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Directional Throw Catch

By Sean Reed – 

Objective

This session is a directional throw catch game. Similar to throw catch possession, but is working towards a goal and within a shape.

Session 1

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Diagram 1

Set Up

  • A session which can be used with a different number of players
  • Two teams split with 2x GK
  • Pitch size is dependent on the number of players
  • Throw catch working towards goal
  • A player is not allowed to run with the ball. Is only allowed to make a step on receiving a pass
  • The ball is turned over if it hits the ground, the ball is out of play or the opposition intercept
  • To score a player must head the ball into the goal, from a throw

Progression

  • Score with a volley
  • Allow the ball to bounce before final contact on goal

Coaching Points

  • Tempo of passing
  • Movement to receive the ball, angles of support
  • Tempo of movement
  • Awareness of movement and forward runs
  • Awareness of the next pass before the ball is received
  • Tracking runners
  • End product in front of goal

Session 2

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Diagram 2

Set Up

  • As within the previous session
  • The passing sequence is player (1) throws to player (2) who heads to the next player, who catches then throws.
  • A goal can be scored with either a head or a volley
  • The ball can bounce before a header or volley to score

Progression

  • Throw volley, catch (as with the throw head, catch)

Coaching Points

  • • As within previous session
    • Movement to support the header/volley
    • Movement to come short or go long
    • Direction and power when the header is played
    • Communication

Session 3

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Diagram 3

Set Up

  • Set up as with the previous session (session 3)
  • Start with throw catch, then move to head and volley throw catch. This time the pass cannot be played over-head height, but the ball can bounce once. It will encourage players to move and recognize a good supporting angle

Progression

  • Head catch. Player catches and serves to themselves to head the ball to make a pass
  • Volley catch. Player catches and serves to themselves to volley the ball to make a pass
  • As above but before the ball is caught, the player must take 1 touch to control the ball (i.e. chest, thigh then catch)

Coaching Points

  • As within previous sessions
  • Quality with the header and volley – type and weight of pass
  • Movement and angles to support 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.

Linkedin – www.developmentofplayers.com
Twitter – @SeanJReed

Crossing and Finishing Pattern

By Sean Reed – 

Objective

These sessions are working on crossing and finishing. Which include looking at players playing a diagonal pass into a wide player, for them combine to set for a cross into an area for players to attack.

Session 1

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Diagram 1

Set Up

  • Using 16 players + 2 GKS
  • Pitch is approx 54-60yds wide x 2 x penalty boxes long (width can be reduced depending on space available an the type of cross the coach wants to work on)
  • Area in the middle 10yds x 5yds where the attacking players start
  • Players crossing the ball are set up 2 players by the side of the goal and 2 players each side in the wide areas. See diagram 1
  • 2 Balls will start at the same time down opposite side. Played from 1 into 2 who receives on the half turn who then plays into 3, who opens up to cross the ball (this occurs both sides at the same time), 2 Players rest then join in the next attack.
  • 3 players will attack each goal (front, middle, back) – change up their runs, avoid straight lines
  • Players crossing the ball will follow their pass. Player in the position 3 will join the players on the side of the goal
  • Play then starts again once everyone is set
  • Teams will work for a set period of time, then switch round

Progression

  • Players in wide areas can combine
  • Change sides so players cross with the opposite side
  • Wide player can cut back to deliver an in-swinging cross

Coaching Points

  • Tempo of passing, play safe side
  • Movement before receiving the ball
  • 1st touch sets for the cross, opening up
  • Quality of cross
  • Timing of runs, players attacking the cross (across the front post, middle and back post), arriving onto the ball
  • Positive in front of goal

Session 2

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Diagram 2

Set Up

  • The set up remains the same as the previous session
  • The serving players now start on the opposite goal post and playing a diagonal pass on the angle for the player to set back for the cross
  • Players still follow pass 1 into 2. 2 sets for 3 and 3 crosses. 3 then joins the players next to the post
  • The player setting can take 2 touches

Progression

  • Player sets with one touch
  • Change sides so players cross with the opposite foot

Coaching Points

  • As within the previous session
  • Quality and pace on the diagonal pass
  • Quality and pace on the ball for the set
  • Timing of run coming onto the cross

Session 3

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Diagram 3

Set Up

  • Set up as with the previous session (session 2)
  • The ball is played from 1 into 2, who then controls to combine and play with 3 before crossing

Progression

  • Play one touch from the diagonal pass
  • Cut back to cross with an in-swinging cross

Coaching Points

  • As above
  • Check back and timing of runs if the wide player cuts back to cross with in-swinger

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