|Age: 12-Adlt||Intensity: Medium|
|Time: 25 mins||Positions: ALL|
|Players: 12||Area: 45x40 yrds|
- To train the ability to build up and play out from the back.
- Maintain possession in the defensive third.
Diagram 1. Set-Up Arrangement
- Set up a 45x40 yrd area split into 3 zones.
- 4 small gate goals (2 at each end).
- Players are assigned to a zone (i.e. 3 defenders, 2 midfielders, 1 attacker).
- Play in a 3-2-1 formation.
- The 3vs1 in the defensive third work to keep possession of the ball and look for an opportunity to pass or dribble into the midfield.
- Initially at the beginning of the session players must remain in their own thirds, shadow play can also be used to demonstrate how the play should develop from the back 3 players.
- Teams attempt to score in their opponents goals using good support to work the ball forward.
- No offsides.
- Forwards remain in their zones at all times (the attacking third).
- In the above diagram:
- A1 passes to A2 to maintain possession as they play the ball around the back changing the point of attack.
- A2 passes to A3.
- A3 then has two options, depending on the conditions of the game. Pass into the midfielder.
- Dribble (run with the ball) into the midfield and combine with the midfielders.
- Score by finishing in one of the gate goals on the opponents goal line.
- Spread out when in possession of the ball. The 2 outside defenders should go as wide as possible.
- The back 3 assumes a half moon shape.
- Supporting angles should be good.
- Communication between the defenders.
- Placement of the passes in front of each other.
- Look up to see if the ball can be dribbled forward.
- Receive with an open body stance.
Diagram 2 - 3-1-2 Formation (and potential 3rd man runner variation)
- Change the number of attackers to increase the difficulty (depending on the numbers you have available; this would leave 1 midfielder and still the 3 defenders).
- Add 2 strikers and only one midfielder now. Players can only move to the next zone by passing into a player in the midfield successfully.
- Only the player who passed the ball into the midfield can go forward.
- A defender has to run with the ball (dribble) out of the defensive area into the midfield zone.
- Any player can step up into the midfield zone after a pass has been played successfully into a midfielder. (i.e as with A1 in Diagram 2).
- Final variation is to allow all players on the team in possession to move into any third (zone) they wish. When possession is lost they must return to their original zone to allow the other team to build up play.