Curriculum Session Detail


TECHNICAL

T1.1 Ball mastery

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to combine to advance the ball from the midfield third to the attacking third
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent (create gaps / space)
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced / disorganized (penetration by playing through, around or over)
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Movement to create and exploit space
2 Different types of combinations (give & go, overlaps, underlaps, up-back-through)
3 When to pass to feet when to pass to space
TECHNICAL FOCUS
The technical focus for Combination Play in the middle third is on receiving and passing, with an emphasis on short quick combinations with 2-3 or more players. Activities involving rotation of players and playing into and out of central areas are good ones to teach combination play. Passing to feet and passing to space, with a focus on the accuracy, timing and weight of the passes are key technical components for successful combination play.
DETAILS
• Pass and move • Angles of support • Timing of the run • Weight and accuracy of the pass • Use minimal touches and move ball quickly • Support around the ball, ahead of the ball and behind the ball • Break lines through combinations
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
In possession we look to create opportunities to score as opposed to playing low percentage balls forward into the final third. In order to create chances in the final third we must first disorganize the opponent, create overloads, and look to exploit the opponent when they are disorganized. Teaching different types of combination play in the middle third will educate our players how to break teams down and will teach them to be creative in combining with their teammates.

T1.2 Receiving & passing

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to combine to advance the ball from the midfield third to the attacking third
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent (create gaps / space)
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced / disorganized (penetration by playing through, around or over)
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Movement to create and exploit space
2 Different types of combinations (give & go, overlaps, underlaps, up-back-through)
3 When to pass to feet when to pass to space
TECHNICAL FOCUS
The technical focus for Combination Play in the middle third is on receiving and passing, with an emphasis on short quick combinations with 2-3 or more players. Activities involving rotation of players and playing into and out of central areas are good ones to teach combination play. Passing to feet and passing to space, with a focus on the accuracy, timing and weight of the passes are key technical components for successful combination play.
DETAILS
• Pass and move • Angles of support • Timing of the run • Weight and accuracy of the pass • Use minimal touches and move ball quickly • Support around the ball, ahead of the ball and behind the ball • Break lines through combinations
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
In possession we look to create opportunities to score as opposed to playing low percentage balls forward into the final third. In order to create chances in the final third we must first disorganize the opponent, create overloads, and look to exploit the opponent when they are disorganized. Teaching different types of combination play in the middle third will educate our players how to break teams down and will teach them to be creative in combining with their teammates.

T1.3 Shooting & finishing

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to combine to advance the ball from the midfield third to the attacking third
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent (create gaps / space)
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced / disorganized (penetration by playing through, around or over)
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Movement to create and exploit space
2 Different types of combinations (give & go, overlaps, underlaps, up-back-through)
3 When to pass to feet when to pass to space
TECHNICAL FOCUS
The technical focus for Combination Play in the middle third is on receiving and passing, with an emphasis on short quick combinations with 2-3 or more players. Activities involving rotation of players and playing into and out of central areas are good ones to teach combination play. Passing to feet and passing to space, with a focus on the accuracy, timing and weight of the passes are key technical components for successful combination play.
DETAILS
• Pass and move • Angles of support • Timing of the run • Weight and accuracy of the pass • Use minimal touches and move ball quickly • Support around the ball, ahead of the ball and behind the ball • Break lines through combinations
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
In possession we look to create opportunities to score as opposed to playing low percentage balls forward into the final third. In order to create chances in the final third we must first disorganize the opponent, create overloads, and look to exploit the opponent when they are disorganized. Teaching different types of combination play in the middle third will educate our players how to break teams down and will teach them to be creative in combining with their teammates.

T1.4 Dominate the 1v1

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to combine to advance the ball from the midfield third to the attacking third
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent (create gaps / space)
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced / disorganized (penetration by playing through, around or over)
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Movement to create and exploit space
2 Different types of combinations (give & go, overlaps, underlaps, up-back-through)
3 When to pass to feet when to pass to space
TECHNICAL FOCUS
The technical focus for Combination Play in the middle third is on receiving and passing, with an emphasis on short quick combinations with 2-3 or more players. Activities involving rotation of players and playing into and out of central areas are good ones to teach combination play. Passing to feet and passing to space, with a focus on the accuracy, timing and weight of the passes are key technical components for successful combination play.
DETAILS
• Pass and move • Angles of support • Timing of the run • Weight and accuracy of the pass • Use minimal touches and move ball quickly • Support around the ball, ahead of the ball and behind the ball • Break lines through combinations
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
In possession we look to create opportunities to score as opposed to playing low percentage balls forward into the final third. In order to create chances in the final third we must first disorganize the opponent, create overloads, and look to exploit the opponent when they are disorganized. Teaching different types of combination play in the middle third will educate our players how to break teams down and will teach them to be creative in combining with their teammates.

T1.5 Dribbling & turning

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to combine to advance the ball from the midfield third to the attacking third
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent (create gaps / space)
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced / disorganized (penetration by playing through, around or over)
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Movement to create and exploit space
2 Different types of combinations (give & go, overlaps, underlaps, up-back-through)
3 When to pass to feet when to pass to space
TECHNICAL FOCUS
The technical focus for Combination Play in the middle third is on receiving and passing, with an emphasis on short quick combinations with 2-3 or more players. Activities involving rotation of players and playing into and out of central areas are good ones to teach combination play. Passing to feet and passing to space, with a focus on the accuracy, timing and weight of the passes are key technical components for successful combination play.
DETAILS
• Pass and move • Angles of support • Timing of the run • Weight and accuracy of the pass • Use minimal touches and move ball quickly • Support around the ball, ahead of the ball and behind the ball • Break lines through combinations
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
In possession we look to create opportunities to score as opposed to playing low percentage balls forward into the final third. In order to create chances in the final third we must first disorganize the opponent, create overloads, and look to exploit the opponent when they are disorganized. Teaching different types of combination play in the middle third will educate our players how to break teams down and will teach them to be creative in combining with their teammates.

