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Individual Finishing – Shooting Quickly

By Sean Reed – 

Objective

This is a finishing session for individual players working on quick finishing in around the area.

1st Ball – Receiving ball from Player (1) to finish

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Diagram 1

Set Up

  • Set up please see diagram 1: one player working, receiving three different types of passes. Player (1) and (2) 5 – 10yds outside the area serving the player working to get a finish within two touches. Player (3) delivers a cross from a wide area.
  • Mannequins, poles or cones can be used to challenge the players 1st touch before shooting.
  • 1st Ball: Player working starts in the area, makes a movement to receive the 1st ball from Player (1), must be outside the area to receive the ball. When they receive the ball they are looking for their 1st touch to take them in the area to get a shot off.
  • 2nd Ball: The next movement is to then receive a pass from Player (2), again must receive outside the area. See diagram 2
  • 3rd Ball: Player (2) plays a pass into Player (3), who must go past the mannequin before putting a cross into the area for the player working to finish. See diagram 4
  • 3rd Ball: Is import for the player working to hold their movement and time their run off the wide player (avoid getting in there to early and just standing)
  • The players then switch positions. Depending on time, when the sessions takes place or the physical out come the coach can decide on the number of times the players go through.

Progressions

  • When receiving from Player (1) or (2) the player working can use their 1st touch to play the pass back into Player (1) or (2) for them to then play a pass into space for the player working to get a 1st time shot off. See diagram 3
  • Depending of whether you want a physical outcome recovery runs can be introduced after the 3rd finish. See diagram 3 or 4
  • You can introduce a passive defender (i.e. a coach if limited players or additional player if available). See diagram 5

Coaching Points

  • Movement to receive the ball
  • Body Shape to receive the ball
  • Awareness of space behind before receiving the ball
  • 1st touch to set for the shot (out of feet)
  • Chase 2nd touch down to get a finish off
  • On target with finish
  • Next phase, awareness and movement – switching focus after shot
  • Timing of run for the cross, avoid getting in their too early

2nd Ball – Receiving the ball from Player (2)

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Diagram 2

1st or 2nd Ball – Playing a 1-2 for the ball to be played into space

 

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Diagram 3

3rd Ball – Wide player combines to deliver a cross

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Diagram 4

Progression: Introduce a passive defender

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Diagram 5

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.

Linkedin – www.developmentofplayers.com
Twitter – @SeanJReed

Combining to Finish

By Sean Reed – 

Objective

The session is a finishing session with players combining, finishing from angles and attacking a cross.

This session can be done with a small group of players or with players looking to do some extra work after training.

1st Ball – For player 1 to combine and finish on goal

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Diagram 1

Set Up

  • The session is carried out in around the edge of the area. You can work for a period of time or a number of shots one side (right side) then move across to the other side (left side)
  • Working in pairs.
  • A player out wide working on their crossing. Depending on the number of players or coaches available. The wide player can combine for the cross or run with the ball before a cross (if on their own).
  • If there are more players working on their crossing you could set up players both sides and alternate the crossing
  • 2 cones or a mannequin can be used to combine round
  • Player (1) plays a pass into the coach who then plays a pass back for player (1) to receive, drive forward and take a shot off. See diagram 1
  • After player (1) shots, player (1) will take up a position near the cones or mannequin to receive the next pass from player (2) to play a 1-2 for player (2) to get a finish. See diagram 2
  • After both players have had a shot, the next movement is to then attack a cross from wide areas. See diagram 3
  • The wide player combines with the coach or other wide player or runs with the ball beating a mannequin (if working on their own) and delivers a cross. If there are wide players from both side, the opposite wide player can attack the cross from the back post
  • If required you can add a recovery run if a physical element wants to be achieved. These can be included as either part of the work or a pair fails to score at least one goal

Coaching Points

  • First touch to break the line
  • Change of pace to get onto the ball
  • Shoot across the goal keeper – far post
  • Hit the target with the strike
  • 2nd Movement: awareness of where to support and receive the ball
  • Movement and positive being run for the cross
  • Timing of runs – avoid getting into early. Use the wide players head, when they look down to cross as a trigger point Must get one player across the front post

2nd Ball – For player (2) to combine with player (1) to create a shooting opportunity

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Diagram 2

3rd Ball – Wide player combines to deliver a cross

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Diagram 3

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.

