Week of October 25

Coaches

 

Have you ever heard of a low block or medium block press?  Or a team set up in a low block defensively?  Here's a great session to introduce this type of play to your teams- you could technically work on these sessions for the entire winter because these types of activities do not just happen.  It takes many weeks and months to do this type of training.  This is probably some of the most important aspects of the game.  


Progressive Sessions

Moment of the game: In possession.


Team task: Build-up.


Aim: Build-up from the first stage to the creative stage.


Macro principle:
Establish options in the middle vertical channel to play in verticality.


Sub-principles:
1. Position of the goalkeeper to aid in retaining possession or switch the point of attack.
2. Central defenders 4 and 5 widen up.
3. Full backs 2 and 3 move higher up the pitch with the midfield line.
4. Low playmaker 6 creates a numerical superiority at the back to create more options for the build-up.


Sub-sub-principles:
1. Receiving stance.
2. Quality of passes – fast and along the ground.
3. Closest teammates to provide support around the ball – in front and/or behind the ball.
4. First option is to play deep, otherwise retain the ball and switch play if necessary.


Practice – 4v4+GKs and two neutral flank players.

Players: The attacking team has a goalkeeper in goal, two central defenders and two midfielders. The defending team has two strikers, two midfielders and a goalkeeper in goal. A neutral player plays on each flank giving the team in possession a numerical advantage.


Workload: 3 x 5 minutes with two minutes rest in between series.


Duration: 19 minutes.


Description: All players are restricted to remain inside their assigned zones except for the number 6 of the attacking team who can freely move between zones. The neutral flank players are not allowed to score.


Game – 4v4 plus goalkeepers.

Players: The attacking team has a goalkeeper in goal, two central defenders and two midfielders. The defending team has two strikers, two midfielders and a goalkeeper in goal.

Workload: 3 x 5 minutes with two minutes rest in between series.


Duration: 19 minutes.


Description: Normal game with goalkeepers where the focus is on the attacking team (black) aiming to create the right opportunities to play forward. If the defending team win the ball, they counter on the opposite goal defended by the attacking team.


Progression: The attacking team may only score from a line marked twenty meters away from the defending team’s goal.


Moment of the game: In possession.


Team task: Build-up.


Aim: Create space and options to penetrate from central positions.


Macro principle:
Overload the middle area to create numerical superiority.


Sub-principles:
1. Striker 9 to provide length in the attack.
2. Lateral midfielders 7 and 11 to tuck inside and support the striker.
3. Midfielder 10 to provide cover and if necessary inserts himself into the attack.


Sub-sub-principles:
1. Counter movements to get free of marking to receive the ball in space.
2. Receiving stance.
3. Oriented first touch toward the direction of the next pass or move.
4. Timing of runs into the created space.
5. Timing and quality (weight and direction) of passes.


Practice – Four-player combination to finish on goal.

Players: Attacking players positioned in their respective positions in which they find themselves on the field of play. Therefore we have midfielder 10, lateral midfielders 7 and 11 and striker 9. We also have two defenders who become active after 10’s pass to 9 after the latter checks back to receive.

Duration: 10 minutes.

 

Description: The two defenders become active after 10’s pass to 9 and after the latter checks back to receive. Instruct both 7 and 11 to perform a counter movement as if to lose their marker before they receive the ball. After 9 receives the ball, it can be played back to 7 or to 10. From there the situation becomes free and the attackers have fifteen seconds to score.


Game – 4v4 to penetrate.

Players: Four attackers with reference to positions 7, 9, 10 and 11 and four defenders (two central defenders and two defensive midfielders) plus a goalkeeper in goal.


Workload: 3 x 5 minutes with two minutes rest in between series.


Duration: 19 minutes.


Description: The attacking team aims to play the ball behind the opposition’s defensive line and finish on goal against the goalkeeper. The attacker running in the space to receive the through ball plays 1v1 against the goalkeeper. If the defenders win the ball, they counter by guiding (passing or dribbling) the ball through the two mini goals marked with cones.


Progressions:
1. Move the marked inner area closer to the penalty area thus simulate playing against a low block. We can also narrow the width of the area to 20 or 25 yards.
2. As in one but a defender is allowed to contrast the attacker thus playing in a 1v1 situation.
3. Progress on (2) by having all the defenders tracking back when a through pass is played.


Moment of the game: Opponents in possession.

Team task: Deny the build-up.


Aim: Prevent the opponents from penetrating through the midfield.

Macro principle:
Compactness in the center of the pitch.


Sub-principles:
1. Compact midfield sector.
2. Zonal marking.
3. Cut off forward passing lanes.
4. Force play towards the outside.


Sub-sub-principles:
1. Establish pressure on the ball.
2. Mark potential receivers.
3. Distance and angles of coverage.
4. Marking stance and positioning.

Practice – Prevent penetration.

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