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Defence and midfield link

This session will improve your team’s ability to play the ball out of defence. It develops technique and understanding through unopposed, opposed and small-sided games.

What this session is about

  1.  Building attacks from the goalkeeper.
  2.  Passing out of defence.
  3.  Playing forward.

What to think about

  •  To play possession football, your team must be able to work the ball through the pitch – from the keeper to the forwards.
  •  When developing your team’s ability to play out of defence, work on different passing patterns to improve decision-making on the ball and tactical awareness.
  •  Now you can progress to opposed game situations where players must problem solve in order to be successful.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Play on half a pitch with a manned goal and three defenders in position around the penalty area. On halfway have a line of four midfielders.

The first midfielder passes long to the goalkeeper who must now begin a move to get the ball to the second midfielder.

The team works on two types of passing patterns:

  1. Goalkeeper to centre back, centre back to full back who dribbles forward to pass.
  2. Goalkeeper to centre back, centre back to midfielder 1, midfielder 1 to full back who dribbles forward to pass.
M1 passes to keeper. He passes to D2 who passes to D1. D1 links with M1 who passes to D2 – who passes to M2.

M1 passes to keeper. He passes to D2 who passes to D1. D1 links with M1 who passes to D2 – who passes to M2.


Development

Now progress.

Add three 5-yard coned gates along the half way line.

The goalkeeper, four defenders and one midfielder are now pressured by three forwards and an opposing midfielder.

The game starts from the goalkeeper and the aim is to pass or dribble the ball through one of the coned gates.

If the opponents win the ball, they attack the goal.

Defenders (D) and defensive midfielder (DM) play the ball through coned gates against attackers (A) and attacking midfielder (AM).

Defenders (D) and defensive midfielder (DM) play the ball through coned gates against attackers (A) and attacking midfielder (AM).


Game situation

Play 7v7 on a 60 x 50 yard pitch with two manned goals.

Four defenders start in their own half with three attackers in the opposing half. Defenders are allowed into either half but attackers must stay in the opposing half.

To start, the keeper passes the ball to a defender who passes forward or dribbles forward into the opposing half. If successful, this creates a 4v4 attack.

As the three forwards cannot go back to help their team defend, this leaves a 3v3 situation in the other half and a potential counter attack for the defending team if they regain possession.

Play 7v7. Attackers cannot help their defence but defenders can push forward. The ball is passed forward to create 4v4s.

Play 7v7. Attackers cannot help their defence but defenders can push forward. The ball is passed forward to create 4v4s.


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