Switching Play to Penetrate

SoccerSpecific

This full session focuses on the technical and tactical aspects of Switching Play to Penetrate. The activities focus on improving the ability of the team to overload one area of the field and to create positional and qualitative superiority through speed of play and technical quality. All activities can be adapted for social distancing, with players split into zones OR told not to tackle and only to intercept passes (a touch limitation should also be added if this is the case, to improve game realism).  Give Switching Play to Penetrate a try and let us know what you think!

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1.

Setup:

Switching pattern play to goal version 1, pattern starts from top of penalty box. 10 outfield players set out across field. Depending on the numbers, have players who come in after each two sets (one to the right, one left).

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Instructions:

Ball always start from the coach who plays either center back;
1. Pattern as shown; #4-#5-#3-#6 (#8 rotates out)- #7 (inverted run and dribbles inside), #9, #2, cross & finish. Then repeat the other side (#5-#4-#2-#8-#11- #9- #3-for cross and finish.

Coaching Points:

Speed of play, quality of the passing, first touch, weight and speed of the build up, timing and intensity of movements must be game realistic.

2.

Setup:

Switching pattern play to goal version 2, pattern starts from top of penalty box. 10 outfield players set out across field. Depending on the numbers, have players who come in after each two sets (one to the right, one left).

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Instructions:

Ball always start from the coach who plays either center back;
1. Pattern as shown; #5-#4-#3-#10- #6- #7 (inverted run and plays back) #10, #2 (overlapping run), cross & finish. Then repeat the other side for cross and finish.

Coaching Points:

Overall speed of play, quality of the passing, first touch, weight and speed of the build up, timing and intensity of movements must be game realistic.

3.

Setup:

4 v 2 Switch to Penetrate Rondo. Two rondo boxes side by side, with one 4 v 2 in one box and one free player at the other side.

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Instructions:

In first area, play 4 v 2, with the other player positioned on the outside of the second area. The aim is for the attacking team to maintain possession, and switch the ball to the free #5. After switching, the #1, #6 and #8 support the #5 by moving zones. Both defenders switch boxes to defend.

Coaching Points:

1. Body Shape/position when receiving.
2. Supporting angles/distances from team mates
3. Patience v Penetration

4.

Setup:

Switch to Penetrate Phase Play- 8 v 6 game on a 70 x 65 yard field. Field split into 3 central zones (2 v 1 in Zone 1 and 3, 3 v 3 in Zone 2) and 2 wide zones (wide players play on black team). Balls start from the server at the bottom of Zone 1. 5 mins game: 2 mins rest ( x 3 games).

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Instructions:

Attacking team set up in a 1-4-3-1 vs 1-2-3-1. Attacking team look to play through all 3 vertical channels and try and score in the big goal. Opponents can regain possession and attempt to score in the mini goals. When the ball goes into the wide vertical channel, wide players have 2 touches to play out of the box (pass or cross into the box) and players from Zone 2 can enter Zone 3. Emphasis should be on playing into wide zones at the right times.

Coaching Points:

1. Body Shape/position when receiving.
2. Supporting angles/distances from team mates
3. Patience v Penetration- when to play the wide players and when to maintain possession centrally.
4. Full backs maintain width to encourage switch of play

5.

Setup:

Switch to Penetrate Small Sided Game- 6 v 6 + 2 game on a 70 x 65 yard field. Field split into 3 central zones (2 v 1 in Zone 1 and 3, 3 v 3 in Zone 2) and 2 wide zones. Play throw ins and goal kicks when ball goes out of play. 7 mins game x 3 games (2 mins break between sets).

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Instructions:

Attacking team set up in a 1-4-3-1 vs 1-2-3-1. Team in possession should look to play through all 3 vertical channels and try and score in the oppositions goal. Opponents attempt to regain possession and score in the opposition’s goal. When the ball goes into the wide vertical channel, wide players (now neutral) have 2 touches to play out of the box (pass or cross into the box) and players from Zone 2 can enter Zone 3. Emphasis should be on playing into wide zones at the right times.

Coaching Points:

1. Body Shape/position when receiving.
2. Supporting angles/distances from team mates
3. Patience v Penetration
4. Can we switch play and find the free player at the right time?
5. Full backs maintain width to encourage switch of play.