Attacking soccer practice incorporating speed reaction training.
This attacking soccer practice is intended for players aged 11 and older.
The warm up is in 2 phases:
In this phase we are trying to get the players settled into the session in a fun competitive activity. The practice chosen will guarantee lots of touches and a lot of success.
- Split the area into 2 parts with one team in each part
- Play the ball into one side. Once that team has made 3 passes one member of the opposing team can enter the grid and try to win the ball.
- Each team the team makes 3 passes it scores a point and another player from the opposition can enter the grid.
- Once the ball goes out of play then another ball is played to the opponents and the games starts in reverse
- If the defending team play the ball out they do not regain possession.
- To regain possession either their opponents must play the ball out or the defending team must transfer the ball to their side
- Awareness and calmness in possession
- Good shape to keep the ball with players on all side and in the center of the grid
- Defending as unit by forcing the ball to one side
- Body shape
In this phase we look to increase the intensity and allow the players to dribble and run with the ball – skills that will be important later in the session.
- Arrange the players in a circle.
- Use multiple balls.
- The players receive a pass from another player and dribble across the circle before finding a new player to pass to.
- The progression is for the players to exhibit a trick or skill as they work their way across the circle.
Part 1 – Attacking soccer practice
Shooting with speed reaction
- As in the video below
- In reality this is basically an unopposed practice but it will not feel like that unless the players relax and focus on their technique.
- Good set to allow for a first time shot
- Quality, relaxed strike even as the defender approaches quickly in an attempt to block the shot. The forward should stay calm and focus on a good execution of the shot.
- Visual cues and speed reaction – can the defender focus on the feet of the passer to see as early as possible in which direction the pass is headed.
- Being alive to rebounds.
Part 2 – Attacking soccer practice
2 vs 1, 3 vs 2 and 3 vs 3
- As in the video below
- Calmness and a quality finish in the 2 vs 1 and 3 vs 2. Passed finish to the near post or firm accurate shot across the goalkeeper to the far post?
- Mentality to look for rebounds and desire to score.
- Holding the run. The supporting player in the 2 vs 1 should look to stay level with the ball carrier so any pass can be played ahead of them to run onto. Young players tend to be so anxious they run so far forward that the ball cannot be passed to their back foot without being intercepted.
- In the 3 vs 2 can a player run directly at a defender to freeze them and create a 2 vs 1.
- Use of overlaps to create the 2 vs 1.
- Play a free game to finish the session