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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

Passing Under Pressure

By Sean Reed -

Objective

This session involves playing under pressure and can be used an exercise for pressing the ball. It will challenge player’s awareness, decision-making and movement before they receive the ball, choice and selection of passing and then supporting the play next. Out of possession it will encourage players to press with intensity for a short period to time to put the opposition under pressure.

Session 1

Diagram 1

Set Up

  • Players are split into 2 teams if 8 players
  • Working with an area of 20x20yds
  • One team starts inside the area (Team keeping possession)
  • The other team are positioned in pairs on the outside starting on cones (5yds outside the area)
  • The ball is played from the coach into the team keeping possession. The team in possession are on 1 touch
  • Once played 2 players from one side will go in to press the ball and try to force a mistake, get a touch or clear the ball out of the area. (This is how the defending team can score a point). Every time a point is scored a new ball is played in from the coach
  • The players defending with defend for 10secs and then on the whistle the 2 players inside will sprint out, whilst the next 2 players will sprint in and press the ball (go round clockwise)
  • Each pair will go in and defend 4 times. Then the teams will switch
  • The teams can then go through 2 – 3 x defending. Highest number of points wins

Coaching Points

  • In possession use the full area (make the pitch big)
  • Movement and angles of support• Awareness of incoming players (body shape)
  • Selection of pass where and how
  • Communication• Defensively acceleration then deceleration on the approach
  • Working in pairs, backing each other up, distances, position

Session 2

Diagram 2

Set Up

  • Continued from above
  • Working with an area of 25x25yds
  • One team starts inside the area (Team keeping possession)
  • The other team a position in fours on the outside starting on cones (5yds outside the area)
  • The ball is played from the coach into the team keeping possession. The team in possession are on 2 touch
  • Once played 4 players from one side will go in to press the ball and try to force a mistake, get a touch or clear the ball out of the area. (This is how the defending team can score a point). Every time a point is scored a new ball is played in from the coach
  • The players defending with defend for 20secs and then on the whistle the 4 players inside will sprint out, whilst the next 4 players will sprint in and press the ball (from the side play)
  • Each pair will go in and defend 4 times. Then the teams will switch
  • The teams can then go through 2 – 3 x defending. Highest number of points wins

Coaching Points

  • Continue from the previous session
  • Defensively, looking to set traps
  • Prevent the switch of play
  • Encourage the team to play toward one area, backing each other up and then look to the win
  • Communication

Session 3

Diagram 3

Set Up

  • Continuing from the previous session
  • If the defending team can win possession of the ball then they can score points by the number of passes they make (unlimited touches)
  • Once the defending team wins the ball the attacking team needs to narrow up and look to win the ball or force the mistake

Coaching Points

  • Continue from the previous session
  • Transition from defense to attack, mindset and selection of pass
  • Transition from attack to defense, mindset and immediate pressure on 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
Linkedin - www.developmentofplayers.com
Twitter - @SeanJReed

Linking Up to Attack

By Sean Reed – 

Objective

This session will focus on working with players with their link up and combination play to create opening and opportunities.

Session 1

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Diagram 1

Set Up

  • Players are split into groups of 3
  • 1 ball between the 3 players
  • Playing a 1-2 refer to diagram 1
  • Player 1 plays a pass into Player 2 + follows his pass. Player 2 then plays a 1-2 with player 3 around Player 1.
  • It is important that when player 1 plays the 1st pass they must run towards player 2 to enable them to combine around him
  • Players then keep passing and then look for the next opportunity to combine.
  • 3rd Man Running refer to diagram 1
    Player 1 plays into player 2. Player 2 will then play into player 3. Player 3 will then set Player 1 who is coming onto the ball. Player 1 will then play a forward pass into Player 2 who is making a run into space. Player 2 is looking to arrive onto the ball as oppose to waiting for it.
  • Rotational Movement refer to diagram 1
    Player 1 plays into Player 2, who then plays into Player 3, whilst Player 1 makes their run across player 3 to receive the ball. It is important that Player 1 times their run to allow it to go across their path before they make their movement. This will make the pass for the Player 3.

Coaching Points

  • Starting and maintaining distances
  • Passing and supporting angles
  • Timing of movements. The players movement will encourage the pass
  • Manage the space, avoid getting into the space before the ball
  • Weight of pass. Play the ball in front of the player

Session 2

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Diagram 2

Set Up

  • 6v6 game
  • 40-50yds x 30-40yds
  • 4 Target areas 5-7 x 5-7yds
  • Directional game scoring into 2x Target Zones
  • Unlimited touches
  • To score a player must successfully dribble the ball (under control) into either of the target zones
  • Once a goal is scored the ball must be played across from one target zone to another before the team can attack. The team that just scored with then regain their shape

Progression

  • Restrict the number of touches
  • To score; a player can only take one touch into the target area to score

Coaching Points

  • Tempo of play creating gaps and openings
  • Being positive in possession
  • Identifying and exploiting the opportunity to dribble the ball into the target zone
  • Timing of movement to receive the ball

Session 3

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Diagram 3

Set Up

  • As within the previous session
  • In order to score players must combine playing a 1-2 and receive the ball in the target zone. Refer to diagram 3
  • The player receiving the ball can take one touch to take it into the target zone if required
  • A team can also score by making 10 consecutive passes (will encourage the opposition to try and win the ball back which will open up opportunities to score in the target zones)

Progression

  • The player receiving the ball to score can not be arriving into the target zone before the ball

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Diagram 4

Set Up

  • As within the previous session
  • In order to score players must link to score with a player making a 3rd man run and receiving the ball in the target zone. Refer to diagram 4
  • The player receiving the ball can take one touch to take it into the target zone if required
  • A team can also score by making 10 consecutive passes (will encourage the opposition to try and win the ball back which will open up opportunities to score in the target zones

Progression

  • The player receiving the ball to score can not be arriving into the target zone before the ball

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Diagram 5

Set Up

  • As within the previous session
  • In order to score players must link to score with a player making a run across the player setting the ball. Refer to diagram 5
  • The player receiving the ball can take one touch to take it into the target zone if required
  • A team can also score by making 10 consecutive passes (will encourage the opposition to try and win the ball back which will open up opportunities to score in the target zones

Progression

  • A goal can be scored using any of the 3 combinations previously worked on

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
Linkedin – www.developmentofplayers.com
Twitter – @SeanJReed