|Age: 12-Adlt||Intensity: Medium|
|Time: 25 mins||Positions: 2,3,4,5,6,8|
|Players: 11||Area: 55x35 yrds|
- Develop Playing Out the Back.
- Develop transition.
- Develop possession skills.
Diagram 1. Set-Up Arrangement
- 55x35 yrd playing area (Can use the space in front of the 18yrd area). (25 mins) 11 players. 7vs4. Footballs readily available next to the coach positioned on the half way line. 5 rectangles split the playing area to provide zones for the 2xCBs, 2xCMs and 2 FBs.
- The 2xCBs play in Zone A when in possession. The 2xFBs in Zones B & E. The 2xCMs in Zone D.
- The Counter Attacking Team begin in Zone C but can enter any zones.
- Back 4 and 2 CMs (8&6) in Yellow play against 4 opponents in Orange. Play is started by the coach playing a pass into either the Counter Attacking (Orange) Team, or to the GK. The team playing out from the back (Yellow) attempt to maintain possession from within their respective zones. The Counter Attacking Team (Orange) attempt to score in the large goal.
- On loosing possession the Yellow team can leave their zones and attempt to regain possession. When they have regained possession they must return to their zones.
- On scoring a goal or the ball exits play all players return to their starting zones.
- Play for 5 mins and then break for a 1 minute rest period.
- Possession passing targets can be set for the Yellow Team (i.e. 10 consecutive passes).
- Completing transition of the ball successfully from GK to midfielders can be used to gain a point also (i.e. from one target player to the target player at the opposite end = 1pt).
- Immediate pressure on loss of possession dropping to compact space and defend the edge of the penalty area.
- Full Backs taking up advanced positions to provide width.
- CBs should be split wide when playing out from the back.
- Receive in an open body stance to see all possible passing options and not make play predictable.
- Speed of transition both attacking to defending shape and vice versa.
- Patience and not forcing play forward or down one side of the field.
- Quick ball circulation with limited touches when playing around the back.
- Build diamonds and triangles in order to dominate and control possession.
- Overload in order to isolate and exploit poorly defended areas of the field.
- Distribution from the GK. Look to use the GK as a sweeper.
- Switch play in order to play away from pressure.
- Tempo should be high with limited touch quick passing and movement.
- Distances and angles of support relative to the ball carrier.
Diagram 2. Building Play
- Typical passing pattern showing the GK combining with the two CBs to play out using the CM and the the RFB also.
Diagram 3. Transition
- Example of the transition movement that takes place when the Counter Attacking team win possession. The Yellow team can abandon their zones and compress to defend.
- Progress the activity with altering the midfielders roles:
Diagram 4. Progression 1
- Example of the first progression and allowing the No.6 (CM) to drop into the central playing area. Similar to a full game scenario we are looking for our No.6 to drop low to connect play.
Diagram 5. Progression 2
- Example of the second progression where we have added a permanent No.6 (CM) who plays in the central playing area at all times in possession. We can still have the rule of allowing one of the other CM's to drop into this area also.
- Vary the size of the playing area to increase or decrease the difficulty level.