P4. Passing and Change the Point of Attack

P4. Passing and Change the Point of Attack
1hr 45min
Quote of the Session: A pass is a question. Do you have the answer? Have you done your homework?
Warm Up/Agility 10 mins
Small Sided Game 20 mins
Transition Game with Mirror Goal

The Game: 5 red’s are playing vs. 3 white defenders and a goalkeeper, 2 white players are resting.

Note: Resting players should remain deep in their zone “stretching the field”.

Rule: Teams needs 3 passes before they go to goal (this will allow for transition as the game gets going).

In this picture, the goalie is an all-time keeper.

If you have 2 keepers designate one per team. They would play as a field player when their team is in possession.

 Coaching Points

– Quick ball movement, work for a good shot, movement off the ball, balance of team shape.
Defending– Defend in triangles, communication from the goalkeeper, patience (#’s down).
TransitionOffensively– can we support our teammates quickly? Defensively– can we get immediate pressure? Stay organized!

  • Increase Speed of Play
  • Increase movement off the Ball
  • Demands quicker transition to support
Transition Phase
When Red either shoots the ball (pictured), white wins the ball, or the keeper makes a save, the ball should be played quickly to the resting players. The White players now “transition” from defending to taking up supporting positions for their two teammates that had been resting. Three Red players must immediately transition to defend.

Final Phase

White is now in possession 5 v3 + keeper. They need three passes before they can go to goal.
Possible Restrictions

  • 2 touch
  • Unlimited, but one touch to score
  • Resting player must play one touch when initially receiving the ball
Technical/Tactical 45 mins
German Changing the Point of Attack Circuit

  • Create a 25×25 grid with a gate in the middle. You can use either corner flags or discs for the gate. 
  • Group of 5 or 6 players to maximize repetition. 
  • One ball per group.

: Exercise begins with B “checking away”. Player A makes a crisp pass to B. B should receive the ball on the half turn/ “side on”. 

Player B now plays out the other side to player C. B should follow his/her pass. Player A (who should have started in toward the gate after playing into player B) quickly breaks out wide to offer an option for player C to play into. 

Player C plays a wall pass with player A. 

Player A should have immediately moved back central after dropping the ball to Player C. Player C plays the ball into player D. Player D should immediately play the ball into a checking Player A.

Player A should receive the ball on the half turn and play out the other side to Player E. Player D follows pass in toward the gate and breaks out wide to offer a wall pass for player E.

The same movement continues.

Coaching Points

: All movements should be carried out at game speed. Passes must be crisp, receiving on the half turn to change the point of attack must be done “on time”. Don’t arrive too early through the gate. “A space is only a space until you fill it”. Ask players to time their run to mirror coming out of the line of sight from the defenders (the gate).
Coaching Demand: If you let your players get away with things that wouldn’t work in the game during training, what is the point of training?Demand that all movements are carried out at game speed.
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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