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Three Team Game Within the Penalty Area

By Sean Reed – 

Objective

The session is carried out within the penalty area and will focus on the both attacking side and defending side of the game.

For the attacking players we are looking for them to create opportunities within a tight area to create goal scoring opportunities, looking for players to get a shot off quickly and attacking crosses from wide areas. For the defending players we are looking for them to prevent, block and deny goal scoring opportunities shots, which includes defending crosses.

The team not directly involved is provided the passes and crosses.

3v3 in 18yd Box

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Diagram 1

Set Up

  • 3 Teams of 3 Players + 1 Goalkeeper working within 18yd box
  • 3v3 in the 18yd box (1 team defending and 1 team attacking), with 3 players outside serving
  • The serving players are number 1 – 3 see diagram 1
  • The game will start from one of the servers (The Coach will call out a number) 1 + 3 put in crosses and 2 can play the ball short to the attacking team
  • The attacking team are looking to score and the defending team are looking to prevent and clear the ball out of the 18 yd box
  • Once a goal is scored or the ball has gone out of the 18yd box a new ball is played in by whichever number the coach calls. Always looking to play into the attacking team
  • Depending on the physical output the time for each game can run for anytime for between 60secs to 2mins. Each team will get the opportunity to defend, attack and serve. The coach can decide how many times they go through and the amount of rest time.
  • Number of goals for each team – keeping the score
  • Within the session the emphasis can be on the defending, the attacking and the serving

Coaching Points

Attacking

  • Look to get a shot off as quickly as possible
  • Tempo of play / quick passes
  • 1st touch to set up a shooting opportunity
  • Positive attacking the ball from wide areas, looking for someone to attack the front post area

 

Defending

  • Nearest player closing the player down on the ball
  • Intensity to the pressing
  • Supporting player pressing the ball
  • Courage when blocking any shots on goal
  • Marking and tracking runners (being accountable)

Serving

  • Quality of crosses into the area

3v3 in 18yd Box (Defending team number of passes)

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Diagram 2

Set Up

  • As above but if the defending team wins the ball and they can make a specific number of passes (i.e. 3 – then they are awarded a goal). These goals are added to the number of goals scored when they are attacking. If the pass is not on then they can clear the ball from the area

Coaching Points

Attacking

  • As within the first part of the session
  • On transition focus on immediate pressure on the ball

Defending

  • As within the first part of the session
  • Decision-making when to pass and when to clear
  • Support the player on the ball

 Serving

  • As within the first part of the session

Session 3 – 1v1 Attacking and Defending Small Goals

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Diagram 3

Set Up

  • As above
  • Introduce 2 goals (option on the size) positioned 20-30yds from the 18yd box
  • If the defending team win possession of the ball they are looking to score in either goal (representing a player or space) which will go toward their overall score
  • The attacking team need to react and apply immediate pressure when possession is turned over

 Coaching Points

 Attacking

  • As within the first part of the session
  • On transition focus on immediate pressure on the ball

Defending

  • As within the first part of the session
  • Moving the ball to create the opportunity to play into either goal

Serving

  • As within the first part of the session

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

Defending 1 v 1 – Getting to the Ball

By Sean Reed – 

Objective

This is a defending session that focuses on defending 1v1, getting up to the ball.

Passive Defending – Getting up to the Ball

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Diagram 1

Set Up

  • The minimum number for this session is 3, beyond that you can split the groups or put more players into one group. As the coach it is important that you manage the rest and rotation. For the purposes of this we will explain it using the diagram 1
  • The area is outlined as above, can be 20-25yds long x 10-15yds wide. The coach might find that when it becomes competitive it will be necessary to extend the length
  • Working in 3’s Player (1) starts with the ball, plays a pass into Player (2) who must take a touch before playing a pass across to Player (3). As player (2) plays his pass, Player (1) can start their movement to close Player (2) down. Please note, monitor the distance that Player (1) is starting from as they might need to be moved closer, but the coach can make that decision
  • Player (2) on receiving the ball is looking to travel with the ball across the cones outlined, adjusting their position trying to come inside and force the defending Player (1) to move.
  • For this session the defending Player (1) is passive
  • The next group then goes. Then Player (1) goes where Player (2) was and Player (2) goes where player (3) was.
  • After a number of turns start down the other side

