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Cal South E-News | August 2012 COACHING EDUCATION

August 21, 2012

Changing the Point of Attack

by Elliott Spruell | Cal South

Warm-up

Organization:

• Groups of three players in a large grid. One ball per group.

Activity:

• Each group passing the ball among themselves for a few seconds before making a long pass to another group on the other side of the grid.

5v5 in Six Grids

Organization:

• Play 5v5 in a 45x30 yard area, divided into six 15x15 yard squares

Activity:

• Team looks to possess in the 45x30 yard area. The team in possession of the ball may only make three consecutive passes in one 15x15 yard square before the ball must be transferred to another square. If a team makes more than three consecutive passes in one square, the ball is turned over to the other team.

Variation:

• First team to seven consecutive passes gets a point

Coaching Points:

• Playing quickly out of pressure
• Vision
• Using combination play to get out of pressure
• Proper supporting angle
• When to switch/penetrate

5v5 + 2 to Wide Goals

Organization:

• 5v5 + 2 neutral players in a 30x45 yard area

Activity:

• Each team defends two wide goals. A team scores by dribbling through one of their two goals. Neutral players have two touches.

Variations:

• Pass through the goal for a point
• Neutral players have one touch

Coaching Points:

• Maintain possession until a scoring opportunity presents itself
• Focus on receiving with the body with the hips open so the player can see the whole field
• First touch into space
• Switch the point of attack quickly to create space
• Use the neutrals to maintain possession and create space
• Proper technique when striking the ball
• Preparation touch

9v9 to Back-to-Back Goals

Organization:

• 9v9 in the area between the penalty boxes. Two full goals are placed back-to-back in the center circle.

Activity:

• Each round starts with the keeper throwing a ball to the opposite half of the field. Attacking team can score on either goal. When the defending team wins possession, it must complete at least one pass before starting an attack.

Coaching Points:

• Playing quickly out of pressure
• Vision
• Using combination play to get out of pressure
• Proper passing technique
• Proper supporting angles
• Communication
• When to switch/penetrate
• Finding numbers up situations

7v7

Organization:

• 7v7 with no restrictions

Coaching Points:

• Body position
• Effective first touch
• Good vision
• Proper supporting angles
• When to switch the point of attack
• Play quickly

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