Linkedin – www.developmentofplayers.com
Twitter – @SeanJReed

Finishing Combinations in Threes

By Sean Reed – 

Objective

A session to work with players to combine to finish, and making runs in the 2nd phase to finish from a cross.

1st Ball

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Set Up

  • Working in 3’s with 1 player out wide to deliver a cross. Depending on numbers you can have 2 players out wide to combine or 1 player each side to alternate.
  • The players’ work in 3’s to combine to finish. Within the diagrams are options of how to develop this, but there is scope for the coach or the player to change the type combinations and runs they make.
  • As in diagram 1 the mannequins or poles are 5yds outside the area. One player starts in between the two mannequins (poles) and the other two players start deeper (almost like a triangle).
  • 1st Ball: The practice starts with the ball being played from the coach into Player (1) starting deep. 1st ball into the striker (player 3), who sets it back to the 2nd deepest player (2), who then plays a pass into the path, past the mannequin (pole) for player (1) to make his run from deep onto the ball. Player (1) will either look to strike it first time or take a touch to set themselves up for the shot. The sequence of passes 1, 2 + 3 are illustrated within diagram 1
    • The mannequins (poles) can also represent the offside line to encourage the player from deep to time their run.
    • Plus the starting position can be from either side depending on whether players want to work on their left or right side.
  • 2nd Ball: Player (2) now receives the ball from the coach who then plays a pass into the striker (Player 3) to combine. Looking to receiving a pass the other side of either mannequin (pole) for player (2) to run onto to take a touch to break the line or striker first time for a finish on goal. See diagram 2 for the sequence and movement
  • 3rd Ball: The striker (player 3) pulls off on the angle onto one of the mannequins (pole). On the half turn the player receives a pass from the coach to create a shot on goal. See diagram 3
  • 4th Ball: Once the 3rd ball has been finished players will recover back goal side of the mannequins (poles). 2 of the players will then combine and play a pass out to the wide player. See diagram 4
    • The wide player looks to work the ball past the mannequin and deliver a cross into the area.
    • The 3 attacking players make their runs into the area to get a finish on goal. See diagram 4
  • Encourage players to be creative with their movement and link up play

Coaching Points

  • Movement prior to receiving the ball
  • Communication
  • Body shape when receiving the ball
  • Receiving on the back foot
  • Weight of pass
  • Decision to play 1st time or take a touch
  • 1st touch to break then line and create a shooting opportunity
  • Timing of run (staying onside)
  • Link up / combination play
  • Finishing on target and across the keeper
  • Reaction and movement for the 2nd phase
  • Timing of runs for the cross, must get a player across the front post, which will allow for the pull back. Player at the far post avoids getting into too early
  • As head drops for the wide player to cross, players in the area positive with their movements

2nd Ball

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3rd Ball
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4th Ball
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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.

Linkedin – www.developmentofplayers.com
Twitter – @SeanJReed

Circle Work – Part 2

By Sean Reed – 

I wanted to continue from my last article looking at combinations within the circle work.

Objective: Session 1

Working on combination play within the circle and playing out the circle

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Set Up

  • The group is split into 2 teams (3 players from each team start in the middle + this will leave 5 players around the outside of the area). Alternate the players from each team
  • Size of area can change (bigger area will increase space and range of passing and the smaller area will limit the space, and challenge the players)
  • 1 ball for each team. The ball start with the players in the middle of the circle
  • Every player in the middle must touch the ball before it is played to the outside players
  •  Player (1) plays a pass into Player (2), who then plays a pass to a player either side of him, for example Player (3).
  • Player (1) will switch to the outside, Player (2) will make a forward run into the circle to receive the pass from Player (3)
  • Player (1) will make his run towards Player (2) to encourage the 1-2 to be played
  • When the ball is played from a player on the outside, that player cannot be the one to play the final pass out in that 1st sequence. (In other words they can’t come into the circle then be the 1st one to go out again)
  • Duration of time will be down to the coach and objective