Progressions

  • To make it competitive. The objective of the defending Player (1) is to win the ball, force a mistake and / or prevent the Attacking Player (2) to travel with the ball under control across the End Zone line. See diagram 2
  • Change the order so they compete against other players

Coaching Points

  • Acceleration up the player receiving the ball
  • Approach to the ball, showing them the attacker into area you want them to play in
  • Deceleration on approach
  • Reduce the space available for the attacking to play in and try to get their head down
  • Body shape side on, for adjustment to the side or in behind
  • Weight on the back foot
  • Be prepared for the ball to be pushed into space behind the defender
  • On the balls on the feet prepared for next movement
  • Avoid crouching over too far otherwise will affect ability to turn / change direction effectively
  • Can the defender keep the attacking player going one way, preventing them of coming back inside to open up the size of the pitch

Session 2 – Competitive Defending

 

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Diagram 2

Session 3 – 1v1 Attacking and Defending Small Goals

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Diagram 3

Set Up

  • The pitch dimensions 25-30yds in length and 15yds wide
  • Split teams into two and each team with number there players 1-5 in the case of diagram 3
  • The teams are in a small area 5x5yd, which they must stay in until their number is called
  • The balls start with the coach on the side
  • Ideally if the coach has small samba goals available for this pitch size, with a goalkeeper in each goal
  • One team will start the attacking and one team with start as defenders.
  • The coach will call a number between 1-5 in the case of diagram 3 and the number from each team will run out. Whichever team is attacking, the coach will play to that player. Once that ball is out of play or the keeper has the ball in their hands. The coach will play another ball in, into the attacking team.
  • If the defender can win possession then they can then try and score
  • This can either continue for a set number of balls (i.e. 3 Ball) or a period of time (20 secs).
  • The coach can decide how many times each player with go through before changing the team’s roles (defending and attacking). Please note that the coach will need to change the Goalkeepers so they do not remain with the defending team or attacking team every round.
  • Although the focus is primarily on the defending, players will still be working on the attacking and transition both ways
  • Keep score to make it competitive

 

Coaching Points

  • Get up to the ball as quickly as possible
  • When possible look to force the attacking player away from goal and on their weaker foot
  • As above, continue to get up to the player, closing their space, preventing them from turning when playing with their back to goal
  • Encourage the defender to stay on their feet, avoid committing themselves and going to ground easily
  • Communication from Goalkeepers and other players

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

Functional Defending Session with Front Three

By Eric Clermont – 

In the modern game today, the demand of players technically, tactically and physically have increased considerably over the past ten years. Defenders are expected to build out from the back, midfielders are held accountable for defending deep runs into the box and forwards are also told that they must defend from the front. Depending on the area of the field, formation of a team and the style which that team plays, there are a number of different ways that a team are asked to play. It is important today, from a young age that players from an early age are taught how to defend the correct way and how their decision affect the players around them. The following practice gives ideas of how to do this, specifically working with a team playing with three forwards.

Part 1- Teaching the Habit

Organization

Players are set up in grid around 40 x 30 yards and the area is split into thirds (as shown below). One team plays in each grid, with the middle team working as the forward three in this exercise. The yellow team at the bottom possess the ball and when possible, try to split the team in black by playing to the yellow team on the other side. The black team defend for three minutes and then switch with another team.

Coaching Points

  • Pressure, cover, balance and the rotation of these roles as the ball moves side to side
  • Compactness- try to ensure that the three defenders don’t get split and that they don’t get too flat when defending
  • Making play predictable- first forward needs to cut off one option to allow his team-mates to react of their pressure

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Part 2- Wave Game

Organization

A small sided field is set up (around 40 x 30) with three mini goals at each end. Two teams of 3 play at a time, with 2/3 teams waiting at each end behind the goals. Games are limited to two minutes of high intensity. When a team scores (yellow team in the diagram), the team behind that goal come in against this team (red team) and the yellow team must react to put pressure on the ball in the right way. If teams do not score, the Coach can decide who will come off and which side will enter (but the moment of transition between games must be quick).

