EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

High press

This game is all about pressing high. It will help both individual roles and team movement when pressing opponents in their own half of the pitch, starting from their defensive third.

Set up

Set up two separate but adjacent areas of 20×35 yards, with one full size goal and two mini goals. Split your players into two teams of 10 and playing a 6v4 in each area, with each team having a back four and two midfielders in one area and a front four in the other and a goalkeeper in each main goal.

How to play it

The team of six must keep the ball below waist height. The aim for the team of six is to score in the mini-goals, while the front four must try to regain possession ands core against the keeper in the main goal.

Progress this part of the session by restricting touches for the keeper and the team of six.

Play four sets of four minutes, with two minutes to rest between sets.

High pressing game

    1. The back four and two midfielders aim to score in the mini-goals while the front four try to regain possession and score against the GK.
    2. See how many goals the front four can score compared to the front four in the other area.
    3. The back four and two midfielders must keep the ball below waist height.
    4. Session always starts with the goalkeeper.
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