Coaching Points

  • Distance of 1st pass
  • Acceleration toward the outside player
  • Peripheral awareness and decision making in which outside player to combine with
  • Tempo and type of passing
  • Playing in front for the player to run onto
  • Decision whether to play 1 or 2 touch
  • Distances / balancing off in the middle

Objective: Session 2

Continuing from session 1 introducing a new combination

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Set Up

  • As within the previous session
  • Player (1) plays a pass into Player (2) on the outside. Player (2) then plays a pass back into Player (1) (then makes a forward run into the circle to encourage the pass) See Diagram 2
  • Player (1) then plays the ball either side of Player (2), in this case Player (3), who plays the pass into the path of Player (2) making a forward run. See Diagram 2
  • Player (1) finishes up on the outside of the circle
  • 3 Players in the middle to all make contact with the ball before it is played out

Coaching Points

  • As within the previous session
  • Forward runs to encourage the pass
  • Tempo of passing to enable combination to be carried out
  • Distances
  • Awareness and communication
  • Use the space, don’t kill the space

Objective: Session 3

3rd Combination within this practice

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Set Up

  • As within the previous session
  • The build of the combination is the same as in the previous session.
  • Player (1) plays a pass into Player (2), on the outside, Player (2) then plays back to Player (1) who then plays into Player (3) or could be either player either side of Player (1)
  • Player (2) then makes a movement (an overlapping run) past Player (3), who plays the ball into the path of Player (2)
  • Player (1) then switches on the outside of the circle
  • 3 Players in the middle to all make contact with the ball before it is played out

Coaching Points

  • As with the previous sessions
  • Overlapping movement to receive the ball
  • Timing of movement and timing and weight of pass
  • Change of pace form outside to in and inside to out (of the circle)

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.

Linkedin – www.developmentofplayers.com
Twitter – @SeanJReed

Circle Work – Part 1

By Sean Reed – 

The focus for these sessions will look at players working within 2 teams, combining and linking play.

Objective: Session 1

Working on individual movements on the ball with an end product of a pass / combination

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Set Up

  • The group is split into 2 teams (3 players from each team start in the middle + this will leave 5 players around the outside of the area). Alternate the players from each team See Diagram 1
  • If have a small number you can work with just 1 team or if you have a large number you can then either have 2 separate circles or 3 teams within 1 circle
  • Size of area can change (bigger area will increase space and range of passing and the smaller area will limit the space, and challenge the players)
  • 3 balls for each team. The ball start with the players in the middle of the circle
  • Players in the middle 4-5 quick touches on the ball – play a pass the a team mate on the outside and switch places
  • Duration of time will be down to the coach and objective

Progression

  • Looking for the players to put a turn in first before they play their pass to the outside
  • As above but player on the ball plays 1st pass is to a player from the opposite team and gets it back. Then plays out to the outside to their own teammate and switches places. Can encourage
  • When playing to the outside player look to play a combination (1-2’s / takeovers)

Coaching Points

  • Positive in possession
  • Change of direction / change of pace
  • Tempo and quality of passing
  • Awareness before receiving the ball
  • Body shape
  • Players preparation on the outside
  • On the outside – take 1st touch off line and chase down 2nd touch (change of pace)
  • Accelerate once the ball has been played when switching places

Objective: Session 2

Looking to play the spare man to combine or to play the pass. The spare player needs to work hard to provide an option and give a good angle

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Set Up

  • As within the previous session, but this time each team starts with 2 balls. In the middle. Therefore, there is a spare player in the middle
    Players starting with the ball, looking to play a pass to the spare player or combining before it is played to a player on the outside
  • If the player plays a pass into the spare man and they take the ball, the spare man then plays to the outside and the player who passed the ball becomes the spare man

