EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Supporting a team mate in possession

This week’s session builds on players supporting the forward pass by offering them options for combining to beat the defenders such as an overlap or one-two.

What this session is about

The session is about giving your team mate support through communication and movement off the ball.

What to think about

Often young players stand and watch or admire their pass.

You will often hear of players “ball watching” whilst the game is going on.

This session develops your players to ensure they are always active in the game whether communicating, making runs to receive or creating space for the player in possession.

Set-up

  •  40x30yd area.
Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes10 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

The player passes to his team mate and leaves him in a 1v1 situation with the defender. The player must follow the play but stay behind his team mate using communication support to give his team mate confidence and unsettle the defender (“go on”, “take him on”, “go past him”).

If needed, the team mate can turn and pass back to the supporting player and the roles are reversed.

The supporting player can make an overlap (1) or underlap (2).

The supporting player can make an overlap (1) or underlap (2).


Development

The player now passes to his team mate and must make a run either outside (overlap) or inside (underlap) in order to give the team mate a passing option and to disrupt the defender. The player in possession can now asses the situation and look to pass or use the run as a disguise to dribble themselves.

A 2nd defender and 2nd attacker can be added. The player making the initial pass can make a run or support behind the play. The 2nd attacker should look to pull a defender away by making a run or come to feet and look for a wall pass.

Extra players require more decisions on how and where to move the ball.

Extra players require more decisions on how and where to move the ball.


Game situation

Two teams of players and a group of neutral players. The coach passes across to the neutral player who makes a pass to the team of their choice. Immediately a 3v2 game commences. Can the two players not in possession (the neutral and the remaining team mate) communicate and make supporting runs to help the player in possession?

Neutrals choose their team mates and must support each other to score.

Neutrals choose their team mates and must support each other to score.


What to call out

  •  “Play at match tempo”
  •  “Give your team mate some advice”
  •  “Communicate”
  •  “Give your team mate an option”
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