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Throw Catch – Getting Pressure on the Ball

By Sean Reed –

Objective
This session will focus on getting pressure on the ball using throw-catch (directional), which can be used within the warm-up.

The session can used to engage the players, work on their movements, working together giving players responsibility to manage and organize a way of playing (strategy).

Set Up
• 2 Teams within an area approx
• If GK are available or use outfield players and rotate them
• Pitch area 40 x 25 6v6 + GK (depending on number of players)
• GK area 3×3 / 5×5

Constraints
• Working the ball into the GK hands, within the area
• Players can run with the ball
• The opposition gains possession from an interception or when the ball hits the ground
• If the team scores, they regain possession starting with the GK

Progressions
• If the defending player can touch the player whilst in possession of the ball they gain possession
• The ball can not go over head height, but a pass can be made with one bounce

Progressions
• A half way line is introduced
• The team in possession can only score in the attacking half
• Players can not run with the ball
• The defending team must touch the ball when a player has possession to gain possession

The coach can progress and change the constraints depending on how they want to challenge the players. Above are some examples of changing the session to see how the players adapt and manage each of these situations.

Some Coaching Points
• Nearest player to apply pressure
• Support, balance and cover from other players
• Recognize when and how to apply pressure
• Acceleration and deceleration on approach
• Tracking runners
• Working together to develop a plan / strategy on how the team wants to defend, especially when the team attacking can only score in the attacking half

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

Scenarios – Changing the Pitch

By Sean Reed –

Objective
I have continued from my last session focusing on scenarios. For this session I am focusing on changing the pitch and I have used different examples of how this might occur.

The main focus is that the players are presented with a problem and they are required to solve it. They need to manage the plan according to what they are working towards, communicate, work together and adapt to the changing environment.

Set Up – Scenario 1

• 2 teams (can be with any number of players
• Team 1(Black Bibs) have 8 players
• Team 2 (Red Bibs) have 7 players

You create the scenario: Team 2 has had an injury or a player sent off
• Score is 0-0
• Team 1 have to win the game
• Team 2 with less players can’t afford to lose, but can either win or draw
• Provide the teams with 30secs – 1min to plan how they choose to manage the game
• The game is 10mins
• The pitch is shallow and wide, very much about defending your area
• The balls are positioned around the pitch so as to get the ball back into play quickly

Some Coaching Points
• Getting up to the ball
• Blocking shots
• Being responsible for players / space
• Strategy and game plan

Set Up – Scenario 2

• As with the previous session
• On this occasion the pitch dimensions have changed. The pitch remains the same length, but has been narrowed up
• You can keep the score line as previously, or changed to challenge the players in different ways

Progressions
• Within 1 period of the game, the pitch size can change from one to the other. This is dictated by the coach. Place an additional line (flat cones) to enable that change to occur
• The focus for the players will be to manage the change and manage the space available whether in or out of position
• This might change their strategy or game plan
• The main thing is the players take a lead role and manage the game

Some Coaching Points
• As with the previous session
• Using the time available
• Managing situations – if the score line changes
• Managing the emotions and the supporting of players
• Being brave when required

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

Game Related Scenarios

By Sean Reed –

Objective
For this session I have decided to focus on the creating scenarios for the players. Place them in situations, which will challenge them, require them to work together in order to plan and solve problems.

Set Up – Scenario 1
• 2 teams (can be with any number of players
• Team 1(Black Bibs) have 8 players
• Team 2 (Red Bibs) have 7 players

You create the scenario: Team 2 has had an injury or a player sent off

• Team 1 with more players is 2-1 down and they have to win
• Team 2 with less players is 2-1 up and they can’t afford to lose, but can either win or draw
• Provide the teams with 30 secs – 1 min to plan how they choose to manage the game
• The game is 10 mins
• After the game the teams can reflect • Then the situations for the team are switched round

Some Coaching Points
• How each team sets up
• How the team plans to manage the period of time
• The response if the score line changes
• Players communicating and working together

Set Up – Scenario 2
• As with the previous session
• On this occasion the team with more players is 3-1 down, but they can afford to win or draw, just not lose
• The team with a player less is 3-1 up and must win
• Split the game into 2x periods (i.e. 5 mins each), which then allows the team to re-group after the 1st period

Some Coaching Points
• As with the previous session
• Using the time available
• Managing situations – if the score line changes
• Managing the emotions and the supporting of players
• Being brave when required

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