Coaching Points

  • Make play predictable. Verbal and visual communication- “I’ve got pressure”
  • Reacting off visual cues- high pressure when opposition takes a bad touch
  • Quick transition to defensive shape when a team scores

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Part 3- Small sided Phase of Play

Organization

Half of a field is used in the practice, with a 6 v 3 playing on the field (GK, back four and defensive midfielder for yellow and three forwards for black). The field is set up with a line of cones (the Coach will decide on this) as a line of confrontation for the forwards to react to. If the black team steal the ball, they go to goal. If yellow can possess the ball, they attempt to go to the two mini goals at the halfway line.

Coaching Points

Team shape is key. Stay compact and channel ball inside (make play predictable). Communication from behind (cut your line/show inside).
When to press and when to drop as a unit (reacting to visual cues).

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Part 4- Expanded Phase of Play

Organization

Same set up as above, but now the teams now play 8 v 6, with the yellow team adding two more CM’s and the black team adding an attacking midfielder and a center midfielder. Field is extended 10-15 yards beyond the halfway line.

Coaching Points

  • High intensity from defending team- win ball back high if possible
  • Starting positions from forwards is key (line of confrontation)
  • Visual triggers (e.g. when ball played back or sideways, press)
  • Channeling the ball into the center of the field (not wide)
  • Tracking and regaining position behind the ball if the opposition plays behind them
  • Transition from defense to attack

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By Eric Clermont – NSCAA Premier Diploma, USSF A License Candidate

Team Shape and Ball Circulation

By Renato Lopez Moreira – 

This 2 v 2 + 6 game is an excellent way to work on team shape and ball circulation for teams playing a 2-4-2 formation in a 9 v 9 game.

The game is played in a 15 x 12-yards area. Each player is limited to playing two touch. Five consecutive passes are worth one point. The game is played for 10 minutes or to a certain number of points.

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Exercise

The two central players in possession work with theContinue reading

Game for Changing the Point of Attack

By Renato Lopez Moreira – 

This 10 v 10 game to work on changing the point of attack.

The game is played in a 50 x 35 yard area for 25 minutes.

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Exercise

The field will be divided into three areas. The team who is Continue reading

Four Goal Directional Game

By Renato Lopez Moreira – 

This small-sided game is played with two teams of seven and three neutral players who always assist the team in possession. The game is played in a 30 x 30-yard area with two small goals at each end. Each team defends one end and attacks the other.

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The attacking team works to keep possession and move theContinue reading

Training Two Central Players

By Renato Lopez Moreira – 

This is a progression of last week’s possession game. You can also think of it as a 4 + 2 v 2 since two of the attackers are playing in a central role in the middle of other four attackers.

The game works on a number of important aspects of the game:

  • Minimum of touches on the ball
  • Keeping the ball always on the ground
  • Pass and move
  • Find the 3rd man
  • Try to pass the ball inside the center of the marking line

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The basic movements for the outside players without the ball are the same as last week’s exercise. The movements of the central players who are responsible to create triangulation and opening the defenders to make more options available.

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In this case, players nº 5  and nº 6 will always have to move to empty spaces, creating two secure passing options for the player who has the ball or opening spaces for other passing options. They hope to attract one or both defender with their movements.

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Players nº 5 and nº 6 have to read the game quickly. They need to see where there teammates are going and try to search for a new space inside the area, giving the best option for a pass or creating empty space that can be used for a pass that maintains possession.

If Player nº 5 and nº 6 movement is poor it can be harmful to the rest of the team because it can help the defenders recover or intercept the ball.

Exercise

The Attackers  exchange passes between them trying to maintain possession. They are not allowed to enter the game space.

