Developing Attacking Play in the Opponents Defending Third

Developing Attacking Play in the Opponents Defending Third

The attacking team has the ball. This is the start position of the game situation.

The idea is to have this phase, being the attacking one, and working on various ideas of movement, rotation and interchange to try to score.

You can focus on this until success is achieved from an attacking point of view.

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Teaching Movement “Off the Ball” Through the Transition Directional Target Game - Training Center Exclusive

Teaching Movement “Off the Ball” Through the Transition Directional Target Game - Training Center Exclusive

With this session we are working on the following:

  1. Creating Space by running off the ball to receive or to help a teammate receive.

  2. Quality of Passing; long and short to targets and to teammates.

  3. Support play: working angles and distances incorporating switching play using the side players.

  4. Receiving and Turning in tight situations and dribbling in 1 v 1 situations.

  5. Quick decision making is required in this session because the numbers are small, the area tight and the transitions rapid.

As a coach you can work in this session how to defend properly as individuals and a team or how to attack properly as individuals and a team.

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Quick Transition Directional Play Promoting Passing and Movement Off the Ball

Quick Transition Directional Play Promoting Passing and Movement Off the Ball

This session improves quick decision making, tight control because the spaces are small to play in, and thinking in advance due to the switch in direction of the play. You can also work on the defending players.

 

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How To Set-up A Small-Sided Game

How To Set-up A Small-Sided Game

Small-sided games are less than 11 v 11 and can be any number from 3 v 3 to 9 v 9. The general sizes of a game to establish team coaching themes are usually 6 v 6 or 8 v 8. Here are two examples of set ups for these sizes of games and information on U.S. Soccer's small-sided games standards.

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Awareness One Touch Theme Developmental Training: Incorporating Movement Off the Ball

Awareness One Touch Theme Developmental Training: Incorporating Movement Off the Ball

Players are generally all very good at playing using many touches; that is; dribbles, turns and running with the ball, that is more technical training / playing.  

But often not so good at one touch quick thinking and quick decision making training, that is more skill training / playing.

Hence why we must increasingly do this training with them.

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When to Close in Wide and Central Areas

When to Close in Wide and Central Areas

This session covers when and when not to close down in wide and then central areas. The practice develops into an 11 v 11 game situation, still working with the defending team. The coach serves to the opponents in different locations on the field and the team needs to try to win the ball back individually and collectively.

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Italian Pressing and Conditioning Play Part 3: Identifying When and Where to Drop; Hold the Line, Slide; Press the Ball and Push or Sprint Up

Italian Pressing and Conditioning Play Part 3: Identifying When and Where to Drop; Hold the Line, Slide; Press the Ball and Push or Sprint Up

Add players to the practice. Have the game set up as a normal phase play, attackers against defenders. Attackers have to try to score, defenders try to win the ball back and score in the little goals. The defenders have five passes to score once they win the ball then it goes back to the attacking side. 

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Italian Pressing and Conditioning Play Part 1: Pressing from the Back and Condensing Play

Italian Pressing and Conditioning Play Part 1: Pressing from the Back and Condensing Play

Pressing from the Back and Condensing Play. Defenders drop off slower than attackers to allow them to get close and to delay their forward momentum.  The defenders attack the ball the moment the furthest attacker is along the defensive line of the last defender. They move together to the ball, in this case treble- teaming the man on the ball.

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Defensive Pressing to Push Up Without Touching the Ball

Defensive Pressing to Push Up Without Touching the Ball

This is a great session to teach the players and shows how they can push opponents back even when THE OPPONENTS have the ball.

We will try to push them back without even touching the ball ourselves. We start on the edge of our box we try to get our back three up to the half way line.  Set Conditions will help us do this to start the process off.

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