Coaching Points

  • As within the previous session
  • Spare player identifying areas to receive the ball
  • Body shape to receive the ball (combine or allow it to come across the body)
  • Decision to combine or take the ball
  • Recognizing the switch to become spare man (awareness of 2 balls)
  • Playing in the future
  • Change of pace from 1st to the 2nd

Objective: Session 3

Looking to create and combine as a 3 in the middle

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Set Up

  • Same set up us the previous session, but this time each team only has 1 ball
  • The play starts in the middle, every player must touch the ball before it can be played on outside. The player who plays the ball outside, then switches with that player
  • When the ball is played from a player on the outside, that player cannot be the one to play the final pass out in that 1st sequence. (In other words they can’t come into the circle then be the 1st one to go out again)
  • Encourage players to be creative (linking the play)
  • Progression, when the ball is played out, players can combine
  • When the ball is played in from the outside the 1st pass must be off a player from the opposite team (either side of the player receiving the ball)

Coaching Points

  • As with the previous sessions
  • Movement to encourage the pass (running forward)
  • Balance off (Low, Medium + High)
  • Decision-making to play 1 or 2 touch
  • Clever link up play
  • Awareness from players on the outside

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.

Linkedin – www.developmentofplayers.com
Twitter – @SeanJReed

Combining and Playing on Angles

By Sean Reed – 

The following sessions will focus on combining through the middle and playing on angles

Objective: Session 1

Looking at combining through the middle, timing of runs and playing on angles

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Set Up

  • The dimensions of the area can be changed, depending on outcome. For example 20yds w x 40yds (Encourage space to play into) or 15yds w x 30yds (Combining within tight areas)
  • This session can work a number of different players. Ideally you would want 3 or 4 in the middle (no more). The same for the outside. Depending on the numbers you could also get the GK involved as works well for them. If required a coach can go on the outside to make up the extra number
  • If you have more than 1 group working, as they progress you could have two groups working within the same area, traveling across one another. See Diagram 5
  • 3 Players in the middle with 4 players on the outside.
  • Ball on the outside is always played across on an angle; outside players must adjust to receive the ball. Once the ball has been played across then the ball can be played inside for the 3 to combine
  • Ideally when the ball is played to the 1st player on the outside they take 2 touch with playing the ball across, allowing movement from the players inside
  • All 3 players in the middle must touch the ball before it is played out. The players work in the middle for up to 1 minute and then change

Coaching Points

  • Tempo of passing
  • Timing of movement and distances when receiving the ball
  • Body shape when receiving the ball
  • Balance off (Low, Medium and High)
  • Must pass and receive on angles
  • Decision-Making with no. of touches + encourage creative thinking
  • Forward runs

Objective: Session 2

Looking at players combining and making runs from deep (3rd man running)

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Set Up

  • As with the previous session
  • Within this session the only condition is; the 1st pass that is played into the area must be played to the player furthest away

Coaching Points

  • As within the previous session
  • Focus must be on the movement and balancing off
  • Movement: short to go long and long to go short
  • Rotational Movements
  • Low, Medium and High
  • 1st touch to set, timing of movements

Objective: Session 3

This session will look at supporting deep and making forward runs from deep to combine

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Set Up

  • Same set up us the previous session
  • The 1st ball from the outside is now played immediately inside to the deepest player (1) who then plays back out to the other outside player
  • The outside player will then play into (2) who sets back to (3) to then play forward into (1) who is making a run from deep
  • If the players need more time for their movement the outside players can play the first ball across
  • Is important the players work on their movements (starting position and timing of movements).

Coaching Points

  • As with the previous sessions
  • Emphasis on the movements 1st and 2nd movements
  • Distances (Low, Medium & High)

Diagrams 4 and 5

The diagrams below illustrate additional ideas for how this session could be delivered.

In the first diagram a line is placed across the central part of the grid to divide it in half. The coach can stipulate that no more than 2 players can be in 1 half of the pitch. This will then emphasize maintaining the distances and balancing off.

