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Quick Attacking Combination Play (Chelsea)

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Drill Objective(s) 
  1. Develop the ability of players to find solutions to penetrate defensive lines. 
  2. Develop a teams ability to maintain possession. 
  3. Develop players combination play. 
  4. Develop Finishing.
  • Drill No: COM13
  • Age: 14-18
  • No Players: 9 (+GK)
  • Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced
  • Area/Time: 18x25yrds (adjust as necessry) (20mins)
Diagram 1
ORGANISATION:
  • 18x25yrd grid added onto the end of a penalty area marked by cones (Zone A).
  • 5vs4 (+GK)
  • Red vs. Yellow team.
  • Red team defend the goal and play around the active offside line indicated by the yellow cones.
  • An assistant coach (or player) monitors this line to watch for any offside calls.
  • The attacking team should be formed around the system of play currently adopted by the team being trained. For example, the above diagram shows a team attacking in a 4-3-3, using the front three and two attacking midfielders. Could as easily be the there attacking midfielders and the two forwards of a 4-4-2.
INSTRUCTIONS:
  • In the playing area added to the 18yrd box (Zone A) the yellow (attacking team A1,A2,A3,A4,A5) combine from a pass in form the coach to create chances to break down the defensive line and score.
  • The defending team should play a high line to prevent long shots and catch the attacking team offside.
  • The attacking team should be developing combination play and off the ball runs to create and open space.
  1. A2 passes into A3 following a ball played in the the coach.
  2. A3 checks to loose their mark and layoff a pass.
  3. A4 looks up and slots a through ball to A5 into space behind the defensive line.
SCORING:

1 goal = Scoring on the full size goal (Attacking Team)

1 goal = Score by playing a pass through to the coach (Defending Team)

KEY COACHING POINTS:
  1. Players need to use movements to create space to support in tight areas (possibly man marked).
  2. Develop a fast playing tempo.
  3. Develop good link up play (Overlaps, 1-2's, Take-Overs, etc).
  4. Play with head up to see opportunities to play through balls into Zone B.
  5. How to create space.(i.e. check away from where you want to receive, takes defenders eyes off you, push off the defender to get seperation)
  6. Look to play quick combinations.
  7. Limited touches to facilitate quick play.
PROGRESSIONS
  1. Require a specific combination (Link-Up play) before a goal can be scored (1-2, Take-Over, overlap).
  2. Goal can only be scored following a through ball into Zone B.
Diagram 2
VARIATIONS:
  1. 2 touch in Zone A to encourage quick play around the 18yrd box.
  2. 1 touch finishing only.
  3. Shape the defending 4 to have 3 marking backs and one sweeper to give the attacking team a different defense to break down.
 
NOTES AND OBSERVATIONS:
Allow the players freedom to experiment with attacking runs and clever interchange around the 18yrd area. Develop the timing of through passes. Assistant Coach needs to be alert to make the game realistic.
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