Week of November 1

Play behind an opponent line in the middle third

Small-sided possession game: 4 + 2 v 3 

Sequence

Two teams of four (the black one) and of three players (the yellow one) are placed inside a three zones rectangular set-up, as well as two neutral players. Three possession players are placed inside the lower area, a 2 v 1 duel is played in the middle among the defenders and the first neutral player and another 2 v 1 duel is played inside the upper zone among one possession player and a neutral one against a defender. The goal for the team in possession is to pass through the areas, behind the first defenders line and to keep the possession for a fix limit of time inside the upper area, before passing the ball back to start the sequence again. If a defender wins the ball, he switches the position with the opponent who played the wrong pass.


Variations
• Keep the ball in the middle for a fix limit of time before passing back and forward behind the first defenders line.


Eye on: play decisive passes, be unmarked behind the defense line, keep the possession under pressure.

Rondo: 3 + 3 v 3

Sequence
Two teams of three players are placed inside a three zones rectangular set-up as well as a third one of neutral players. Two possession players and a neutral one are placed inside the lower area, a 2 v 1 duel is played in the middle among the defenders and the second neutral player and another 2 v 1 duel is played inside the upper zone among one possession player and a neutral one against a defender. The goal for the team in possession is to pass through the areas, behind the first defenders line, while two of the three black players exchange their positions in the outer areas. If the defenders win the ball, they switch their positions with the opponents, passing the ball to the lower neutral player.


Variations
• Keep the ball in the upper area, playing 2 + 1 v 1 (or 2) for a fix limit of time before passing back to start the sequence again.


Eye on: play decisive passes, be unmarked behind the defense line, run without the ball to receive in behind.


Positional game: 3 + 3 v 3

Sequence
Two teams of three players are placed inside a rectangular set-up, as well as a third one of neutral players. The possession team has the right and the left midfielders and the right or left forward; the neutral team has a center defender, the center midfielder and the center forward. The goal for the team in possession is to play forward, behind the defenders’ lines, through the lower center neutral player, while the wide forward drops back to receive first and the left midfielder runs deep to receive then, and to pass to the center forward to finish. If the defenders, who are always placed in the middle, win the ball, they switch their positions and the roles with the opponents, playing with the neutral players.


Variations
• One defender must switch the role as opposite wide forward
• If the defenders win the possession, they switch their positions with the neutral players.


Eye on: alternate runs to drop back and to run deep, close the passing lanes, quick transitions.


Transition: 3 + 1 v 3 

If the defenders win the ball, they act as center defender, right and left fullbacks. They must counter attack, switching the side and scoring in one of the outer mini goals, in a 3 + 1 (center neutral midfielder) v 3 duel. One yellow player must run wide to receive from the center defender and the move must be finish on the other flank by the opposite fullback. The black players become defenders. 

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