T1.6 Running with the ball

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to combine to advance the ball from the midfield third to the attacking third
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent (create gaps / space)
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced / disorganized (penetration by playing through, around or over)
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Movement to create and exploit space
2 Different types of combinations (give & go, overlaps, underlaps, up-back-through)
3 When to pass to feet when to pass to space
TECHNICAL FOCUS
The technical focus for Combination Play in the middle third is on receiving and passing, with an emphasis on short quick combinations with 2-3 or more players. Activities involving rotation of players and playing into and out of central areas are good ones to teach combination play. Passing to feet and passing to space, with a focus on the accuracy, timing and weight of the passes are key technical components for successful combination play.
DETAILS
• Pass and move • Angles of support • Timing of the run • Weight and accuracy of the pass • Use minimal touches and move ball quickly • Support around the ball, ahead of the ball and behind the ball • Break lines through combinations
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
In possession we look to create opportunities to score as opposed to playing low percentage balls forward into the final third. In order to create chances in the final third we must first disorganize the opponent, create overloads, and look to exploit the opponent when they are disorganized. Teaching different types of combination play in the middle third will educate our players how to break teams down and will teach them to be creative in combining with their teammates.

ATTACKING

A1 OWN THIRD

A1.1 Building from the back

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to build controlled possession using the GK, defensive and midfield units
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent (create gaps / space)
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced / disorganized (penetration by playing through, around or over)
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Team shape ready and set
2 Movement to combine and receive
3 Decision making of pass
TECHNICAL FOCUS
The main technical focus for Building From The Back is in receiving and passing, especially receiving with an open body stance and taking the ball with the back foot. Rondos / receiving and passing technical practices should be built into this session.
DETAILS
•Rarely “skip” a player when moving the ball along the back line. • Move the ball quickly with minimum touches. • Body shape open and receive the ball with the back foot. • Timing of runs from outside defenders to receive the ball going forwards. • Rotation of midfield players to get open to receive the ball. • Different types of runs (overlaps / underlaps / drop short / spin long). • Movement to open up passing lane into the #9.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
Building from the back is a foundation of our “Possession With A Purpose” style of play. Teaching players to build from the back will help to produce players who are comfortable receiving the ball under pressure and will put players in situations where they have to problem solve and use decision making skills relative to our style of play. Building from the back will help our players / teams to learn how to unbalance and disorganize the opponent, as well as learn to exploit the opponent when they are unorganized / unbalanced.

A2 MIDDLE THIRD

A2.1 Receiving to play forwards

OBJECTIVES
1 To teach teams to play through the thirds of the field, connecting the defensive, midfield and attacking units.
2 To improve players ability to receive the ball and play a forwards pass.
3 To penetrate opponent by playing through, around or over
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Angles and distances between attackers (position specific / game realistic)
2 Movement to receive the pass (finding space between the lines of opponent)
3 Body shape to receive the pass (check shoulder, open body position, receive ball with back foot)
TECHNICAL FOCUS
The main technical focus for Receiving To Play Forwards is in receiving and passing, especially receiving with an open body stance and taking the ball with the back foot. Receiving and passing technical practices should be built into this session, especially ones which involve a central player receiving the ball from one direction and playing to the opposite direction.
DETAILS
•  Movement to create space between attacker and defender (check away to create the space to check back in to receive the ball). • Show for the ball at an angle • Check your shoulder (scan) 2 times before receiving ball • Body shape open and receive the ball with the back foot. • First touch forwards and out of feet where possible to prepare the next pass. • Timing of runs from outside defenders to receive the ball going forwards. • Rotation of midfield players to get open to receive the ball.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
In possession our teams are expected to play a “Possession With A Purpose” style of play. We aim to advance the ball through the thirds of the field in a controlled manner. Receiving the ball to play forwards will help our teams improve in connecting the defensive, midfield and attacking units. Receiving To Play Forwards will help our players / teams to learn how to unbalance and disorganize the opponent, as well as learn to penetrate the opponent when they are unorganized / unbalanced. Educating our young players on creating space to receive the ball, learning to check their shoulder (scan), receiving the ball on the half turn, and looking to play forwards are all important technical skills that they will need to learn to become a technically competent player with good decision making ability.

A2.2 Combination play middle third

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to combine to advance the ball from the midfield third to the attacking third
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent (create gaps / space)
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced / disorganized (penetration by playing through, around or over)
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Movement to create and exploit space
2 Different types of combinations (give & go, overlaps, underlaps, up-back-through)
3 When to pass to feet when to pass to space
TECHNICAL FOCUS
The technical focus for Combination Play in the middle third is on receiving and passing, with an emphasis on short quick combinations with 2-3 or more players. Activities involving rotation of players and playing into and out of central areas are good ones to teach combination play. Passing to feet and passing to space, with a focus on the accuracy, timing and weight of the passes are key technical components for successful combination play.
DETAILS
• Pass and move • Angles of support • Timing of the run • Weight and accuracy of the pass • Use minimal touches and move ball quickly • Support around the ball, ahead of the ball and behind the ball • Break lines through combinations
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
In possession we look to create opportunities to score as opposed to playing low percentage balls forward into the final third. In order to create chances in the final third we must first disorganize the opponent, create overloads, and look to exploit the opponent when they are disorganized. Teaching different types of combination play in the middle third will educate our players how to break teams down and will teach them to be creative in combining with their teammates.

A2.3 Switching point of attack

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to quickly change the point of attack to an area of the field to outnumber opponent
2 To unbalance opponent by retaining possession and inviting pressure to one area of the field
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced by quickly switching the ball to an area of the field where we have an overload
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Support movements around the ball and away from the ball to provide opportunity for the switch
2 Body shape to receive the ball and open out
3 Quality and types of passes (punch, driven, lofted, swerve)
TECHNICAL FOCUS
The major technical skills required to switch the point of attack are receiving, and short and long passing techniques. Practices should include technical repetition of receiving the ball with the back foot and quick ball rotation and movement. Passing short to feet and long to space (for players to run on to) are important technical aspects of this session. Speed of play and using minimal touches to switch the ball are key to this. Incorporating vertical channels into sessions is a good way to educate young players on switching play.
DETAILS
• Move ball quickly to exploit opponent when disorganized (use minimum touches) • Recognition and communication of opportunity to switch play • Angle of supporting player to receive and switch • Direction of first touch (towards where you want to switch the play to) • When to play to feet and when to play to space • Timing of runs from wide players to receive the ball going forwards • Quick final third play once ball has been switched
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
Having a possession based style of play means that we will try to dominate the ball and have the lions share of possession. As a result of this there will be many periods in the game where the opponent will be set up in a defensive shape to try to win the ball back. As we keep possession in an area of the field it will inevitably draw the defenders in, so being able to recognize and execute when and how to switch the play is vital to our style of play if we are to be successful.

