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Key coaching points • Forwards working hard to drop in and get behind the ball to apply pressure


• One attacking player should always provide an outlet for a counter-attack


• Players to work hard to regain order and balance as quickly as possible if found out of position


• Forward/s (outlet) take up positions “out of the eye line”, in the gaps and off the shoulder of the 2 CBs, ready to pounce on direct passes from deep positions into the space in behind (role of the outlet striker is crucial to the counter)


• Compact, tight, defensive lines, watching and edging on the front foot to “pinch” passes as they arrive


• Early communication and information. Coach away from the ball and manage units/individuals in front


• Awareness and appreciation of the transition (successful regain) and forward play with purpose


• Detail for outlet player to secure the ball (on transition) to link up play (for supporting players)


• Ensure defensive organisation is secure • On regaining possession, players to recognise opportunities to exploit the opposition in both central and wide areas, appreciating diff erent ways to exploit (e.g. change of tempo, creative combination play, switch ball to run it etc…)


Potential Indivudal and Unit/Team Challenges 1. On losing the ball, get back into defensive positions as quickly as possible


2. On regaining the ball, look to play forward to the furthest player as quickly as possible


3. Identify when and how to build attacks centrally/ in wide areas (create overloads in central areas by having one more player than the opposition and by building attacks with passes of 10 yards or less. Create overloads in wide areas by “ganging up” on opposition players).


4. Show urgency and enthusiasm to support the outlet striker as quickly as possible! – Split striker/midfi elders


Session 2 topic: Attacking – Playing out from the Back and Possession


Phase 1: Game (11v11) – Match Practice Game-realistic hostile environment


Challenge 1 – Blues = 4/4/2 v Reds = 4/2/4 (15 minutes–30 minutes)


High press from Reds in stressful environment. Four opposition strikers “locked on” to four defenders.


Blues look to identify diff erent ways to play out from their own defensive third (on the ground where possible and appropriate), recognising the importance of the goalkeeper as an outlet to make a 5v4 scenario.


If necessary then…


Challenge 2. 4 + GK v 3 strikers (Blues = 4/4/2 v 4/3/3) Challenge 3. 4 + GK v 2 strikers (Blues = 4/4/2 v 4/4/2) Challenge 4. 4 + GK v 1 striker (Blues = 4/4/2 v /4/5/1)


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