Throw Catch – Getting Pressure on the Ball

By Sean Reed –

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

• 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

• 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

• 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.

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