A2.4 Overload opponent

OBJECTIVES
1 To create numbers up situations in the middle and attacking thirds of the field
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent by having more options than they can cover
3 To create chances to score or advance the ball by exploiting opponent when unbalanced / disorganized
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Awareness (recognition of when and how to make the overload)
2 Timing of the run, timing of the pass
3 Play quickly to exploit the overload
TECHNICAL FOCUS
To execute the technical aspects of attacking overloads, focus needs to be on dribbling, as well as passing into space, including some disguise. Players need to learn the art of dribbling to draw a defender in, and then releasing the ball to a teammate. This requires good dribbling technique, spatial awareness and communication. The weight and timing of passes into space are crucial elements in executing attacking overloads. Running with the ball and receiving the ball whist moving forwards at pace are also important technical elements for players to learn here.
DETAILS
•  Awareness • Decision of the ball carrier (when to pass / when to dribble) • Angle of supporting run to creat overload (give the defender the most ground to cover) • Attack space behind the defender • Communication of players • Being aware of defensive cover and responsibility (when to go and when to stay home)
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
Our “Possession With A Purpose” style of play is built on playing progressively through the thirds of the field. Having attacking overloads around the ball will give us a much better chances of creating the attack and goal scoring opportunities. Teaching our young players to recognize how and when to create and execute attacking overloads is vital to our success, the more times we can create 2v1, 3v2, 4v3 situations, the more chances we will create, and the more goals we will score. Small sided games where the field is split into horizontal thirds are the best way to paint the picture and bring out the key elements of the session to our players.

A2.5 Forward runs

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to play in behind lines of opponent through forward runs
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent (create gaps / space)
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced / disorganized (penetration by playing through, around or over)
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 First create the space (someone drops deep or pulls wide to stretch / unbalance defenders)
2 Timing and angle of forward runs
3 Timing and weight of pass
TECHNICAL FOCUS
Important technical elements for executing forward runs are first touch and longer passes into space. Different types of passes (punch, driven, lofted, chipped, swerved etc) should be learned by young players as different scenarios require different techniques. Small sided games which involve scoring by “springing” a player into an end zone are great ways to teach this theme to young players.
DETAILS
• Rotation of players to unorganize opponent and create space to run into • Types of passes (lofted, chip, punch, swerve etc) • Types of runs (straight, bent, diagonal) • Straight runs for diagonal passes, diagonal runs for stright passes) • Break lines with the run, break lines with the passes • Width and depth to stretch opponent • Communication
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
Building up the play with our Possession With a Purpose style will draw the opponent on to us. Ultimately we are trying to score a goal and in order to create goal scoring chances we need to be able to penetrate the opponent and learn how to successfully play into the spaces in behind the defenders. Rather than just playing long balls into a waiting defense, we need to teach our players how to move / rotate to unbalance and disorganize the opponent, and then play in behind them with a well timed and well executed forward run.

A2.6 Playing on different vertical lines & horizontal channels

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to advance the ball based on player rotation and movement on different horizontal lines & vertical channels
2 To unbalance and disorganize opponent through movement and rotation of attacking players
3 To penetrate opponent when disorganized by playing through, around or over
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Angles and distances between the full backs, outside attackers and central midfield players (relationships of players)
2 Timing of movements and rotation (when to move to a different line / channel)
3 Different combinations to penetrate
TECHNICAL FOCUS
The technical requirements for this session are mostly passing and receiving, with focus on playing angled passes with 1-2 touches. Receiving and playing with the back foot are important factors in executing this session. Dribbling and running with the ball on diagonal lines are also important with this session. Using vertical and horizontal channels to divide the field when teaching this session is a good way to paint the picture for youth players.
DETAILS
• Movement to receive • Awareness of spacing and movement of teammates • Angles and distances between players • Relationships between central midfielders to play on different horizontal lines • Relationships between wide defenders and attackers to play in different vertical channels • Communication • Timing of the pass and understanding of when to play slowly and quickly to exploit opponent
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
As a club we aim to score goals by being creative and unbalancing the opponent. Movement and rotation to build attacks using different horizontal lines and vertical channels of the field is a good way to disorganize the other team. From the small sided games through to 11v11 is it important to build understanding and relationships of pairs and groups of players, for example the relationship between the #3 and #11, and #2 and #7. Movement and counter movement between these groups of players is something our young players need to understand and be able to execute to be successful.

A2.7 Central penetration

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to advance the ball in central areas, by playing in between and in behind the lines of the opponent
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent (create gaps / space)
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced / disorganized (penetration by playing through in central areas)
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Play “Up – Back – Through” sequence to penetrate centrally (especially playing through #8,9,10)
2 Positioning of players on different vertical lines to creates angles for passes
3 Timing of movements and timing of passes
TECHNICAL FOCUS
Central areas of the field are often the most congested in the game, so to properly execute this, players need to be proficient in accurate 1 touch passing, with the ability to play to feet and play to space. Timing of passes and weight of pass are important, and accuracy of the pass is vital as the passing lanes can be very narrow. The ability to play 1 touch and also to set or “lay” the ball backwards with back to goal is a vital technical component to this session. Directional rondos or passing patterns are effective tools to achieve the technical repetitions needed to execute this session.
DETAILS
• Positioning of players to create length and depth (and wide players provide width to create space to play in central areas) • Angles of support • Body shape to receive passes • Weight and accuracy of the pass • Use minimal touches and move ball quickly • Support around the ball, ahead of the ball and behind the ball • Break lines with penetrating run and penetrating pass
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
Playing through the thirds with controlled passing is something that we want our teams be proficient in doing. Learning how to penetrate in central areas is an important tool for our young players to learn, and also helps them to develop their understanding of combination play, penetrating runs and penetrating passes. Learning how and when to create space in central areas and attack space behind the opponent will help our teams create more goal scoring chances at the older age groups.

A2.8 Creating space in wide areas

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to advance from the middle third to the attacking third using wide areas
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent (create gaps / space)
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced / disorganized (penetration by playing through, around or over)
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Movement to create space in wide areas
2 Movement to create space in wide areas
3 Different combinations to get wide player in behind
TECHNICAL FOCUS
Dribbling and running with the ball are important factors in creating the attack in wide areas, as well as quick interchanging of passes with minimal touches. Passing to feet and space is important, along with different types of penetrating passes (punch, driven, swerve, chip, lofted etc). Attacking combination play with use of end zone games are good scenarios to teach penetration in wide areas to young players.
DETAILS
• Overlaps • Give and go’s • Straight runs for diagonal passes • Diagonal runs for straight passes • Timing of the run, timing of the pass • Understanding of slow and quick play • 3rd man running • Communication
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
Playing through the thirds with controlled passing is something that we want our teams be proficient in doing. Learning how to penetrate in wide areas is an important tool for our young players to learn, and also helps them to develop their understanding of combination play, penetrating runs and penetrating passes. Learning how and when to create space in wide areas and attack space behind the opponent will help our teams create more goal scoring chances at the older age groups.

