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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.

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

Changing the Direction of Play – Part 2

By Sean Reed –

Objective

This session focuses changing direction of play. Looking to exploit space, create overloads in order to maintain possession to play forward. Part 2

Session 1

Diagram 1

Set Up

  • Possession 7 v 7
  • Within an area 9 grids of 20x15yds
  • 8 completed passes = a goal
  • Unlimited touches then restrict touches
  • No more than 2 players from each team can be in one grid

Coaching Points

  • Tempo of play
  • Awareness of 1st and 2nd movement
  • Angles of support / distances
  • Body shape to receive
  • End product (type of pass)
  • Communication

Session 2

Diagram 2

Set Up

  • Continue with the previous session
  • A goal is scored when 2 players combine within the same area. Then a pass is completed to another player within another area
  • If players are unable to combine the team continue to keep possession of the ball
  • Restrict the touches to 2-3 touch

Coaching Point

  • Tempo of play
  • Awareness of 1st and 2nd movement
  • Angles of support / distances
  • Timing of movement to support
  • Decision-making to combine or move the ball on
  • Body shape to receive
  • End product (type of pass)
  • In possession make the pitch bigger
  • Communication

Session 3

Diagram 3

Set Up

  • As with the previous session.
  • To score a goal 3 players must touch the ball in the same grid and a completed pass to a player in another grid
  • If players are unable to combine the team continue to keep possession of the ball
  • Unlimited touches then restrict the touches to 2-3 touch

Coaching Points

  • Tempo of play
  • Awareness of 1st and 2nd movement
  • Angles of support / distances
  • Timing of movement to support
  • Decision-making to combine or move the ball on
  • Body shape to receive
  • End product (type of pass)
  • In possession make the pitch bigger
  • Communication

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