Another line could be introduced down the central part create 4 areas and again the coach can stipulate that there can be no more then 1 player in each area. Or even create 3 zones to emphasize the low, medium and high. These are just a few ideas for the coaches to help encourage specific outcomes.

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The last diagram illustrates the use of two groups working within the same grid. One group is working up and down. The second group is working across left to right, right to left. The two groups therefore work between one another, which will challenge the players with their awareness, movement, and decision-making.

The next progression would be to carry this into a possession game.

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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.

Linkedin – www.developmentofplayers.com
Twitter – @SeanJReed

Play the Spare Player

By Sean Reed – 

Next few sessions will focus using the spare player to maintain possession in order to build the play.

Objective: Session 1

Looking to link the play using the spare player. Working on the spare player creating passing options to maintain possession.
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Set Up

  • Depending on the number of players – if you have an odd number. Create 2x Teams and have 1 player as the spare players see Diagram 1. If you have an even number of players then you can have 2 spare players see Diagram 2.
  • Area is 30yd x 30yd but can be changed depending on the group and on challenging the players. Once the players get used to the area, it is important to change it and even change the shape.
  • The 2x teams are on restricted touches (3 touches)
  • The spare player is on 1 touch
  • To score, a player must play to the spare player and they play (with 1 touch) to another player on that team see Diagram 1 and 2.
  • If the spare player plays the ball back (1 touch) to the same player that is no goal, but that team keeps possession
  • If the ball goes out of play, or a player takes more than 3 touches or the spare player takes 2 touches then possession is given to the other team

Coaching Points

  • Awareness of areas to receive the ball
  • Tempo
  • Patience (Decision-Making)
  • Body shape
  • Playing the pass safe side
  • Movement of spare player to receive the pass
  • Spare player awareness of space to avoid using only touch
  • Awareness of next pass
  • Playing on angles
  • Increase the size of area when in possession of the ball
  • Mindset to switch from attacking to defending when a transition occurs

Objective: Session 2

Developing from the previous session we are looking for the spare players to link up

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Set Up

  • The set is as within session 1
  • If you have a odd number then you can use 3 spare players see Diagram 3
  • If you have an even number then you can use 2 spare players see Diagram 2
  • To score the team in possession has to play into a spare player who then plays to another spare player (1 touch) before playing either back to the original player or a new player to keep possession. 2 spare players must play the ball within a sequence to score

Coaching Points

  • As above within the previous session
    The spare players
  • Need to work together
  • Maintain good distances
  • Timing of movements to create and use space for each other
  • Good supporting angles
  • Awareness of next pass

Objective: Session 3

The next progression is make the game directional using the spare players

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Set Up

  • Continuing from the previous session. The coach may wish to reduce the size of the area
  • 2 of spare players are placed on the outside with 1 spare player in the middle
  • The same restrictions are placed on the players with regards to their touches
  • In order for a team to score they need to work the ball from one end to the other, but the spare player in the middle must play a pass in the build up
  • Depending on the level of players and number of players the outside player can be placed on 2 touches, but can not allow the ball to stop

Coaching Points

  • As with the previous sessions
  • Spare players on the outside providing angles to support

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.

Linkedin – www.developmentofplayers.com
Twitter – @SeanJReed

Playing 1-2’s

By Sean Reed – 

Next few sessions will focus on players combining, playing 1-2’s to create and maintain possession.

Objective: Session 1

Working on angles of support, body shape, timing of movement and playing the ball in front of the player combining.

