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

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