A2. Improve Game Aggressiveness Part 2

A2. Improve Game Aggressiveness Part 2 1hr 45min
Quote of the Session: “If you are first you are first. If you are second, you are nothing.”  Bill Shankly  – was a Scottish football player and manager, who is best known for his time as manager of Liverpool.
Warm Up/Agility 10 mins
Small Sided Game 15 mins
7 v 7 Transfer Game
Two teams of players are assigned one half of the field. They’re also numbered one to seven. The coach passes the ball into one half of the field and two defenders move from the other half to try to win the ball. The team in possession receives one point for every five consecutive passes. The defending team is allowed to send an extra defender to pressure the ball each time the team in possession completes five passes. Coaching Points

  • Attack the ball as soon as the 5th pass is made.
  • Close down the player in possession and try to influence where the ball is going to be played and chase it.
  • Constantly look around to acknowledge the position of your teammates and the other team’s players
  • Take first touch into space or towards you want to play.
  • Plan your move ahead of receiving the ball
Defenders win the ball
If the defenders win the ball they pass it to their teammates on the other half and start to connect passes. Only passes made in their attacking half of the field count. The attacking team should work to keep the ball in their half if a defender gets a touch or wins the ball. When the ball goes out of play for the first time player number one from each team sprints to a ball near the sideline. The first player to reach a ball starts passing to their teammates. Player number two sprints the next time and so on. The game continues for a set period of time or until a team reaches a certain score.
Technical/Tactical 50 mins
Turn or Trail / Turn Away from Pressure

  • Divide players in groups of 3s with one ball for each group
Coaching Points

  • Look before the ball is passed and then again as it’s traveling if you have time
  • Turn with one touch
  • Focus on the quality of the pass

  • The inside player makes a long pass that is laid off by the outside player. The ball is then passed back to the outside player who turns and shields the ball from the approaching player. The first touch should be to one side or the other to draw the defender to that side. The attacker then uses their body and arms to turn while protecting the ball. The sequence continues in the opposite direction. Encourage the players to use different methods to turn: sole of the foot, outside of the foot hook, inside of the foot chop, etc.
Aggressiveness 2nd Activity
Now that the players are used to winning the ball and keeping it, we now add winning the ball, keeping it, and then going to goal. Start with two lines approximately 25 yards from the goal. When the coach says “go” the first player in line A sprints around the goal going toward the post nearest her first. At the same time, the first player in line B goes around the goal toward the post closest to her. The ball is on the top of the 18 and the first player to the ball, wins it, shields it until she can find the opportunity to turn and then goes to goal. If the second player then wins the ball, she goes to goal. This drill works on conditioning, aggressiveness, shielding, finishing, goalkeeping, and defense. The coach should have the next two players in line start as soon as the two in front of them get near the ball. This drill can have as many as 12 field players going to one goal without there being too much standing around. See the diagram below for the setup. Coaching points

  • Side on with an open stance
  • Knees bent for low center of gravity
  • Arm out to keep defender at arms length at all times
  • Approach the ball with speed, aggressive.
  • Head up to assess when is the best time to turn.
The last step in this progression is to have a 6 v 6 game with two goals on a small (40 x 30) field. The ball gets served into the middle and either team can win the ball and score on either goal. This will encourage the players to fight to win the ball since defending in this game is very difficult. Carefully watch for fouling as this game can get out of hand if not monitored properly.
Small Sided Game 30 mins
  • Two teams with goalkeepers.
  • Playing field of 40x20m
  • One goal at each end
Regular play with minimal coach intervention.

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