
  • Timing of runs and movements to lose marker and attack the ball

Set Up – 3rd Phase


Diagram 3

Set Up

  • As with the previous sessions
  • An additional line has been added down the centre of the pitch
  • The condition is now that the ball to be played out wide must be played from the opposite half of the pitch. If a pass is played to the near side then the ball is played back into the area

Coaching Points

  • As with previous sessions
  • Identifying opportunities to switch the play
  • Range of pass
  • Pressure on the ball and tracking runner
  • 1st contact on 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

Transition and Overload

By Sean Reed –

Objective

This session will focus on the transition from an attacking phase to a defending phase with an overload.

Set Up – 1st Phase

Diagram 1

Set Up

  • 12 Outfield players and 2 Goalkeepers
  • The pitch is 2x penalty boxes with an extra 5yds
  • Team in Red bibs start with 3 players each side of the post
  • Team in Black bibs with 2 players to the side and the other 4 (2 either side of the post)
  • Player on the side plays a pass from the 1st pole into the GK’s feet then makes run past the 2nd pole to receive the ball from the GK
  • Player takes a 1st touch to set for a finish, then strikes on goal

Coaching Points

  • Quality of pass into GK
  • Movement and angle of support
  • 1st touch to create shooting opportunity
  • Finish on target

Set Up – 2nd Phase

Diagram 2

Set Up

  • The player who has just taken the shot is now required to defend 2v1
  • (Team in Red Bibs) 1st player plays a pass into a 2nd player, then makes an overlapping run round to support
  • The 2v1 are attacking and looking to finish on goal
  • If the defending player wins possession then they can look score
  • This phase ends with either a goal, in GK’s hands or ball out of play

Coaching Point

  • Switch of mindset Attacking to defense
  • Defender player try to isolate player in possession of the ball and keep them going away from goal
  • Attacking players play quickly
  • Forward runs to create passing opportunity
  • Positive in 1v1 situation
  • End product on target

Set Up – 3rd Phase

Diagram 3

Set Up

  • From a 2v1 to a 2v2 situation
  • (Team in black bibs) Player on the post must play a pass before attacking
  • (Team in red bibs) switch of mindset from defense to attack

Coaching Points

  • Play quickly to exploit the mindset and unprepared nature of the opposition
  • Be positive and direct in attacking area
  • Create space and shooting opportunities
  • Forward movement to create situations
  • Look to create 2v1 or 1v1 in attacking favour
  • Defending maintain supporting and covering distances and angles
  • Avoid being isolated
  • Keep the attacking player going away from goal

Set Up – 4th Phase

Diagram 3

Some Coaching Points

  • As within the previous phases

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 3 + 3 Rondo

By Sean Reed –

Objective

This session will involve a 3v3 + 3 Ronda practice. Focusing on the movement to support the ball, playing on angles and tempo of play.

Encouraging the players to play in the future and prepare for the 2nd movement and phase.

Session 1

Diagram 1

Set Up

  • 9 Players
  • 3 teams of 3 players in each
  • 1 team inside the middle of the area and 2 teams on the outside of the area (player positioned alternately)
  • Different shapes can be used for the area. See Diagram 1
  • The team in the middle combine (every player must touch the ball) then play out to another team and follow their pass out
  • The team two teams switch (red outside and yellow inside).
  • Restriction on touches (1-3 touch)

Coaching Points

  • Communication
  • Awareness prior to receiving the ball
  • Body shape and 1st touch
  • 2nd movement to support
  • Type of pass
  • 2nd phases to switch in and switch out

Session 2

Diagram 2

Set Up

  • 9 Players
  • 3 teams of 3 players in each
  • 1 team inside the middle of the area and 2 teams on the outside of the area (player positioned alternately)
  • The team in the middle combine (every player must touch the ball) then play out to another team and follow their pass out
  • The team two teams switch (red outside and yellow inside).
  • Restriction on touches (1-3 touch)
  • 2nd ball is being played amongst outside players
  • The 2nd ball must remain with the outside players only

Coaching Point

  • Communication
  • Awareness prior to receiving the ball
  • Body shape and 1st touch
  • 2nd movement to support
  • Type of pass
  • 2nd phases to switch in and switch out
  • Awareness of the 2nd ball