A3 OPPONENT THIRD

A3.1 Ball mastery to finish (1v1's)

OBJECTIVES
1 Improve players ball control
2 Improve players 1v1 attacking techniques
3 Improve players finishing techniques
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Be creative
2 Unbalance defender using both feet and variety of tricks / skills / turns
3 Attitude (“can I score”)
TECHNICAL FOCUS
In the final third of the field players are encouraged to find and dominate 1v1 situations. To achieve success in this area it is critical that players possess good dribbling, turning and finishing techniques. Activities which present 1v1’s to goal or to a target are helpful in giving our young players lots of repetitions in these techniques. Players should be encouraged to spend time with the ball and should learn a variety of turns, feints, moves, skills and stops and starts.
DETAILS
• A change of direction should be followed by a change of speed • Use both feet • Always think “can I score?” • “Square” the defender up • Finishing vs shooting (decision / pacement vs power) • Shoot “around” the defender (don’t always have to beat them) • Be positive
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
In possession, the first two thirds of the field are about building and creating the attack through our “Possession With A Purpose” playing style. In the final third it is about end product and finishing the attack, so we must teach our players to be confident and successful in 1v1 attacking situations close to the goal. As a club we feel that our young players need to be more confident, comfortable and composed in front of goal, so we must spend time teaching 1v1’s to goal and allowing lots of repetitions for players to be creative and experiment in these situations.

A3.2 Creativity Even #'s (2v2, 3v3)

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to combine to advance the ball from the midfield third to the attacking third
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent (create gaps / space)
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced / disorganized (penetration by playing through, around or over)
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Movement to create and exploit space
2 Different types of combinations (give & go, overlaps, underlaps, up-back-through)
3 When to pass to feet when to pass to space
TECHNICAL FOCUS
The technical focus for Combination Play in the middle third is on receiving and passing, with an emphasis on short quick combinations with 2-3 or more players. Activities involving rotation of players and playing into and out of central areas are good ones to teach combination play. Passing to feet and passing to space, with a focus on the accuracy, timing and weight of the passes are key technical components for successful combination play.
DETAILS
• Pass and move • Angles of support • Timing of the run • Weight and accuracy of the pass • Use minimal touches and move ball quickly • Support around the ball, ahead of the ball and behind the ball • Break lines through combinations
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
In possession we look to create opportunities to score as opposed to playing low percentage balls forward into the final third. In order to create chances in the final third we must first disorganize the opponent, create overloads, and look to exploit the opponent when they are disorganized. Teaching different types of combination play in the middle third will educate our players how to break teams down and will teach them to be creative in combining with their teammates.

A3.3 Creativity numbers up (2v1, 3v2, 4v3)

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to combine to advance the ball from the midfield third to the attacking third
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent (create gaps / space)
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced / disorganized (penetration by playing through, around or over)
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Movement to create and exploit space
2 Different types of combinations (give & go, overlaps, underlaps, up-back-through)
3 When to pass to feet when to pass to space
TECHNICAL FOCUS
The technical focus for Combination Play in the middle third is on receiving and passing, with an emphasis on short quick combinations with 2-3 or more players. Activities involving rotation of players and playing into and out of central areas are good ones to teach combination play. Passing to feet and passing to space, with a focus on the accuracy, timing and weight of the passes are key technical components for successful combination play.
DETAILS
• Pass and move • Angles of support • Timing of the run • Weight and accuracy of the pass • Use minimal touches and move ball quickly • Support around the ball, ahead of the ball and behind the ball • Break lines through combinations
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
In possession we look to create opportunities to score as opposed to playing low percentage balls forward into the final third. In order to create chances in the final third we must first disorganize the opponent, create overloads, and look to exploit the opponent when they are disorganized. Teaching different types of combination play in the middle third will educate our players how to break teams down and will teach them to be creative in combining with their teammates.

A3.4 Combination play final third

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to combine to advance the ball from the midfield third to the attacking third
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent (create gaps / space)
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced / disorganized (penetration by playing through, around or over)
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Movement to create and exploit space
2 Different types of combinations (give & go, overlaps, underlaps, up-back-through)
3 When to pass to feet when to pass to space
TECHNICAL FOCUS
The technical focus for Combination Play in the middle third is on receiving and passing, with an emphasis on short quick combinations with 2-3 or more players. Activities involving rotation of players and playing into and out of central areas are good ones to teach combination play. Passing to feet and passing to space, with a focus on the accuracy, timing and weight of the passes are key technical components for successful combination play.
DETAILS
• Pass and move • Angles of support • Timing of the run • Weight and accuracy of the pass • Use minimal touches and move ball quickly • Support around the ball, ahead of the ball and behind the ball • Break lines through combinations
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
In possession we look to create opportunities to score as opposed to playing low percentage balls forward into the final third. In order to create chances in the final third we must first disorganize the opponent, create overloads, and look to exploit the opponent when they are disorganized. Teaching different types of combination play in the middle third will educate our players how to break teams down and will teach them to be creative in combining with their teammates.

A3.5 Finishing from wide areas (attacking crosses)

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to combine to advance the ball from the midfield third to the attacking third
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent (create gaps / space)
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced / disorganized (penetration by playing through, around or over)
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Movement to create and exploit space
2 Different types of combinations (give & go, overlaps, underlaps, up-back-through)
3 When to pass to feet when to pass to space
TECHNICAL FOCUS
The technical focus for Combination Play in the middle third is on receiving and passing, with an emphasis on short quick combinations with 2-3 or more players. Activities involving rotation of players and playing into and out of central areas are good ones to teach combination play. Passing to feet and passing to space, with a focus on the accuracy, timing and weight of the passes are key technical components for successful combination play.
DETAILS
• Pass and move • Angles of support • Timing of the run • Weight and accuracy of the pass • Use minimal touches and move ball quickly • Support around the ball, ahead of the ball and behind the ball • Break lines through combinations
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
In possession we look to create opportunities to score as opposed to playing low percentage balls forward into the final third. In order to create chances in the final third we must first disorganize the opponent, create overloads, and look to exploit the opponent when they are disorganized. Teaching different types of combination play in the middle third will educate our players how to break teams down and will teach them to be creative in combining with their teammates.

