INSPIRED, CONFIDENT & EFFECTIVE COACHING

The Conductor

The conductor may be the person who controls a group of musicians but on your team, he pulls the strings when it comes to attacks. Xavi Hernandez of FC Barcelona is one famous player who thrives in this crucial role.

What this session is about

  1.  Wanting to be in possession of the ball.
  2.  Building and creating attacks.
  3.  Dominating possession of the ball.

What to think about

All teams need players who want to be in possession of the ball and can influence the game.

A “conductor” in midfield is able to control the speed of the game and allow his team to dominate possession of the ball.

A conductor must have good receiving skills, good passing ability and the vision to play a killer pass that creates a goal.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

Each team places one player in each of the 10-yard squares, as shown in the top picture.

The players are now in a 1v1 situation in the area.

The conductor works in the middle of the pitch and is the only player who is able to go in each of the four areas.

The conductor plays for the team in possession of the ball and is limited to two touches.

The aim is for the team in possession to make five passes to score a point.

Two teams try to play “keepball” with players in different areas. The conductor (C) helps the team in possession and can go in any area.

Two teams try to play “keepball” with players in different areas. The conductor (C) helps the team in possession and can go in any area.


Development

Use two teams again and use a goal at each end of the area. Each team places two defenders in its defensive half of the pitch and two attackers in its attacking half of the pitch.

The conductor works in the centre zone (with a supply of balls) and is the only player allowed inside this area, as shown in the middle picture.

To start, the conductor passes to one team of attackers and is free to go and join the attack for this team.

Once the attack is completed, the conductor turns and runs back to the centre zone and passes to the attackers in the opposite half of the field.

This means the conductor is continuously building attacks and creating 3v2 situations.

Rotate the conductor as this role involves non-stop action and can be very tiring for the player.

The conductor (C) passes to two attackers and creates a 3v2 situation. After that attack, he does the same in the opposite area.

The conductor (C) passes to two attackers and creates a 3v2 situation. After that attack, he does the same in the opposite area.


Game situation

Play a small-sided game in which the conductor plays for the team in possession of the ball.

The game is played for three periods of five minutes.

Period 1 – all players are limited to two touches. The conductor has unlimited touches as this improves the conductor’s influence on the game and the players’ willingness to use him.

Period 2 – all players have unlimited touches. The conductor is limited to two touches as this forces the conductor to think quickly in possession of the ball and be on the move constantly to create space.

Period 3 – all players and the conductor have unlimited touches.

In a small-sided game, the conductor (C) plays for the team in possession but there are various restrictions.

In a small-sided game, the conductor (C) plays for the team in possession but there are various restrictions.


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