The Defenders try to intercept a pass and maintaining possession in order to exchange places with the attacker who lost the ball.

Only the defender who stole the ball changes places with the attacker who lost the ball.

The game area is 12 x 12 yards and the game time is 8 minutes.

This exercise can be used as warm up or during the main part of the training session.

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Variation

You can free the movement of the attackers, without central players, allowing them to enter at the game space and move around it.

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More Variations

  • You can limit the number of ball touches per player, accelerating or slowing the pace of game
  • You can vary the initial number of attackers increasing or decreasing it
  • You can vary the initial number of defenders increasing or decreasing it
  • You can vary the size of game area, increasing or decreasing it

By Renato Lopez Moreira – Author of Training Sessions for the 4-3-3

 

Creating the ‘Third Man’ Option

By Renato Lopez Moreira – 

This is a progression of last week’s 4 v 2 into a 5 v 2. You can also think of it as a 4 + 1 v 2 since the fifth attacker is playing in a central role in the middle of four attackers.

The game works on a number of important aspects of the game:

  • Creating Passing Options
  • Ball Possession
  • Fast Recovery of the ball
  • Offensive and Defensive support
  • Search for the third man option

In this exercise, theContinue reading

Form and Function of a 4 v 2 Game

By Renato Lopez Moreira – 

Today’s small-sided game is called by different names depending on where you’re from. It’s been called, ‘Rounds’, ‘Rondo’ or ‘Sily’.

The game works on a number of important aspects of the game:

  • Creating Passing Options
  • Ball Possession
  • Fast Recovery of the ball
  • Offensive and Defensive support
  • Search for the third man option

In this exercise, theContinue reading

Breaking Lines of Pressure- Part 3

By Renato Lopez Moreira – 

This is a progression of the game from last week. It is played with three teams of six players. It can be played with fewer players on each team or using a neutral player if number divisible by three are not available.

The difference with this game is that there is one player from each team positioned in the middle zone.

The game area is 45 x 42 yards and the game is played in two 15 minute halves.


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This exercise is played by three teams. Two teams work to possess the ball and one team defends.

The field is divided into three small ones: two areas for theContinue reading

Breaking Lines of Pressure- Part 2

By Renato Lopez Moreira – 

This is a progression of the game from last week. It is played with three teams of six players. It can be played with fewer players on each team or using a neutral player if number divisible by three are not available.

The game area is 45 x 42 yards and the game is played in two 15 minute halves.

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This exercise is played by three teams. Two teams work to possess the ball and one team defends.

The field is divided into three small ones: two areas for theContinue reading

Breaking Lines of Pressure

By Renato Lopez Moreira – 

This is a progression of the game from last week. It is played with three teams of six players. It can be played with fewer players on each team or using a neutral player if number divisible by three are not available.

The game area is 45 x 42 yards and the game is played in two 15 minute halves.

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Two teams work to keep possession and one team defends.

The field is divided in three small ones: two fields for the attacking teams and one central zone for the defense.
Each field has six attackers that mustContinue reading

Attacking and Defending Possession Game

By Renato Lopez Moreira – 

This game is played with three teams of six players. It can be played with fewer players on each team or using a neutral player if number divisible by three are not available.

The game area is 45 x 42 yards and the game is played in two 15 minute halves.

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Two teams work to keep possession and one team defends.

The field is divided in three small ones: two fields for the attacking teams and one central zone for the defense.
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Creating Offensive Superiority

By Renato Lopez Moreira – 

This is a progression of last week’s 8 v 8 game to work spacing and player movement. This week the game will again start as 8 v 8 but the team in possession works to create 6 v 4 offensive superiority situations.

The game area is 55 x 45 yards and the game is played in two 15 minute halves.

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The field is once again divided into four zones. This time each zone contains Continue reading

Four Zone Game – Progression

By Renato Lopez Moreira – 

This is a progression of last week’s 5 v 5 game to work spacing and player movement. We now play 8 v 8 The game area is 50 x 45 yards and it is played as two 15 minute halves. 