A3.6 Finishing from central areas

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to combine to advance the ball from the midfield third to the attacking third
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent (create gaps / space)
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced / disorganized (penetration by playing through, around or over)
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Movement to create and exploit space
2 Different types of combinations (give & go, overlaps, underlaps, up-back-through)
3 When to pass to feet when to pass to space
TECHNICAL FOCUS
The technical focus for Combination Play in the middle third is on receiving and passing, with an emphasis on short quick combinations with 2-3 or more players. Activities involving rotation of players and playing into and out of central areas are good ones to teach combination play. Passing to feet and passing to space, with a focus on the accuracy, timing and weight of the passes are key technical components for successful combination play.
DETAILS
• Pass and move • Angles of support • Timing of the run • Weight and accuracy of the pass • Use minimal touches and move ball quickly • Support around the ball, ahead of the ball and behind the ball • Break lines through combinations
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
In possession we look to create opportunities to score as opposed to playing low percentage balls forward into the final third. In order to create chances in the final third we must first disorganize the opponent, create overloads, and look to exploit the opponent when they are disorganized. Teaching different types of combination play in the middle third will educate our players how to break teams down and will teach them to be creative in combining with their teammates.

TRANSITION TO DEFEND

TD1 OWN THIRD

TD1.1 Recovery defending

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to combine to advance the ball from the midfield third to the attacking third
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent (create gaps / space)
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced / disorganized (penetration by playing through, around or over)
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Movement to create and exploit space
2 Different types of combinations (give & go, overlaps, underlaps, up-back-through)
3 When to pass to feet when to pass to space
TECHNICAL FOCUS
The technical focus for Combination Play in the middle third is on receiving and passing, with an emphasis on short quick combinations with 2-3 or more players. Activities involving rotation of players and playing into and out of central areas are good ones to teach combination play. Passing to feet and passing to space, with a focus on the accuracy, timing and weight of the passes are key technical components for successful combination play.
DETAILS
• Pass and move • Angles of support • Timing of the run • Weight and accuracy of the pass • Use minimal touches and move ball quickly • Support around the ball, ahead of the ball and behind the ball • Break lines through combinations
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
In possession we look to create opportunities to score as opposed to playing low percentage balls forward into the final third. In order to create chances in the final third we must first disorganize the opponent, create overloads, and look to exploit the opponent when they are disorganized. Teaching different types of combination play in the middle third will educate our players how to break teams down and will teach them to be creative in combining with their teammates.

TD1.2 Defending out of balance (#'s down)

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to combine to advance the ball from the midfield third to the attacking third
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent (create gaps / space)
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced / disorganized (penetration by playing through, around or over)
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Movement to create and exploit space
2 Different types of combinations (give & go, overlaps, underlaps, up-back-through)
3 When to pass to feet when to pass to space
TECHNICAL FOCUS
The technical focus for Combination Play in the middle third is on receiving and passing, with an emphasis on short quick combinations with 2-3 or more players. Activities involving rotation of players and playing into and out of central areas are good ones to teach combination play. Passing to feet and passing to space, with a focus on the accuracy, timing and weight of the passes are key technical components for successful combination play.
DETAILS
• Pass and move • Angles of support • Timing of the run • Weight and accuracy of the pass • Use minimal touches and move ball quickly • Support around the ball, ahead of the ball and behind the ball • Break lines through combinations
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
In possession we look to create opportunities to score as opposed to playing low percentage balls forward into the final third. In order to create chances in the final third we must first disorganize the opponent, create overloads, and look to exploit the opponent when they are disorganized. Teaching different types of combination play in the middle third will educate our players how to break teams down and will teach them to be creative in combining with their teammates.

TD2 MIDDLE THIRD

TD2.1 Recovery defending

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to combine to advance the ball from the midfield third to the attacking third
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent (create gaps / space)
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced / disorganized (penetration by playing through, around or over)
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Movement to create and exploit space
2 Different types of combinations (give & go, overlaps, underlaps, up-back-through)
3 When to pass to feet when to pass to space
TECHNICAL FOCUS
The technical focus for Combination Play in the middle third is on receiving and passing, with an emphasis on short quick combinations with 2-3 or more players. Activities involving rotation of players and playing into and out of central areas are good ones to teach combination play. Passing to feet and passing to space, with a focus on the accuracy, timing and weight of the passes are key technical components for successful combination play.
DETAILS
• Pass and move • Angles of support • Timing of the run • Weight and accuracy of the pass • Use minimal touches and move ball quickly • Support around the ball, ahead of the ball and behind the ball • Break lines through combinations
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
In possession we look to create opportunities to score as opposed to playing low percentage balls forward into the final third. In order to create chances in the final third we must first disorganize the opponent, create overloads, and look to exploit the opponent when they are disorganized. Teaching different types of combination play in the middle third will educate our players how to break teams down and will teach them to be creative in combining with their teammates.

TD2.2 Getting compact as a unit

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to combine to advance the ball from the midfield third to the attacking third
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent (create gaps / space)
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced / disorganized (penetration by playing through, around or over)
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Movement to create and exploit space
2 Different types of combinations (give & go, overlaps, underlaps, up-back-through)
3 When to pass to feet when to pass to space
TECHNICAL FOCUS
The technical focus for Combination Play in the middle third is on receiving and passing, with an emphasis on short quick combinations with 2-3 or more players. Activities involving rotation of players and playing into and out of central areas are good ones to teach combination play. Passing to feet and passing to space, with a focus on the accuracy, timing and weight of the passes are key technical components for successful combination play.
DETAILS
• Pass and move • Angles of support • Timing of the run • Weight and accuracy of the pass • Use minimal touches and move ball quickly • Support around the ball, ahead of the ball and behind the ball • Break lines through combinations
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
In possession we look to create opportunities to score as opposed to playing low percentage balls forward into the final third. In order to create chances in the final third we must first disorganize the opponent, create overloads, and look to exploit the opponent when they are disorganized. Teaching different types of combination play in the middle third will educate our players how to break teams down and will teach them to be creative in combining with their teammates.

