EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

4V4 Switch opponent

Soccer matches are rarely end-to-end affairs and teams must be able to quickly move the ball in different directions to build an attack. Defenders must also be able to react to different angles of approach.

What this session is about

  1.  The ability to play good soccer in tight, crowded areas.
  2.  Changing the focus of play by switching direction.

What to think about

  •  The pitches are really small in order to replicate a crowded midfield area. Your players must learn to become comfortable in these situations and still look to make the correct decisions on passing and moving.
  •   Once we have embedded this thought we can then look at how we make decisions to get the ball out of these crowded areas.

Set-up

30 x 30 yard square divided in quarters with four poles on each side of the 30 x 30 square.

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
7-10 minutes20-25 minutes10-15 minutes10-15 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

The white teams play against the grey teams on horizontal half-pitches. To score, the ball must be passed along the ground between the poles at either end.

Begin with two games played simultaneously on the horizontal pitches.

Begin with two games played simultaneously on the horizontal pitches.


Development

Switch so that the teams are playing new opponents 4v4 on the vertical half-pitches. Whenever the coach calls “switch” the players must quickly take up positions in relation to the new direction of play.

The direction of play and opponents changes when the coach calls “switch”.

The direction of play and opponents changes when the coach calls “switch”.


Game situation

All of the players are now on the pitch and play 8v8 with the centre lines taken out. Each team is given four gates to score in. The coach continuously passes balls onto the crowded pitch and the players must try to open out and make a good, grounded pass through one of their gates to score

Pass through one of your team’s gates to score in this game.

Pass through one of your team’s gates to score in this game.


What to call out

  •  “Get into position quickly”
  •  “Take the ball away from pressure”
  •  “Know where the goals are”
  •  “Take the ball away from pressure”
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