EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Inside and outside

This session will improve player awareness of their specific positions. Outside players often face 1v1 situations and are used for dribbling and crossing. Inside players keep possession and both attack and defend the penalty box. Every player will take something positive from this session.

What this session is about

  1.  Improving individual play.
  2.  Improving central team play.
  3.  Improving wing play.

What to think about

This session develops every player by placing them in the positions they favour in a game. Now they can work on the specific skills required to play this position in a match. They are:

Wide players – 1v1 dribbling, crossing, 1v1 defending

Midfielders/attackers – passing, combination play, attacking crosses, shooting

Defenders – defending 1v1 / 2v2, stopping attacks, building from defence

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes10 minutes20 minutes10 minutes7 minutes

What you get your players to do

Play on half a pitch with a manned goal.

Have two defenders in the penalty area and two waiting by the side of the goal.

Place two pairs of mannequins on the corner of the penalty box.

Have two pairs of attackers just outside the D.

Have two wide players on the right and two on the left, one of each pair with three balls at his feet ready to serve the ball.

To start, the server releases the wide runner who dribbles past the mannequins nearest him and delivers an outswinging cross for the first two attackers and defenders.

Then, the crosser passes back to the server who puts in an inswinging cross by the mannequins for the forwards and defenders to deal with.

Now rotate defenders and forwards and cross from the other side.

Wide server (WS) feeds right wide man (WR) to send in an outswinging cross. Then WR feeds WS for an inswinging cross.

Wide server (WS) feeds right wide man (WR) to send in an outswinging cross. Then WR feeds WS for an inswinging cross.


Development

Play on a 40-yard square divided into two halves with manned goals at both ends. Add a five-yard channel on each side.

In each half play 2v2 and each team has a wide player in each channel.

You act as the server on the centre spot. You pass to an attacker and the game develops. Get the ball wide.

The wide player not crossing can join the attack and make it a 3v2.

If there is no goal or if the ball is cleared you start an attack for the other team.

If a goal is scored, they get another attack.

You serve the ball to an attacker. The ball is fed wide and crossed. Attackers and defenders have to deal with it.

You serve the ball to an attacker. The ball is fed wide and crossed. Attackers and defenders have to deal with it.


Game situation

Play on the same size pitch but increase the channel to 8 yards.

Play 7v7, formation goalkeeper-4-2.

The game starts inside one half.

Both teams have two players in the wide channel making it a 4v4 in the centre and two 1v1s out wide.

Use the central area for quick combinations, use the wide area for dribbling, speed, trickery and crossing.

Play a normal 7v7 match, keeping two players in the wide channel at all times. Attacks start with players in the same half.

Play a normal 7v7 match, keeping two players in the wide channel at all times. Attacks start with players in the same half.


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