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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

Changing the Direction of Play

By Sean Reed –

Objective

This session focuses on changing direction of play. Looking to exploit space, create overloads in order to maintain possession to play forward. Part 1

Session 1

Diagram 1

Set Up

  • This session can be carried out with different numbers within each team. For the session above the we are using 2 teams of 7
  • The area consists of 9 grids, which are 20x15yds each
  • 1 ball for each team
  • The initial session looks at players passing and moving
  • The only constraint on the session is that no more than 2 players (of the same team) can occupy a single grid
  • Start with unlimited touches then restrict touches (2-3 touch)
  • Then add once a player has played a pass they must then move to a new grid

Coaching Points

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

Session 2

Diagram 2

Set Up

  • Continue with the previous session
  • The constraint within this session is no more than 2 players (on the same team) in one grid
  • Players must combine before the ball can be switched to another grid
  • Once the ball has been played outside the grid, players then move to another area
  • Change the restriction on touches

Coaching Point

  • Continue with the previous session
  • Timing of support for player in the grid receiving the 1st ball
  • Rotation with players coming out of area for a new player to come in
  • Provide options short and long

Session 3


Diagram 3

Set Up

  • As with the previous session.
  • The constraints remain with no more than 2 players (from the same team) in one grid
  • The ball played from one grid to another cannot be played into a grid that is next to it. It must miss a grid out. See diagram 3
  • Encourage the players to play short (to combine), then play long to switch the direction and exploit the space
  • Making the pitch bigger and wider
  • The player receiving the ball is on 1 touch which will encourage players to support the player receiving and manage their movement and timing of runs

Coaching Points

  • As within previous sessions
  • Providing options to go long, movement away from the ball
  • Type of pass, driven, lofted etc
  • 1st touch to set
  • Timing of run to support the player receiving 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

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