Session 3

Diagram 3

Set Up

  • 9 Players
  • 3 teams of 3 players in each
  • 1 team inside the middle of the area and 2 teams on the outside of the area (player positioned alternately)
  • The 2 teams on the outside are keeping possession from the players in the middle
  • If the players in the middle win possession, they switch with the team that just gave possession away
  • For example, yellow bib team gives the ball away to red bib team who keep possession between themselves and the black bib team. The yellow team come into the middle to become defenders
  • The size of area and the time limit is managed by the coach

Coaching Points

  • Communication
  • Awareness prior to receiving the ball
  • Body shape and 1st touch
  • 2nd movement to support
  • Type of pass
  • Transition from defending to attacking and attacking to defending

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

1 v 1 and Playing Out

By Sean Reed –

Objective

This session will work on 1v1 playing into target players. Focusing on working with the player attacking and defending, combining with other players and movement to receive the ball to support the player in possession.

Session 1

Diagram 1

Set Up

  • 6 Players
  • 1v1 in the middle and 2 players from each team behind a gate
  • Pitch 20-30yds wide x30-35yds long. See Diagram 1
  • 5yd area each end where the players in the middle are required to score within
  • Objective is for the player in possession is to score by playing a pass from within the 5yd area to a target player and successfully receiving the back. Then be able to achieve that will the other target player
  • If the defending player wins possession they then become the attacking player
  • The target players can be on 1 touch, but this can be changed dependent on the level
  • The size and shape of area can be changed
  • Players switch in the middle after up to 90secs depending on physical outcome

Coaching Points

  • Positive in possession
  • Encourage creativity and willing to try new skills
  • Looking to work the defender, get them off balance to create an opportunity to get pass them
  • Selection of end product
  • Quality of end product
  • Movement to support next pass

Session 2

Diagram 2

Set Up

  • As with the previous session. See session and diagram 1
  • The target players can now move from one gate / goal to another on their side
  • The target player for the defending player can also move between the two gates / goals and can prevent the pass being played through by just being in the gate / goal (no contact on the ball required)
  • The restrictions can then progress to where the defending player can mark, intercept and tackling the target player
  • The target player then has to work a passing opportunity

Coaching Point

  • As with the previous session
  • Timing and type of movement
  • Tracking of players
  • Awareness of where and when to pass

Session 3

Diagram 3

Set Up

  • As within the previous two sessions
  • Within this session when the attacking player plays a pass to the outside player they will then switch positions. The target player will dribble/run with the ball into the area and the attacking player will then go on the outside to become the target player
  • It is important to manage the time players spend in the middle and outside, so the coach may need to intervene at times to force the switch

Coaching Points

  • As within previous session
  • Accelerate when switching positions
  • (Taking the ball off line) First touch to take away from where the ball has just come from

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

Shielding to Score

By Sean Reed –

Objective

This session continues on from the last session, focusing on protecting the ball under pressure in front of goal. This session can be progressed in a number of different ways which allows the coach to make it specific to the needs of their attacking players.

Session 1

Diagram 1

Set Up

  • Working within penalty area: width of the 6yd box
  • Players include GK, 1x Defending Player, 1x Attacking Player and 2 players serving (resting)
  • Objective for the attacking player is to score
  • Objective for the defending player is to prevent the attacking player from scoring
  • Servers start the game, they are restricted to 1 or 2 touch
  • The attacking player can use the servers but can not immediately play back to the same player who played the pass into them
  • Initially the servers are looking to play into feet of the attacking player
  • 5-6 attempts then switch
  • Change the starting position of the servers, playing a range of different types of passes into the attacking player
  • Encourage the defending player to prevent the attacking player turning – tight and apply pressure
  • Offside line

Coaching Points

  • Movement to receive the ball
  • 1st Touch to protect or create initially opportunity
  • Manipulation of the ball
  • Distance from the ball – getting between man and ball
  • Body shape (balance + strength)
  • Use of body to protect the ball
  • Adjustment and movement
  • Awareness of opposition player
  • Managing space and area
  • End product on goal

