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

 

For videos from top Professional Academies including Chelsea FC check out:

 

 
 

Guest Session by Lee Bennet – Bolton Wanderers FC – Small Sided Games (1v1, 2v2, 3v3, 4v4)

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Lee Bennet – Bolton Wanderers FC

International Soccer Schools & Academy Coach

Lee Bennet - Bolton

Lee Bennett works for Bolton Wanderers FC. He works for Botlons Wanderers FC Academy and for the International Soccer Schools program. He holds a UEFA B License and FA Youth Module 2.

You can Contact Lee on twitter: @leebennet_13

Session: (to enlarge, click on image)

Bolton Session 2

Bolton Session 3

For videos from top Professional Academies check out:

 

Guest Session by Mark Lyons – When to Dribble or when to Pass – Northampton Town FC

Mark Lyons – Northampton Town FC

Mark Lyons is a Lead foundation Coach at Northampton Town FC Academy. He his head coach of the U9 team at the club. He has the UEFA B License and FA Youth Module 1,2 and 3.

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Guest Session by Jason Webber – Cardiff City FC Academy – Keeping the Ball under Pressure

 Jason Webber – Cardiff City Academy Coach

Jason Webber is a coach at Cardiff city FC Academy. He is the coach of the U14 team.

He has a UEFA ‘B’ License, and is pursuing the UEFA ‘A’ License.

You can follow Jason on Twitter: @WebberTJason

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Guest Session by Nigel Law – Glenavon FC N.Ireland Premier Lg – Switching the point of the Attack

Nigel Law – Glenavon FC

Nigel Law , 27 years old and first team coach at Glenavon FC in the Northern Irish Premier League, a position he has held since December 2011.

Nigel holds a UEFA ‘A’ Licence and is one of the youngest people to coach at first team level.

You can follow Nigel on twitter @Nige32

 

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Guest Session by Andy Cook – Arsenal Ladies U17 Centre of Excellence Coach – Counter Attacking

Andy Cook – Arsenal Ladies Centre of Excellence

Andy has a multi-faceted role overseeing the Centre of Excellence Under-17s, managing the reserves and working with Laura Harvey (First Team Manager) in the Elite Education Programme.

His responsibilities also include player recruitment and scouting for the youth section

Andy has the UEFA ‘B’ License and is pursuing the UEFA ‘A’ License.

You can follow Andy on twitter: @Andycook87

Session – Counter Attacking

Phase of Play: Transition in Attack – Regaining Possession – Counter attack and end product (Any thing under 6 passes or as long as opposition does not have equal numbers in and around the ball)

Main Principle: Forward Passes

Sub-Principles

  1. Change Attitude – Open the options and pass forward
  2. Score as soon possible – take advantage opponents lack of organisation
  3. If it is not possible to play forward we retain possession and build up pressure – links back to offensive organisation (Over 6 passes)

Guest session by Ryan Hall – Tottenham Hotspurs Academy – 1v1 2v1 2vGK Penetration thru Possession

1v1 2v1 2vGK Penetration thru Possession

Ryan Hall – Tottenham Hotspurs Academy

Ryan Hall is a coach at Tottenham Hotspurs Academy working with the younger players. He has his UEFA ‘B’ License and the FA Youth Module Level 2. he is pursuing the UEFA ‘A’ License.

You can follow him on twitter: @RyanAHall

Session:

Session aims: To penetrate opposition lines in possession of the ball.

Transition Games

Transition Games and Video

Here are some Transition (Attacking to Defending / Defending to Attacking) Games. A Coach can work on Either topic or both. I use these games a lot for Defensive Principles.

Transition games are great as they are very Game related. Soccer/Football is all about Transitions.

“The most important moment in the game today is when the ball is won or lost.” – Gérard Houllier

Here is a great video on Transition by Barcelona (below) When Defending they call it the “6 second rule”. They have to get the ball back in 6 seconds (high pressing). If they don’t get the ball they retreat and get their defensive shape.


Possession Exercisies

Here are some Possession Exercises working on Movement, Awareness, ball control, decision making:

Warm up activity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conditioned Passing Games