TD3 OPPONENT THIRD

TD3.1 Pressing high

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to combine to advance the ball from the midfield third to the attacking third
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent (create gaps / space)
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced / disorganized (penetration by playing through, around or over)
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Movement to create and exploit space
2 Different types of combinations (give & go, overlaps, underlaps, up-back-through)
3 When to pass to feet when to pass to space
TECHNICAL FOCUS
The technical focus for Combination Play in the middle third is on receiving and passing, with an emphasis on short quick combinations with 2-3 or more players. Activities involving rotation of players and playing into and out of central areas are good ones to teach combination play. Passing to feet and passing to space, with a focus on the accuracy, timing and weight of the passes are key technical components for successful combination play.
DETAILS
• Pass and move • Angles of support • Timing of the run • Weight and accuracy of the pass • Use minimal touches and move ball quickly • Support around the ball, ahead of the ball and behind the ball • Break lines through combinations
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
In possession we look to create opportunities to score as opposed to playing low percentage balls forward into the final third. In order to create chances in the final third we must first disorganize the opponent, create overloads, and look to exploit the opponent when they are disorganized. Teaching different types of combination play in the middle third will educate our players how to break teams down and will teach them to be creative in combining with their teammates.

DEFENDING

D1 OWN THIRD

D1.1 Small group defending own third 1v1, 2v2, 3v3

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to combine to advance the ball from the midfield third to the attacking third
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent (create gaps / space)
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced / disorganized (penetration by playing through, around or over)
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Movement to create and exploit space
2 Different types of combinations (give & go, overlaps, underlaps, up-back-through)
3 When to pass to feet when to pass to space
TECHNICAL FOCUS
The technical focus for Combination Play in the middle third is on receiving and passing, with an emphasis on short quick combinations with 2-3 or more players. Activities involving rotation of players and playing into and out of central areas are good ones to teach combination play. Passing to feet and passing to space, with a focus on the accuracy, timing and weight of the passes are key technical components for successful combination play.
DETAILS
• Pass and move • Angles of support • Timing of the run • Weight and accuracy of the pass • Use minimal touches and move ball quickly • Support around the ball, ahead of the ball and behind the ball • Break lines through combinations
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
In possession we look to create opportunities to score as opposed to playing low percentage balls forward into the final third. In order to create chances in the final third we must first disorganize the opponent, create overloads, and look to exploit the opponent when they are disorganized. Teaching different types of combination play in the middle third will educate our players how to break teams down and will teach them to be creative in combining with their teammates.

D1.2 Protecting the goal

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to combine to advance the ball from the midfield third to the attacking third
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent (create gaps / space)
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced / disorganized (penetration by playing through, around or over)
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Movement to create and exploit space
2 Different types of combinations (give & go, overlaps, underlaps, up-back-through)
3 When to pass to feet when to pass to space
TECHNICAL FOCUS
The technical focus for Combination Play in the middle third is on receiving and passing, with an emphasis on short quick combinations with 2-3 or more players. Activities involving rotation of players and playing into and out of central areas are good ones to teach combination play. Passing to feet and passing to space, with a focus on the accuracy, timing and weight of the passes are key technical components for successful combination play.
DETAILS
• Pass and move • Angles of support • Timing of the run • Weight and accuracy of the pass • Use minimal touches and move ball quickly • Support around the ball, ahead of the ball and behind the ball • Break lines through combinations
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
In possession we look to create opportunities to score as opposed to playing low percentage balls forward into the final third. In order to create chances in the final third we must first disorganize the opponent, create overloads, and look to exploit the opponent when they are disorganized. Teaching different types of combination play in the middle third will educate our players how to break teams down and will teach them to be creative in combining with their teammates.

D1.3 Back 4 shape

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to combine to advance the ball from the midfield third to the attacking third
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent (create gaps / space)
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced / disorganized (penetration by playing through, around or over)
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Movement to create and exploit space
2 Different types of combinations (give & go, overlaps, underlaps, up-back-through)
3 When to pass to feet when to pass to space
TECHNICAL FOCUS
The technical focus for Combination Play in the middle third is on receiving and passing, with an emphasis on short quick combinations with 2-3 or more players. Activities involving rotation of players and playing into and out of central areas are good ones to teach combination play. Passing to feet and passing to space, with a focus on the accuracy, timing and weight of the passes are key technical components for successful combination play.
DETAILS
• Pass and move • Angles of support • Timing of the run • Weight and accuracy of the pass • Use minimal touches and move ball quickly • Support around the ball, ahead of the ball and behind the ball • Break lines through combinations
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
In possession we look to create opportunities to score as opposed to playing low percentage balls forward into the final third. In order to create chances in the final third we must first disorganize the opponent, create overloads, and look to exploit the opponent when they are disorganized. Teaching different types of combination play in the middle third will educate our players how to break teams down and will teach them to be creative in combining with their teammates.

D1.4 Reading signals to step, slide, drop, and out

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to combine to advance the ball from the midfield third to the attacking third
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent (create gaps / space)
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced / disorganized (penetration by playing through, around or over)
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Movement to create and exploit space
2 Different types of combinations (give & go, overlaps, underlaps, up-back-through)
3 When to pass to feet when to pass to space
TECHNICAL FOCUS
The technical focus for Combination Play in the middle third is on receiving and passing, with an emphasis on short quick combinations with 2-3 or more players. Activities involving rotation of players and playing into and out of central areas are good ones to teach combination play. Passing to feet and passing to space, with a focus on the accuracy, timing and weight of the passes are key technical components for successful combination play.
DETAILS
• Pass and move • Angles of support • Timing of the run • Weight and accuracy of the pass • Use minimal touches and move ball quickly • Support around the ball, ahead of the ball and behind the ball • Break lines through combinations
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
In possession we look to create opportunities to score as opposed to playing low percentage balls forward into the final third. In order to create chances in the final third we must first disorganize the opponent, create overloads, and look to exploit the opponent when they are disorganized. Teaching different types of combination play in the middle third will educate our players how to break teams down and will teach them to be creative in combining with their teammates.