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Set Up

  • Using the example above with 12 players. Split to group into 2 teams. 2 balls per team
  • Area is 35yd x 35yd but can be changed depending on the group and on challenging the players.
  • 5 gates set up using poles. 3-5 yds apart these can be changed as and when
  • Stage 1: The two teams passing and moving with own team. Must pass through a gate, when unoccupied
  • Note: Can progress to play a pass anywhere with the opposition to get it back and only through the gates to your own team – works on the players awareness
  • Stage 2: Playing 1-2’s with their own team anywhere within the area and then laying a pass off through a gate to another teammate.
  • Note: Can progress it where players play a ½ with the opposite team and then play a pass to their own teammate. Again, encourages their awareness and keeps them attentive to all 4 footballs.
  • Stage 3: Playing 1-2’s using the poles. Players must play a ½ around them then play to another teammate anywhere within the area

Coaching Points

  • Awareness of areas to receive the ball
  • Angle of support
  • Body shape
  • Playing and receiving on the back foot
  • 1st touch
  • Playing on angles
  • Ball position – in front of the player coming on to it
  • Speed of play – Acceleration or Pass the ball to get away quickly
  • Next movement

Objective: Session 2

This session focuses on combining round people, where, when and how.

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Set Up

  • The set ups is the same, but this time we are looking for the players to play a 1-2 around the opposition
  • Then playing a pass through a gate to a teammate to take with them
  • There is constant traffic with players moving. Therefore, players will need to identify the opportunities of where, when and how to carry this out. Players need to recognize the opportunities.

Coaching Points

  • As above within the previous session
  • Awareness / timing of opportunities to combine
  • Type and speed of movement
  • Quality and pace on the 1st pass
  • 2nd pass played in front
  • Acceleration or next pass to get away from the player you have played round

Objective: Session 3

The next progression to is now take this into a competitive possession based game.

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Set Up

  • Possession based game with a number of options in which the teams can score
  • Score by either playing a pass through the gate or playing a ½ round an opposition player
  • The gates can be removed and within the area play a team can score with 10 passes and/or playing a 1-2 round an opposition player
  • To encourage them to look for ½’s the teams can be rewarded with 2 goals for a 1-2

Coaching Points

  • Tempo of play – keeping the ball moving
  • Reducing the time between touches
  • Patience and decision making in possession (choice of pass)
  • Movement and angle of support
  • Quick play when combining
  • Playing and receiving on the back foot
  • Next movement

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.

Linkedin – www.developmentofplayers.com
Twitter – @SeanJReed

Small Numbers Part 2

By Sean Reed – 

The next few sessions are some ideas for when you might have a small number of players. The focus is working in pairs, movement to receive the ball, angle of support, distances, body shape and combination play.

Objective: Session 1

Working on angles of support and distances to link the play.

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Set Up

  • Using the example above. Set up with an area of approx 25yd x 25yd, 4 players on the outside, with 2 players on the inside the area. 2 balls
  • The 2 players in the middle remain in the middle for a period of 20-30secs. Then rotate with the outside.
  • Balls start on the outside, the players in the middle working looking to receive the ball. The ball is played inside to Player 1 who then plays to Player 2 (inside) who then plays the ball out to a player without a ball.
  • As soon as the ball is played out, either player can receive the 1st pass, but must play to the 2nd player before the ball goes out again.
  • You can work for a period of time when the same player receives the 1st pass then alternate the next time. Or just let the players manage that
  • Players need to support the ball knowing where the next pass is going, therefore being aware of the spare player on the outside to avoid slowing the passing down
  • Encourage the 1st ball played into to go long as well as short.
  • Progressing – encourage the 1st player to come short for the 1st ball, they are missed out, the ball is played long and they spin to receive the 2nd pass to then play out.

Coaching Points

  • Awareness of where to receive the 1st and 2nd pass
  • Movement to receive the ball
  • Angles of support of the 2nd player
  • Body shape when receiving the ball
  • Quality of end product
  • Communication

Objective: Session 2

The 2 players in the middle combining to play out

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Set Up

  • The same set up as the previous session with the players on the inside and the outside.
  • This time the 2 players in the middle will look to combine before the ball is played to an outside players
  • Looking for players to play 1-2’s
  • Play round the corner to receive the ball (coming short and play on the angle)
  • Play into the furthest player to then link up combine with the 2nd player
  • Overlaps, where and when possible
  • Encourage the players to play with freedom and create
  • Encourage the players to take a lead with the tempo, movement, creativity

Coaching Points

  • As above within the previous session
  • Use the space don’t kill the space (create space through movement for the player to then come into)
  • Encourage rotation before receiving the ball between the 2 players
  • Quick play when combining

