|Age: 12-Adlt||Intensity: Medium|
|Time: 25 mins||Positions: ALL|
|Players: 16||Area: 50x70 yrds|
- Coach a team in how provide support; in front, side and behind.
- Coach possession.
- Coach supporting runs and movement.
Diagram 1. Set-Up Arrangement
- Mark out 2/3 of a full size pitch (50x70 yrds). Start position is indicated by SP1 (this can be varied). The teams play in specific formations. The defending team = 3-2-2 (Team being coached). The attacking team = 3-2-2.
- 7 attackers (Yellow)
- 7 defenders (Red)
- 2 GK's (Green)
- Coach the yellow team on their yellow attacking team from the starting position (a ball laid back to an outside flank player from a central mid) to retain possession and provide the correct support to go forward when possible. Switch the roles of attacking and defending after 10 minutes. The restart positions can be varied. The coach works with the attacking team to identify the key points of providing support in front, to the side and behind the ball. The attacking team score on the large goals as does the defending team.
- Following the starting position play is a good start:
- Following A2 receiving the starting position pass from A1. A2 looks for an option direct into the forwards into space. Here A7 makes a diagonal run in behind the defense.
- A2 assesses the next best option. A pass into the forwards feet (A6).
- If a direct forward pass is not available, A2 passes centrally to a midfielder to retain possession, draw out the midfield, or give an opportunity for a switch of play.
- If neither a pass forward or centrally is available then A2 could pass into A3 (or back to the GK to retain possession by passing backwards.
- At the starting position the defenders should all be inside the centre circle or behind the half way line to begin the drill. Once passed the defenders are free to press the ball (this can be modified to begin defending on A2's first touch.
- 2 teams compete and attempt to score in the oppositions goal.
- Create space by spreading out on receiving the ball. Transition to offense.
- A2's first touch should be out their feet to get their head up to access their options.
- Assess your passing options! Furthest pass forward the player can make is the best. Thought process should go from near to far.
- If cannot go forward to sideways?
- If cannot go sideways go backwards?
- Ensure there is support around the ball. Discuss Primary support (those players around the ball), Secondary support (those players on the periphery).
- Discuss the quality and nature of the pass, i.e. clipped in, backside, bent, etc.
- Observe the pace of the ball.
- Angle and timing of the runs ahead from the midfielders and forwards.
- Do the backs drop off in a crescent shape (half moon) to provide support behind the ball.
- Does the GK offer support with their feet?
- Discuss where the support should be positioned.
- Once the ball is played into a forward, do the midfielders and backs step up to support?
- Angled runs.
- How to create space in individual runs, i.e. check away from where you want to receive the ball and then check back into that space.
- Discuss the principles of attack: Movement, Unpredictability, Creativity, Space.
- Communication to ensure the open player is found.
- Space can be found in-between the defensive lines (i.e. Seam area, between the midfield and defense of the opposition).
Diagrams below 2,3,4,5 – Options (Far to Near):
- Perform on both side of the field (switch sides).
- Alter the starting position. Work on support higher up the field. SP2 could be to play into the midfielders feet as the starting position.
- SP3 - Pass into the strikers feet. Work on immediate support from the midfielders in this position.