Combinations to Release

SoccerSpecific

Combinations to release provides a simple session set up that goes from simple to complex which progressively challenges the players to meet the modern demands of attacking play. The session focuses on the ability of individuals and small groups to realize opportunities to combine and then penetrate into space. Perfect for teams looking to improve their creativity and speed of play in the final third.

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Combinations to Release

1.

Setup:

3 v 1 Combination to Release Rondo- 2 x 10 x 10 yard grids, 4 players per grid. (create as many grids that are needed and rotate players in that are waiting). Each player defends for 1 min.

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Instructions:

3 attackers try and keep possession of the ball while the 1 defender attempts to intercept. The attacking group attempt to play 5 passes minimum before releasing one player to the other grid. When the ball is switched to the other half of the grid, the team moves to support the player on the ball.

Progression(s): Play 2 touches, then progress to 1 touch.  Now, when defender wins it, the player who lost the ball becomes the new defender.

Coaching Points:

  • Play forward- switch the point of attack
  • Movement and support- players must attempt to time their movements and move as the ball moves to provide good support

2.

Setup:

Combination to release passing pattern- 6 mannequins set up with 2 mini goals. 3 mins x 4 sets.

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Instructions:

Ball starts at A and is switched through B to the opposite side (C). Then, the ball is played to the central player (D), back to a checking winger (E) and then through to the left winger (F) to score in the mini goal. Players follow their pass for the next rep.

Coaching Points:

  • Speed of play- first touch to play forward, movement to create separation, sharp passes to feet
  • Play forward- switch the point of attack
  • Movement and support- players must attempt to time their movements and move as the ball moves to provide good support
  • Timing of movement- movement between the three forwards must be good to ensure it can be emulated in a game (move as the ball is moving- arrive as the ball does)

3.

Setup:

Combinations to Release- 36 yds width x 24 yds length. 4 teams of 4. 6 x 3 minute sets.

Combinations to Release 3 | SoccerSpecific.com

Instructions:

The 4 attackers in possession must move the ball quickly to unbalance the 4 defenders. If they are able to find a clear passing lane, they find one of the target players who then bumps the ball back into play to a 3rd man runner who attempts to finish in one of the small goals. Defenders are to work as a unit from side to side and front to back- pressure/cover/balance- to prevent getting split.

Coaching Points:

  • Play forward- switch the point of attack
  • Movement and support- players must attempt to time their movements and move as the ball moves to provide good support

4.

Setup:

8 v 8 + 2 Small Sided game- 40 yds width x 50 yds length. 2 teams of 8 with 2 neutral players. 3 x 7 minute sets.

Combinations to Release 4 | SoccerSpecific.com

Instructions:

Balls start with the coach on the sideline who plays to one of the teams. The team in possession attempt to possess the ball to find one of their strikers for a lay off. Neutrals play with the team in possession to create an overload and improve chances of success. A goal can be scored after playing through to one of the forwards and then combining off that player to score.

Coaching Points:

  • Play forward- switch the point of attack
  • Movement and support- players must attempt to time their movements and move as the ball moves to provide good support