Objective: Session 3

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Set Up

  • As within the previous session. As you can see in diagram 3, mannequins have been included to give the players something to be aware of and work round. If you have additional numbers then you can have 2 pairs in the middle to encourage the players to work round each other.
  • In diagram 3 Player 1 receives from the outside, to then play back to the outside player who then plays into Player 2. Player 1 then supports the combination to receive the ball back from Player 2 and then plays the pass to a player who is spare on the outside.
  • Then both players make a movement to receive the next ball. As stated previously, encourage the players to switch / rotate and ensure they are giving themselves enough distance and space to work in.
  • To challenge the players the coach can reduce the size of area.
  • Encourage the players to be creative with movement, type of passing and combination play

Coaching Points

  • As with previous sessions
  • Working off each other 1 player coming short and the other player going long
  • Providing good distances. Leaving the space available for the player to move into
  • Speed and timing of movement to support the ball once it has been played to the furthest player

Objective: Session 4

Encourage creating triangles, supporting the ball and movement to receive the ball

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Set Up

  • As with the previous sessions
  • Player 1 receives from the outside, combines with a 2nd Player on the outside, before combining with Player 2 to then play out to an outside
  • Player 1 and Player 2 then move to receive the next ball
  • Encourage players to be creative and come up with there own movements and combinations

Coaching Points

  • As in the previous sessions
  • Encourage the movement to support on the outside and inside of the area

Progressions / Options

• Please note that the above sessions are just a few initial ideas.
• They are there for you as the coach to develop and create new ideas with.
• Regardless of the number of players, the space available there is an opportunity to challenge players using these sessions
• Give the players freedom to create their own movements and combinations. As coaches we will often pick up ideas from what players show us in training and within games.

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.

Linkedin – www.developmentofplayers.com
Twitter – @SeanJReed

Playing Out of the Midfield

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on developing play out of the midfield.

Start using half a field with a line 35 yards out. There is a keeper in goal, two attacking players and two defending players in the final quarter and four attacking players and three defending players in the area near midfield.

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Passing, Receiving and Overlapping Runs

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on passing, receiving and overlapping runs.

Start with an area 30 x 15. There are 2 players on each end and 2 players in the middle. One of the players on an end starts with a ball.

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The player with the ball starts by passing to one of theContinue reading

Playing Off of the Target Player

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on playing off of the target player.

Start with a target player at the top of the 18, a defender right behind him (and players prepared to take their place) a server 40 yards out and a line of attackers even with the server. The server has balls and there is a keeper in goal.

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The server starts by playing a ball into theContinue reading

Quick Passing Combinations to Shoot

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on quick passing combinations and shooting.

Start with three players in a triangle just outside the 18. The first player has a ball. There is a line of players outside the triangle with balls waiting to take the first player’s spot. There is also a keeper in goal.

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The first player passes to the Continue reading

Warm-Up for Combination Play

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity is a warm up for combination play with a little bit of pressure.

There are two groups of four in a 20 x 20 grid with two balls. To start I’ll show this with only one group. Two players are on end lines and the other two are in the middle. The ball starts with one of the outside players.

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Defensive Pressure and Attacking Speed

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on  defensive pressure and attacking at speed.

Start with a 30 x 20 grid, 3 attackers, and 2 defenders. There is a group of balls on the end line the attackers are starting on.

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Midfield/Forward Combination Play

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on a midfielder playing into a target player and then a quick combination.

A line of players with balls starts around 40 yards from goal.  A target player started 25 yards from goal between two cones.  A keeper is in goal.


The first player with the ball plays it into theContinue reading

Midfielders and Forwards Combination Play

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on midfielders and forwards working together in combination play.

We want our players to get accustomed to looking for combination opportunities so in these activities we recreate various ones.

Starting with 4 attacking players and a keeper.  One player is a forward, one is an outside midfielder and 2 are central midfielders.


The first combination simply is a pass into the target player who thenContinue reading