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Cal South E-News | May 2013 COACHING EDUCATION

May 20, 2013


Featured Lesson Plan
Attacking: Movement Off The Ball

by Elliott Spruell
Cal South Coaching Education Coordinator

#1 | 5 Players Passing in 5 Grids (20 minutes)


• A playing area is split into five separate grids. One player will occupy each of the five grids. You will need one ball.


• Yellow players pass the ball among themselves. After making a pass, the passer must change grids with another player right, left, or in the center of the area. Players are allowed two touches.


• Add a second group of five players that partake in the same activity with a separate ball. This will increase the pressure without adding defenders.

Coaching Points:

• Players receive the pass across their body in order to see the entire playing area.
• Regardless of movement, players should always be looking toward the center of the area and be able to see the ball to increase awareness and speed of play.

#2 | 5 vs. 2 in 5 Grids (20 minutes)


• Two teams. Each team is separated into their own five-zone area.


• The blue team maintains possession in their own five-zone area while two yellow defenders move into the playing area. At this point the game becomes 5 vs. 2. The blue player who makes the pass must change positions with any other blue player; always maintaining the balance of only one player in an area.

• The blue team maintains possession for as long as possible. Once the yellow team wins possession, they play across to their team and two players move across to defend.

Coaching Points:

• When maintaining possession, always stay open to the field. Receive the ball across your body as much as possible.
• As you move into another area, always be able to see the ball.
• Mental recognition to always move after you pass.

#3 | 5 vs. 2 in 5 Grids to Goal (20 minutes)


• The game is 5 vs. 2 inside the middle playing area.


• Yellow keeps possession for five consecutive passers. The yellow passer must change positions with a teammate after each pass. If needed, the yellow can pass back to GK2 to maintain possession, but this pass does not count toward the five required passes.

• After five passes are made, the yellow team attacks GK1 playing 5 vs. 5. At any point, if the defending team gains possession, they pass back to their goalkeeper and the teams change roles.

Coaching Points:

• Players receive the pass across their body in order to see the entire playing area.
• Regardless of movement, players should always look toward the center of the area and in a sideways on position.
• In order to maintain possession, it is best to always play at angles.
• Once the attacking team connects five passes, attack at speed to take advantage.

#4 | 7 vs. 7 Match


• 7 vs. 7


• Teams play 7 vs. 7 with no restrictions.

Coaching Points:

• Emphasize taking shots when possible.

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