Coaching Session #006 : Control U12-U16

Primary Aims & Objectives

This is a whole-part-whole control session which develops players’ receiving under pressure skills.

  • Understand the best body positions for receiving under pressure and receiving in space.
  • Combine with teammates to “Receive, Pass, Offer”.
  • Develop strength when receiving under pressure.

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Arrival Activity

Control Session Plan : Coach Receiving Arrival ActivityOrganisation

Set-up a large pitch divided in to thirds. Use the central third for this warmup and arrival activity.

As players arrive to the session give them either a red or blue bib.

Give two players yellow bibs and ask them to play as floaters (always pass to the team that passed to them).

Players pass the ball to any available teammate, or to a floater, in the midfield third of the pitch.

Discussion

Ask players to concentrate on their first touch; Can players ‘trap’ the ball and keep it close?

Can they take a controlled touch in to space ready for their next pass?

Can they change direction or turn with their first touch?

Make It Harder

Make the floaters defenders.

If a defender wins a ball they can swap bibs with the player they dispossessed.

Game Practice (Whole)

Receiving Session Plan : Coach Control Small Sided GameOrganisation

Play 7-a-side with each team in a 1-2-3-1 formation.

Discussion

Challenge players to play the ball forwards if they can.

Ask players how they have to receive the ball if they want to play off their second touch.

Ask players what they might look for when deciding how to control the ball.

Ask players what they might look for when deciding whether to pass the ball.

Skill Practice (Part)

Receiving Session Plan : Coach Control Skill PracticeOrganisation

If you need to break down the coaching topic and give players a simpler picture.

Split the midfield third in to two halves.

On each half play 3v3 plus a target player behind one of the end-lines.

The attacking team play towards the target player. if they can complete a pass to the target they gain a point.

If the attackers score they start again.

If the defenders win the ball they can stop the ball on any of the boundaries to become the attackers.

Make It Harder

You can overload the games (play 2v3 and 3v4 or 2v2 and 3v5) to ensure all your players have an appropriate challenge.

Bring the floaters in to the area. Now teams must stop the ball on their opponent’s end- line to score.

Game Practice (Whole)

Receiving Session Plan : Coach Control Small Sided GameOrganisation
Return to the Whole Practice to test whether your players have improved their understanding, and to give players an opportunity to experiment with some of the newly introduced concepts.

Add a time limit to the game to add urgency and ensure realistic game-speed.

Encourage players to practice at the same tempo as they would hope to play on a match day.

Try to step out of the session and let the game flow more than you may have done in the early stages of the session. This is the players’ chance to put your coaching – and their understanding – in to practice.

Develop Your Environment

Start your session with a free game and then build in stipulations, conditions and challenges.

If you need to show a more specific picture break the session down and then build back up again.

Develop Your Practice

This session starts with a game, uses the same layout for a technical practice and moves quickly to a skill practice. We then pick up one marker to get back to a game.

Some groups may just play a 90 minute game, but there is still ample opportunity to produce coaching outcomes.

Develop Your Players

Focus on players body shape when receiving the ball.

If there is space to play in to ask your players if they can open up and receive half-turned?

If receiving under pressure can players protect the ball and use a different surface to control?

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Technical Outcomes

Understand the best body positions for receiving under pressure and receiving in space.

Combine with teammates to “Receive, Pass, Offer”.
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Physical Outcomes

Develop strength when receiving under pressure.

Develop stamina and speed playing in a realitic game environment.
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Psychological Outcomes

Identify when to receive in to space and when to protect the ball.

Mentally plan moves ahead to allow first-time passes or combinations with teammates.
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Social
Outcomes

Competing and learning in a game environment.

Communicating with teammates to maintain organisation when defending and create chances when attacking.
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