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Four Zone Game

By Renato Lopez Moreira – 

This is a 5 v 5 game to work spacing and player movement. The game area is 44 x 39 yards and it is played as two 10 minute halves. ARTIGO 9

The field is divided into four zones. Each zone contains an attacker and a defender. An additional attacker and defender begin with a ball in between the zones.

These are the rules for the players movement:

  • Each zone can have no more than two attackers or defenders
  • Each zone must contain at least one player from each team
  • All players can move freely between the zones

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The attackers try to keep possession and create goalscoring chances while playing within the rules of the game.

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The defending team attempts to win the ball and counter attack. This transition must be done quickly to take advantage of the moment when the opponent is unbalanced.

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You can add a neutral player to the game to play with the attacking team. The neutral player can move freely and does not count toward the rule of having no more than two players from either team in an area.

Variations

  • Limit the number of touches per player
  • Increase the number of players
  • Limit the movement of players
  • Vary the number of defenders or attackers to create an imbalance

By Renato Lopez Moreira – Author of Training Sessions for the 4-3-3

 

4 v 3 Defending Game

By Renato Lopez Moreira – 

In this exercise we work on a 4 v 3 defensive situation with a possibility to counter attack for the defense. This game could be used as a progression of last week’s exercise.

The defenders have three small goals to defend while the attackers will have a large goal and goalkeeper to defend if they lose the ball.

The game area is played in a 27 x 38 -yard area. It’s played for up to 2 minutes at a time.

When a goal is scored or the ball leaves the Continue reading

3 v 2 Attacking Game

By Renato Lopez Moreira – 

In this exercise we will work in a 3 v 2 offensive situation with a possibility to counter attack for the defense. This game could be used as a progression of last week’s exercise.

The attackers try to score in a goal defended by a goalkeeper. The defenders can counter attack three small goals if they win the ball.

The game area is played in a 22 x 32-yard area. It’s played for up to 2 minutes at a time.

When a goal is scored or the ball leaves the Continue reading

2 v 1 Attacking Game

By Renato Lopez Moreira – 

Today’s featured activity is a 2 v 1 game.

This game creates a 2 v 1 offensive situation with a possibility of a counter attack for the defending player.

The attackers  defend two small soccer goals while the defender works to defend a goal with a goalkeeper.

The game is played in a 10 x 16-yard area. It’s played for up to two minutes at a time.

When a goal is scored or the ball leaves the area the exercise is restarted.

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Exercise

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Defensive Shape and Passing

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on defensive shape and passing.

Start with a 60 x 40 field broken into vertical quarters. There are 4 players in each quarter, with one team in 2 quarters and the other team in the other 2 quarters.

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Defensive Movement

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on defensive footwork.

One of the big problems players have in defending is poor footwork. If the players work at getting into a good stance/position and then using proper footwork to move backwards they frequently do so without an emphasis on the transition from coming forward to then moving backwards. This is important because it’s common for the defender to move forward to pressure the player with the ball and then have to transition to moving backwards to contain the dribbler.

In this activity we start using a grid 30 yards long with lines 10 yards apart. The players start spread out parallel to these lines.

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The players start by sprinting to the first line.

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As soon as they get to the first line, they get into a good defensive stance and then push backwards with their lead foot.

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The players take 3 quick steps backwards and then sprint to the next line and do the same.

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They then do the same thing to the end line and then return to the starting line.

This activity is a nice reminder to the players to push backwards with the last step and transfer the weight to get going backwards.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Preventing the Penetrating Pass

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on defensive shape and preventing the penetrating pass.

Start with a 20 x 10 grid just beyond the top of the D. There are three attacking players and two defending players. There is also a keeper in goal.

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Quick Counter Attacks

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

This activity uses half a field, three attacking players, five defending players and one target player at midfield for the defending team. There is also a keeper in goal.

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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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One of the attackers starts with a ball and as soon as he touches the ball theContinue reading