Guest Session by Scott Hastings – Works at Chelsea FC- Possession Orientated SSG’s

Scott Hastings – Works at Chelsea FC

Scott is a Chelsea FC – Foundation Coach. He has the FA level 1 & 2, Futsal level 1 and a BA (Hons) in Football Studies.

You can follow Scott on twitter: @Scotty_Hastings

Session:

Challange them with 30 seconds challanges that they will perform at a high tempo (eg right foot, left foot, both feet, sole of the foot, toe taps, turns and skills)

Diagram shows half inside and half out, this could be a variation, so once you have done your 30 second challange, swap with a player on the outside.

Similar set up (include gates)

– Have players pair up and pass amongst each other (Give kids freedom, let them play)

– After freedom introduce challanges (pass through as many gates as you can in a time limit)

– Keep challanges varied and always keep the tempo high!

Same square

– Split players into four teams of three players, and put them in a zone.

– Give each player a number, and tell the players to pass and move in their area (unopposed)

– When the coach shouts a number, have the player run clockwise into the next area to try and win the ball

– Very simply, first player to win the ball gets a point.

Progression to Small Sided Games (SSG)

 

 Set Up

– Two teams in each half

– Number of balls with the coach ready to feed in

– Area size depends on number of players

(NOTE: Diagram didnt allow me to expand area so that is the reason theres no depth)

– Coach feeds the ball into either side

– Opposite team sends one player to close the ball down.

– Massive overload (6v1) to begin with which is unrealistic, however creates alot of success

Coaching Tips:

Coach team to make the area as big as possible

– More defenders come in, encourage attacking team to get between depends to link play

– If you have an odd amount of players, let him be “magic man” and play for both teams.

Set Up

– 1v1 in the final thirds, and a 4v4 in the middle area

– Vary area size (again diagram wouldnt allow me to expand)

– Give the players a lot of freedom

– Allow them to work out how to get it into their target

– Make sure you rotate the players roles

– Could add progressions such as make five passes then try and get to target man etc

Coaching Tips:

The target isnt static, he should be moving in relation to the balls position to help support his team (see red target)

– Remind players to always find new positions and dont be afraid to “start again”.

Set Up

– 4v4 inside the square

– Four neutral targets outside the area

– No goalkeepers

– When a team has the ball, essentially it is 8v4 if you include the targets.

– Set a condition of one touch finish

– Give players freedom

– Target men can be static/passive

– Progress to allow targets to switch the ball

Coaching Points:

– Remind players to create new spaces

– Use targets to keep possession

– Dont be afraid to start again

 

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