Session 2

Diagram 2

Set Up

  • Working within penalty area: to the right of the goal within a channel. See diagram 2
  • Players include GK, 1x Defending Player, 1x Attacking Player and 2 players serving (resting)
  • Objective for the attacking player is to score
  • Objective for the defending player is to prevent the attacking player from scoring
  • Servers start the game, they are restricted to 1 or 2 touch
  • The attacking player can use the servers but can not immediately play back to the same player who played the pass into them
  • Initially the servers are looking to play into feet of the attacking player
  • 5-6 attempts then switch
  • Change the starting position of the servers, playing a range of different types of passes into the attacking player
  • Encourage the defending player to prevent the attacking player turning – tight and apply pressure
  • Offside line

Coaching Point

  • Movement to receive the ball
  • 1st Touch to protect or create initially opportunity
  • Manipulation of the ball
  • Distance from the ball – getting between man and ball
  • Body shape (balance + strength)
  • Use of body to protect the ball
  • Adjustment and movement
  • Awareness of opposition player
  • Managing space and area
  • End product on goal – Left foot across the goalkeeper
  • End product on goal – Right foot open out far post or near post depending on the position of the GK

Session 3

Diagram 3

Set Up

  • Working within penalty area: to the right of the goal within a channel. See diagram 3
  • Players include GK, 1x Defending Player, 1x Attacking Player and 2 players serving (resting)
  • Objective for the attacking player is to score
  • Objective for the defending player is to prevent the attacking player from scoring
  • Servers start the game, they are restricted to 1 or 2 touch
  • The attacking player can use the servers but can not immediately play back to the same player who played the pass into them
  • Initially the servers are looking to play into feet of the attacking player
  • 5-6 attempts then switch
  • Change the starting position of the servers, playing a range of different types of passes into the attacking player
    The servers can play between each other
  • Encourage the defending player to prevent the attacking player turning – tight and apply pressure
  • Offside line

Coaching Points

  • Movement to receive the ball
  • 1st Touch to protect or create initially opportunity
  • Manipulation of the ball
  • Distance from the ball – getting between man and ball
  • Body shape (balance + strength)
  • Use of body to protect the ball
  • Adjustment and movement
  • Awareness of opposition player
  • Managing space and area
  • End product on goal – Right foot across the goalkeeper
  • End product on goal – Left foot open out far post or near post depending on the position of the GK

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

1 v 1 Protecting the Ball

By Sean Reed –

Objective

This session focuses on working players on managing a 1v1 situation where they are required to protect the ball whilst under pressure from a defending player.

Session 1


Diagram 1

Set Up

  • Working within an area 5-7yds x 5-7yds
  • 1v1 in the area
  • A ball on top of the cone
  • 1 player is the attacking player
  • 1 player is the defending player
  • The defending player is looking to knock the ball off the cone
  • The attacking player is looking to protect (legally) the ball from being knocked off the cone

Coaching Points

  • Distance from the ball – getting between man and ball
  • Body shape (balance)
  • Use of body to protect the ball
  • Adjustment and movement
  • Awareness of opposition player
  • Managing space and area

Session 2


Diagram 2

Set Up

  • Working within an area 5-7yds x 5-7yds
  • 1v1 in the area
  • 1 player is the attacking player
  • 1 player is the defending player
  • The defending player is looking to win possession of the ball
  • The attacking player is looking to maintain possession of the ball for as possible
  • If the defender win possession of the ball or the ball goes outside the area. The roles change
  • Objective is to maintain control of the ball for the most length of time

Coaching Point

  • Distance from the ball – getting between man and ball
  • Manipulating the ball whilst under pressure
  • Body shape (balance)
  • Use of body to protect the ball
  • Adjustment and movement
  • Awareness of opposition player
  • Managing space and are

Session 3


Diagram 3

Set Up

  • Working within an area 5-7yds x 5-7yds
  • 1v1 in the area with 2 players from each team on either side of the area
  • 1 player is the attacking player
  • 1 player is the defending player
  • Players on the outside are restricted to 1 touch only and can only play into their relevant player
  • The attacking player in the middle is looking to work the ball from one end to the other, they can only pass the ball to the outside player once and then they must work the ball to the other player

Coaching Points

  • Distance from the ball – getting between man and ball
  • Manipulation of the ball
  • Body shape (balance)
  • Use of body to protect the ball
  • Adjustment and movement
  • Awareness of opposition player
  • Managing space and area
  • Receiving the ball under pressure
  • Managing pressure on the 1st touch

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