EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Speed of play and penetration

This session encourages players to get behind the defence using a progressive practice that builds up to 7v7

Why use it

Important for teams to keep possession and as individuals get behind opponents and win 1v1s.

Set up

You need balls, bibs, cones and two goals with pitch sizes marked on the diagrams. We used 6 players in the session

Technique

Good movement and passing with a smart final pass. First touch should be good.

How to do it

DIAGRAM 1 Start as 3v2+GK (progress to 4v3+GK). One CB and one forward in each final third remain in play at all times. Attack goes in one direction. After a goal/shot at keeper/turnover one player from each team leaves the field. The GK now distributes to one of the two wide options and a 3v2 ensues the other way.

Building up play to 7v7

    1. In the first session players should try to commit the defender with good combination play in the midfield looking to penetrate
    2. Important that play is direct and positive with quick reactions in transition

DIAGRAM 2 Play 7v7 in a field with 3 zones. One CB and one forward in each final third with a 4v4 in the middle zone. The objective of the 4 in possession is to play into the target player. When the target player is played to a team mate may support in the final third.

Hit the target player

    1. In the 7v7 players must look for opportunities to get behind opponents making good use of space and support play
    2. Look to play diagonal passes into straight runs and straight passes into diagonal runs

DIAGRAM 3 Set up a 7v7 in a field with 3 zones. Play 6v 6 in the middle zone. The objective of the team in possession is to play into a designated forward player. When the target player is found the team may then release on the pass or dribble one player into the final third.

7v7 battle

    1. Now good passing into the final third needs good timing from the passer and the receiver who must remain onside and try to get a strike on goal
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