ACADEMY AUTUMN SESSION 5

WARM UP - REACTIVE AGILITY - (5 MINS)

FUNCTION 2 : FOLLOW THE LEADER

COACHING DETAIL • players should adopt ‘bouncy’ positions in which they are ‘on their toes’ and ready to react to their opponent’s movement. • The ‘reacting’ players should scan the movement (from the hips down) of their opponent to pick up any cues they might provide as to how they will move next.

BALL MASTERY - (10 MINS)

LOOKING FOR EXPLOSIVE MOVEMENT & CHANGE OF DIRECTION

COACHING DETAIL: Think about encouraging the players to be on the balls of the feet when changing direction and to use body feints. Look to explode and slow down, scan for space.

COMBOS: 

  • Outside Cut, then Inside Cut, 
  • Step Over, then Cryuff turn
  • Give players ownership on other combos

NON DIRECTIONAL POSSESSION GAME (10 MINS)

COACHES NOTES (12 players - create two 4v2 pitches) (11 or less players - create 7v4 or 7v3 or 6v3 etc)

COACHING DETAIL: OUT OF POSSESSION DEFENDING AS A PAIR • Protect the middle of the pitch. • First player directs play, second player covers and anticipates the next pass. • Recognise when to press and when to maintain shape. • Recognise triggers to press – poor passes, poor touches, ball on the touchline, ball in the air.

Our focus is on defensive principles

CONDITIONED SMALL-SIDED GAME (20 MINS) last two pages of PDF

EQUIPMENT CHANGE : USE CONES AS GATES TO PASS OR DRIBBLE THROUGH. (JUST ONE GOAL USED, ASK FOR GK AND PLAY OUT FROM THAT KEEPER)

COACHING DETAIL: FOCUS ON ALL DETAILS IN PDF INCLUDING GIVING PLAYER OWNERSHIP

FREE PLAY GAME - 10 MINS

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