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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

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