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Powerplay

This session is inspired by the ice hockey final at the Olympic Winter Games. Canada were leading 2-1 with seconds left. The USA coach removed his goalkeeper to give his team a player overload and this led to the equalising goal, and overtime. The USA lost, but the coach’s bravery deserved more.

What this session is about

  1.  Adopting an attacking style of play.
  2.  Using your overload situation.
  3.  Making sure you take your chances.

What to think about

During the powerplay, one team attacks with an extra player and no goalkeeper, which gives them an advantage if they pass the ball quickly to create chances to score. However, this team must take care of the ball as the opposition can steal possession and then quickly launch a counter attack to score. Therefore, this session gives you lots to work on.

Set-up

  • A 50 yards by 30 yards area split into three zones. The central zone should be 20 yards by30 yards. The end zones should be 15 yards by 30 yards.
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What you get your players to do

Play a small-sided game for 8 minutes, with two minutes rest, where both teams have an equal number of players.

However, there is a neutral player that plays for the team in possession.

Players are only allowed to shoot once they enter one of the end zones.

Normal football is played with a neutral player who plays for the team in possession. Players are only allowed to shoot inside the end zone.

Normal football is played with a neutral player who plays for the team in possession. Players are only allowed to shoot inside the end zone.


Development

Now the game moves into the second period again lasting 8 minutes with 2 minutes rest. One team is nominated to lose their goalkeeper and gain the extra outfield player.

Can this team make use of their powerplay? Or will they lose possession and give up their open goal?

For period three, again lasting 8 minutes, the powerplay is switched to the other team.

In period two, the white team remove their goalkeeper and have an extra outfield player.

In period two, the white team remove their goalkeeper and have an extra outfield player.


Game situation

This session is based around a small-sided game where the teams have various overload situations in possession.

The first period offers little danger when possession is lost. But in periods two and three, the importance for the team with the extra player to keep possession is vital, as losing the ball often leads to losing a goal.

Therefore, just playing a normal game will reinforce these strategies even further.

But, if they lose possession, then their goal is left open!

But, if they lose possession, then their goal is left open!


What to call out

  • “Can you get into the end zone to shoot”
  • “Move the ball quickly to find the spare player”
  • “Take care and protect the ball”
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