D2 MIDDLE THIRD

D2.1 Small group defending middle third 1v1, 2v2, 3v3

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to combine to advance the ball from the midfield third to the attacking third
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent (create gaps / space)
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced / disorganized (penetration by playing through, around or over)
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Movement to create and exploit space
2 Different types of combinations (give & go, overlaps, underlaps, up-back-through)
3 When to pass to feet when to pass to space
TECHNICAL FOCUS
The technical focus for Combination Play in the middle third is on receiving and passing, with an emphasis on short quick combinations with 2-3 or more players. Activities involving rotation of players and playing into and out of central areas are good ones to teach combination play. Passing to feet and passing to space, with a focus on the accuracy, timing and weight of the passes are key technical components for successful combination play.
DETAILS
• Pass and move • Angles of support • Timing of the run • Weight and accuracy of the pass • Use minimal touches and move ball quickly • Support around the ball, ahead of the ball and behind the ball • Break lines through combinations
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
In possession we look to create opportunities to score as opposed to playing low percentage balls forward into the final third. In order to create chances in the final third we must first disorganize the opponent, create overloads, and look to exploit the opponent when they are disorganized. Teaching different types of combination play in the middle third will educate our players how to break teams down and will teach them to be creative in combining with their teammates.

D2.2 Getting compact as a unit

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to combine to advance the ball from the midfield third to the attacking third
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent (create gaps / space)
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced / disorganized (penetration by playing through, around or over)
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Movement to create and exploit space
2 Different types of combinations (give & go, overlaps, underlaps, up-back-through)
3 When to pass to feet when to pass to space
TECHNICAL FOCUS
The technical focus for Combination Play in the middle third is on receiving and passing, with an emphasis on short quick combinations with 2-3 or more players. Activities involving rotation of players and playing into and out of central areas are good ones to teach combination play. Passing to feet and passing to space, with a focus on the accuracy, timing and weight of the passes are key technical components for successful combination play.
DETAILS
• Pass and move • Angles of support • Timing of the run • Weight and accuracy of the pass • Use minimal touches and move ball quickly • Support around the ball, ahead of the ball and behind the ball • Break lines through combinations
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
In possession we look to create opportunities to score as opposed to playing low percentage balls forward into the final third. In order to create chances in the final third we must first disorganize the opponent, create overloads, and look to exploit the opponent when they are disorganized. Teaching different types of combination play in the middle third will educate our players how to break teams down and will teach them to be creative in combining with their teammates.

D2.3 When to press when to play in a block

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to combine to advance the ball from the midfield third to the attacking third
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent (create gaps / space)
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced / disorganized (penetration by playing through, around or over)
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Movement to create and exploit space
2 Different types of combinations (give & go, overlaps, underlaps, up-back-through)
3 When to pass to feet when to pass to space
TECHNICAL FOCUS
The technical focus for Combination Play in the middle third is on receiving and passing, with an emphasis on short quick combinations with 2-3 or more players. Activities involving rotation of players and playing into and out of central areas are good ones to teach combination play. Passing to feet and passing to space, with a focus on the accuracy, timing and weight of the passes are key technical components for successful combination play.
DETAILS
• Pass and move • Angles of support • Timing of the run • Weight and accuracy of the pass • Use minimal touches and move ball quickly • Support around the ball, ahead of the ball and behind the ball • Break lines through combinations
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
In possession we look to create opportunities to score as opposed to playing low percentage balls forward into the final third. In order to create chances in the final third we must first disorganize the opponent, create overloads, and look to exploit the opponent when they are disorganized. Teaching different types of combination play in the middle third will educate our players how to break teams down and will teach them to be creative in combining with their teammates.

D3 OPPONENT THIRD

D3.1 Making play predictable

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to combine to advance the ball from the midfield third to the attacking third
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent (create gaps / space)
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced / disorganized (penetration by playing through, around or over)
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Movement to create and exploit space
2 Different types of combinations (give & go, overlaps, underlaps, up-back-through)
3 When to pass to feet when to pass to space
TECHNICAL FOCUS
The technical focus for Combination Play in the middle third is on receiving and passing, with an emphasis on short quick combinations with 2-3 or more players. Activities involving rotation of players and playing into and out of central areas are good ones to teach combination play. Passing to feet and passing to space, with a focus on the accuracy, timing and weight of the passes are key technical components for successful combination play.
DETAILS
• Pass and move • Angles of support • Timing of the run • Weight and accuracy of the pass • Use minimal touches and move ball quickly • Support around the ball, ahead of the ball and behind the ball • Break lines through combinations
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
In possession we look to create opportunities to score as opposed to playing low percentage balls forward into the final third. In order to create chances in the final third we must first disorganize the opponent, create overloads, and look to exploit the opponent when they are disorganized. Teaching different types of combination play in the middle third will educate our players how to break teams down and will teach them to be creative in combining with their teammates.

D3.2 Pressing high as a unit

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to combine to advance the ball from the midfield third to the attacking third
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent (create gaps / space)
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced / disorganized (penetration by playing through, around or over)
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Movement to create and exploit space
2 Different types of combinations (give & go, overlaps, underlaps, up-back-through)
3 When to pass to feet when to pass to space
TECHNICAL FOCUS
The technical focus for Combination Play in the middle third is on receiving and passing, with an emphasis on short quick combinations with 2-3 or more players. Activities involving rotation of players and playing into and out of central areas are good ones to teach combination play. Passing to feet and passing to space, with a focus on the accuracy, timing and weight of the passes are key technical components for successful combination play.
DETAILS
• Pass and move • Angles of support • Timing of the run • Weight and accuracy of the pass • Use minimal touches and move ball quickly • Support around the ball, ahead of the ball and behind the ball • Break lines through combinations
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
In possession we look to create opportunities to score as opposed to playing low percentage balls forward into the final third. In order to create chances in the final third we must first disorganize the opponent, create overloads, and look to exploit the opponent when they are disorganized. Teaching different types of combination play in the middle third will educate our players how to break teams down and will teach them to be creative in combining with their teammates.

TRANSITION TO ATTACK

TA1 OWN THIRD

TA1.1 When to possess vs when to penetrate

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to combine to advance the ball from the midfield third to the attacking third
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent (create gaps / space)
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced / disorganized (penetration by playing through, around or over)
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Movement to create and exploit space
2 Different types of combinations (give & go, overlaps, underlaps, up-back-through)
3 When to pass to feet when to pass to space
TECHNICAL FOCUS
The technical focus for Combination Play in the middle third is on receiving and passing, with an emphasis on short quick combinations with 2-3 or more players. Activities involving rotation of players and playing into and out of central areas are good ones to teach combination play. Passing to feet and passing to space, with a focus on the accuracy, timing and weight of the passes are key technical components for successful combination play.
DETAILS
• Pass and move • Angles of support • Timing of the run • Weight and accuracy of the pass • Use minimal touches and move ball quickly • Support around the ball, ahead of the ball and behind the ball • Break lines through combinations
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
In possession we look to create opportunities to score as opposed to playing low percentage balls forward into the final third. In order to create chances in the final third we must first disorganize the opponent, create overloads, and look to exploit the opponent when they are disorganized. Teaching different types of combination play in the middle third will educate our players how to break teams down and will teach them to be creative in combining with their teammates.

