Principles of the Build

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Principles of the Build uses concepts of positional play and rondos to teach a team how to break down a compact, organized block from the back. With a heavy focus on technical execution and tactical understanding, these exercises go from simple to complex to improve a team’s ability to possess and penetrate against the opposition.

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Principles of the Build

1.

Setup:

4 v 2- 1 v 1 possession rondo- 4 v 2 possession (5 v 2 if needed) attempt to play to the one target when possible. When ball transfers, players transfer to opposite side. to create a 4 v 2. If there is an extra player, add neutral player in possession.

Instructions:

Team of 4 keep possession vs 2 defenders (limited touches with quick speed of play) and try to find the target. When team of 2 win the ball, they play to coach.

Coaching Points:

  • Speed of play- back foot, 1st touch move, create good angle of support
  • Break lines- 1st line, 2nd line and 3rd line passes
  • Transition- speed to get ball out of pressure vs. cut off passing lanes defensively when losing ball
  • **Make it competitive between both teams (# of passes)

2.

Setup:

Three teams of 5. Two teams set up in each half of the grid (positionally) as 2 CB’s and 3 CM’s. The other team of 5 are the pressing team (in yellow). 2 neutrals act as outside backs, Each team defends for a set.

Instructions:

The in-possession team attempt to retain possession and prevent the pressing players from stealing the ball. The full-backs are able to position themselves outside the grid, but can be pressed. Pressing players (yellow) are allowed to defend the entire grid. If pressing players steal possession, they must attack the mini goals. At this point, the team they stole the ball from become the new defensive team and must now defend a new ball being played in by the coach.

Progression: The team in possession must decide whether to score for a point (they switch with the team they won it from, or play to the group in the opposite grid.

Coaching Points:

  • Build up- supporting angles around the ball
  • ‘OPPOSITES’ – Team in possession should use the full-backs’ width as a way of opening the middle of the pitch; likewise, they should be comfortable playing into midfield players under pressure in order to draw the opposition away from the the wide areas

3.

Setup:

Two teams of 8 split up into 2 center backs in the defensive zone, and midfielders set into a 3-3- formation. 2 neutrals act as outside backs, 8 min sets.

Instructions:

The center back pairs will start each possession, playing into the playing area (shaded) when the time is right. Team in possession attempt to use the outside backs to retain possession and score on the mini goals. If the defensive team win possession, they can reload back to their center backs or attack immediately.

Progression: Center backs and outside backs can now enter the playing area on the dribble to create overloads in possession.
Center backs can be pressed in their defensive zone.

Coaching Points:

  • Build up- supporting angles around the ball
  • Team in possession should use the full-backs’ width as a way of opening the middle of the pitch; likewise, they should be comfortable playing into midfield players under pressure in order to draw the opposition away from the the wide areas

4.

Setup:

8 v 7 organized as shown, 7 red players plus their GK try and build out against 6 yellow players. Coach is at midfield with a group of balls and GK also has a set of balls (alter starting point with yellow/ red in possession).

Instructions:

The objective of the red team is to build out from their GK and score on one of the two counter goals; yellow team attempt to win the ball and go to the big goal. The pressing team start pressing in a 1-5-1 medium block with the striker forcing the ball into one area.
Progression:: The pressing team now press high in a 4-4-2 (4-2-4) formation with pressure being applied to the ball EVERY pass.

Coaching Points:

  • Position, decision, execution- adjust position and decision based on the opposition pressure.
  • Defensive transition- ready to transition.
  • Manage risk and reward