EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Gerrard v Lampard

This is a session your players will love as it encourages them to develop the skills used by two of England’s best midfielders, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.

What this session is about

  1.  Developing the box to box midfielder.
  2.  Improving passing and receiving.
  3.  Improving shooting from distance.
  4.  Improving runs into dangerous attacking positions.

What to think about

A goal scoring midfielder is a huge asset for any team. Players like Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard are world class due to their ability to score goals from distance or making late runs into attacking positions.

This session aims to develop these skills along with the other qualities vital to a midfielder’s game. These include passing and receiving, dribbling to beat defenders and hard work to regain possession.

Set-up

• Create a 50 yards by 30 yards area with a goal and goalkeeper at one end.
• Split the area into two halves of 25 yards by 30 yards.

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes10 minutes15 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

The working midfielder passes across to a player opposite (1) and runs to receive a return pass (2). Now the midfielder turns and passes to the next player in his line (3) in order to receive another return pass (4). On receiving the second pass, the midfielder dribbles past the mannequin before shooting at goal.

On receiving the second pass, the midfielder dribbles past the mannequin and shoots.

On receiving the second pass, the midfielder dribbles past the mannequin and shoots.


Development

Progress the above session by adding a cross and finish to the move. Therefore, after he has shot at goal, you pass the midfielder another ball (1). He passes the ball out wide to a winger (2), who dribbles before crossing (3). After passing to the winger, the midfielder must make a forward run and score from the cross (4).

After shooting, the midfielder plays another pass to the winger. The midfielder must now run into the box to score from the cross.

After shooting, the midfielder plays another pass to the winger. The midfielder must now run into the box to score from the cross.


Game situation

The white team has one more player than the grey team in the main pitch. The grey team has one extra player as a winger outside the pitch. The white team try to keep possession of the ball. If a grey player wins the ball, they are free to dribble across the half way line and shoot at goal. The player can also pass to a team mate to run across the half way line. After the player has shot at goal, he must then react to a cross made by the winger and try to score again. Play the game for a set time period before rotating the teams. The grey team now has the player overload in the pitch and the white team has the winger.

The white team tries to keep possession. When a grey player wins the ball, he can dribble and shoot. He must then react to score from a cross.

The white team tries to keep possession. When a grey player wins the ball, he can dribble and shoot. He must then react to score from a cross.


What to call out

  •  “Retain the ball”
  •  “Can you get into a shooting position?”
  •  “React to the ball going wide and make a run into the box”
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