TA1.2 Counter attacking

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to combine to advance the ball from the midfield third to the attacking third
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent (create gaps / space)
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced / disorganized (penetration by playing through, around or over)
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Movement to create and exploit space
2 Different types of combinations (give & go, overlaps, underlaps, up-back-through)
3 When to pass to feet when to pass to space
TECHNICAL FOCUS
The technical focus for Combination Play in the middle third is on receiving and passing, with an emphasis on short quick combinations with 2-3 or more players. Activities involving rotation of players and playing into and out of central areas are good ones to teach combination play. Passing to feet and passing to space, with a focus on the accuracy, timing and weight of the passes are key technical components for successful combination play.
DETAILS
• Pass and move • Angles of support • Timing of the run • Weight and accuracy of the pass • Use minimal touches and move ball quickly • Support around the ball, ahead of the ball and behind the ball • Break lines through combinations
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
In possession we look to create opportunities to score as opposed to playing low percentage balls forward into the final third. In order to create chances in the final third we must first disorganize the opponent, create overloads, and look to exploit the opponent when they are disorganized. Teaching different types of combination play in the middle third will educate our players how to break teams down and will teach them to be creative in combining with their teammates.

TA2 MIDDLE THIRD

TA2.1 When to possess vs when to penetrate

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to combine to advance the ball from the midfield third to the attacking third
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent (create gaps / space)
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced / disorganized (penetration by playing through, around or over)
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Movement to create and exploit space
2 Different types of combinations (give & go, overlaps, underlaps, up-back-through)
3 When to pass to feet when to pass to space
TECHNICAL FOCUS
The technical focus for Combination Play in the middle third is on receiving and passing, with an emphasis on short quick combinations with 2-3 or more players. Activities involving rotation of players and playing into and out of central areas are good ones to teach combination play. Passing to feet and passing to space, with a focus on the accuracy, timing and weight of the passes are key technical components for successful combination play.
DETAILS
• Pass and move • Angles of support • Timing of the run • Weight and accuracy of the pass • Use minimal touches and move ball quickly • Support around the ball, ahead of the ball and behind the ball • Break lines through combinations
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
In possession we look to create opportunities to score as opposed to playing low percentage balls forward into the final third. In order to create chances in the final third we must first disorganize the opponent, create overloads, and look to exploit the opponent when they are disorganized. Teaching different types of combination play in the middle third will educate our players how to break teams down and will teach them to be creative in combining with their teammates.

TA2.2 Counter attacking

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to combine to advance the ball from the midfield third to the attacking third
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent (create gaps / space)
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced / disorganized (penetration by playing through, around or over)
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Movement to create and exploit space
2 Different types of combinations (give & go, overlaps, underlaps, up-back-through)
3 When to pass to feet when to pass to space
TECHNICAL FOCUS
The technical focus for Combination Play in the middle third is on receiving and passing, with an emphasis on short quick combinations with 2-3 or more players. Activities involving rotation of players and playing into and out of central areas are good ones to teach combination play. Passing to feet and passing to space, with a focus on the accuracy, timing and weight of the passes are key technical components for successful combination play.
DETAILS
• Pass and move • Angles of support • Timing of the run • Weight and accuracy of the pass • Use minimal touches and move ball quickly • Support around the ball, ahead of the ball and behind the ball • Break lines through combinations
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
In possession we look to create opportunities to score as opposed to playing low percentage balls forward into the final third. In order to create chances in the final third we must first disorganize the opponent, create overloads, and look to exploit the opponent when they are disorganized. Teaching different types of combination play in the middle third will educate our players how to break teams down and will teach them to be creative in combining with their teammates.

TA3 OPPONENT THIRD

TA3.1 Counter attacking

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to combine to advance the ball from the midfield third to the attacking third
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent (create gaps / space)
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced / disorganized (penetration by playing through, around or over)
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Movement to create and exploit space
2 Different types of combinations (give & go, overlaps, underlaps, up-back-through)
3 When to pass to feet when to pass to space
TECHNICAL FOCUS
The technical focus for Combination Play in the middle third is on receiving and passing, with an emphasis on short quick combinations with 2-3 or more players. Activities involving rotation of players and playing into and out of central areas are good ones to teach combination play. Passing to feet and passing to space, with a focus on the accuracy, timing and weight of the passes are key technical components for successful combination play.
DETAILS
• Pass and move • Angles of support • Timing of the run • Weight and accuracy of the pass • Use minimal touches and move ball quickly • Support around the ball, ahead of the ball and behind the ball • Break lines through combinations
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
In possession we look to create opportunities to score as opposed to playing low percentage balls forward into the final third. In order to create chances in the final third we must first disorganize the opponent, create overloads, and look to exploit the opponent when they are disorganized. Teaching different types of combination play in the middle third will educate our players how to break teams down and will teach them to be creative in combining with their teammates.

TA3.2 Crossing & finishing from transition

OBJECTIVES
1 To improve teams ability to combine to advance the ball from the midfield third to the attacking third
2 To unbalance / disorganize opponent (create gaps / space)
3 To exploit opponent when unbalanced / disorganized (penetration by playing through, around or over)
KEY COACHING POINTS
1 Movement to create and exploit space
2 Different types of combinations (give & go, overlaps, underlaps, up-back-through)
3 When to pass to feet when to pass to space
TECHNICAL FOCUS
The technical focus for Combination Play in the middle third is on receiving and passing, with an emphasis on short quick combinations with 2-3 or more players. Activities involving rotation of players and playing into and out of central areas are good ones to teach combination play. Passing to feet and passing to space, with a focus on the accuracy, timing and weight of the passes are key technical components for successful combination play.
DETAILS
• Pass and move • Angles of support • Timing of the run • Weight and accuracy of the pass • Use minimal touches and move ball quickly • Support around the ball, ahead of the ball and behind the ball • Break lines through combinations
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR STYLE OF PLAY?
In possession we look to create opportunities to score as opposed to playing low percentage balls forward into the final third. In order to create chances in the final third we must first disorganize the opponent, create overloads, and look to exploit the opponent when they are disorganized. Teaching different types of combination play in the middle third will educate our players how to break teams down and will teach them to be creative in combining with their teammates.