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Exercises on positions?

Are there exercises where you can train on positions? 4-3-3// 4-4-2?I have seen this somewhere but I can recall/find it anymore. Any help is appreciated. - Steven Wickel

Hi Steven,

If you take a look at the Roles & Responsibilities drill category, this has plenty of drills/ideas to work on your teams formation and positional play. Here's a example drill.

Matt

Positional Roles - With and without possession

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When team in possession of the ball:

Keeper

  • To get the ball out of the circle
  • Maybe set-up an attack

Sweeper

  • Directs the play from the back
  • Assists with transferring the ball
  • Takes your 16 yard hits
  • Supports the midfield when higher up the pitch

CB

  • Makes themself available to assist when playing the ball from the back

RB/LB

  • Be in position to receive the ball wide on 16-yard hits
  • Support the midfield when in possession

CM

  • Always available to receive the ball.
  • Looks to spread the ball, using their central connection point to help their whole team
  • Take a lot of the free hits

RM/LM

  • Very important link in the attacking patterns
  • Supports the forwards by moving up the pitch
  • Should sometimes take players on
  • Should offer a passing option to the defence
  • Should also be able to score

CF

  • Try to get free from their marker
  • Pull defenders out of position to create space for other players to explore
  • Able to receive the ball when being man to man marked
  • Needs to be able to take players on in the one to one
  • Able to shoot from all positions and win rebounds
  • Able to win short corners

RF/LF

  • Keep wide to receive the ball
  • Able to take on players
  • Can take some risks
  • Should try to cross the ball into the circle
  • Able to win short corners

Coaching Points:

When team is not in possession of the ball:

Keeper

  • Organise the defensive players during play and short corners
  • Ability to keep the ball out of the goal

Sweeper

  • Organise the defence
  • Fill in the spaces by pushing up
  • Provide defensive cover for other defenders and sometimes for other midfielders and forwards
  • Needs to be able to 'read the game'
  • See where the next danger is coming from
  • Know when to push up to assist the press

CB

  • Closely mark the opposition's centre forward
  • Must be very disciplined
  • Try to anticipate and not react to dangers
  • Try to intercept the ball

RB/LB

  • Closely mark the opposition's wide forwards
  • Force players to attack wide (away from the middle)
  • Provide cover when on the non-possession side
  • Try to intercept the ball
  • Try to anticipate and not react to dangers

CM

  • Try to intercept the ball
  • Break down the opposition's attacks
  • Stop players coming through the middle and force players to the outside
  • Front mark during full/full court press

RM/LM

  • Need to be able to decide when to zonal mark, man to man mark or front mark
  • Try to intercept the ball
  • Look to break down the attacks

CF

  • Close down and put pressure on the ball
  • Stop transfers of ball once the ball has gone wide
  • Front mark 16 yard hits as soon asap , making the ball go wide
  • Marking and stopping the forward running central defender / sweeper

 

RF/LF

  • Close down and put pressure on the player in possession
  • Stand in the passing lines to the midfield (on their side)
  • Stop and mark the forward running wide defenders
  • Come back to support and mark if the RD/LD pushes higher up the pitch

This Drill may be helpful

Bram

positional unit play

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Start by putting your players in their position on  half a pitch. (whateve the formation you want to play.)

Give one of the players a ball and ask the team to pass the ball around the team as fast as they can. This should start to get players used to the players around them.


Coaching Points:

It is very important to tell players that they should use the players close to them and not try unrealistic passes i.e. right defence to left wing.

With young teams it is important to limit each players pass options to a max of 3 or even 2, this will help with the players speed of moving the ball on due to the fact that they do not have to think of a better option all the time.

 

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