Cal South E-News | April 2012 COACHING EDUCATION
Reprinted from the Coaching Blog on www.usyouthsoccer.org
By Tom Turner, Ohio Youth Soccer Association - North
Combination play can be defined in very narrow terms, such as wall passing or overlapping; more broadly, as in combinations that are initiated with vertical or horizontal passes; or, very generally, as in any movement or combination involving two or more players that maintains possession or achieves penetration. The organization of the practice space and numbers will be dependent on the definition used. For the purpose of this outline, the broader definition is applied. The practice numbers are assumed to be 5v5.
Activity in unrestricted space
• Provide half as many balls (5) as players (10) and circulate the balls within the team.
Activity in restricted space
• Numbers: 3v3+4 (bumper game)
Game to one goal with counter
• Numbers: 4 attackers versus 3 defenders and a GK. Two support/target players. This becomes 5v4 with the coach as the support player/target.
Game to two goals
• Numbers: 5v5 / 5v5+1 with coach