Session to develop passing and receiving technique. We then introduce players to different 4v4 conditioned games where they have to solve different problems.
Short passing and receiving
Patience in possession
Penetration in attack
Forward runs, runs into space
Warmup – Technical (Passing) (20mins)
Description: Three variations of short passing, slowly lifting the tempo as the warm up goes on. Players should work on developing passing and receive technique, ideally working with 1 or 2 touches maximum.
SSG – Playing against a high line (20mins)
Description: This game mimics playing against a team that defends high up the pitch, the team in possession must look to beat the offside trap and either drive into the attacking third or receive a well timed pass.
Once the attacker breaks into the end zone only 1 defender can follow in to defend. As the players get used to the drill add more pressure or regress as required.
Add more pressure
Remove offside – now all attacking players must be over half way line to score. Helps to develop sense of when to move up the pitch as a unit
Add strikers into the end zones, they must receive the ball with their backs to goal and look to set a midfielder for a shot from distance. This can be useful when the attacker is being tightly marked
Play starts from Goal Keeper who must play into central zone, you can retain possession by going back to keeper unopposed
If ball goes out of middle zone simply kick in rather than throw, if ball goes out in either end zone it is goal keepers ball, no corners
If you score you keep possession but start from your keeper
Description: Basic session to introduce the Attacking Principles of Play (WIMPS).
Fun warmup developing to simple 5v2 Possession exercise before moving to a game specific directional Possession exercise.
Session Coaching Points:
Introducing Attacking Principles of Play (WIMPS)
Develop Passing and Receiving Technique
Good communication with team mates
Agility Warm up
Description: Players in two equal lines facing each other with one ball. First player passes to opposite player before performing a ladder exercise and joining the opposite group. Repeat Circuit for 2-3mins depending on number of players then progress.
Side to Side
Dribble to opposite group then go back through ladder
Setup: 10x10m area (Use 2 areas depending on player numbers) Time: 20mins
Description: 5v2 possession exercise where players can move throughout the 10×10 grid, focus on introducing “WIMPS” and basic tactical. Can the players use Width? Support? Mobility? Also focus on passing and receiving Technique.
Award players 1 point for every 10 consecutive passes and change the defenders. If this is too much lower to the ability of the players.
Change defenders regularly or have two teams of 5 and have 3 substitute defenders. Attacking team can have 5mins to practice then change roles.
Limit to 2 touches
Play “penetrating pass” through two defenders to score 3 points
Limit to 1 touch
Setup: 30x15m area (Two areas if player numbers allow) Time: 20mins
Description: 3v3 inside a rectangle area, with a target man on either end. Teams must play the ball from one side of the grid to the other to score a point. They can go back to the end player they received from to retain possession but will not score a point.
Change end players and middle payers regularly.
Focus on, 2 players going wide for the server, third attacker makes plenty of movement.