Week 8 Review

The following email contains information about the weeks practice. The email will outline the sessions that have been completed and what the players worked on. We have a player-centric, proactive curriculum which ensures the players will cover all the necessary mechanics, skill work, and give players a chance to be decision makers and creative players. Through the long-term development from U8 to U19, the players will pass through different stages and priorities as outlined in the program welcome meeting.

While during practice the players will be given the tools they need, if an individual wants to push on with playing at a higher level and performing to the best of their ability, practicing at home will always give them that extra edge, and we can’t encourage enough for those with passion for the sports to practice in their own time. This also avoids unnecessary over-training of structured practices continuously throughout the week.

ADP Training Pool, U8 and Competitive Ages

  • Passing 3

Technical to skill acquisition, working on the mechanics of the soccer action:


  1. Look at target
  2. Eye on the ball
  3. Angle of approach
  4. Planted foot next to the ball
  5. Strike center of the ball
  6. Locked ankle
  7. Follow through towards target


  1. On toes
  2. Eye on the ball
  3. Get in line with the path of the ball
  4. Decide and present the surface to the ball
  5. Relax and cushion on touch

Progression to working with the movement of players off the ball, creating angles of support, and making decisions based upon the pressure from defenders.

  • Small Sided Games

A 3v3 to 4v4 format where players play the sport. Gaining game insight and intelligence while playing the sport in a pressure free environment

10’s to 07’s Competitive Teams

  • Dribbling to Beat the Opponent

Players worked on the 1v1 situation of facing an opponent with the ball at the feet, this being the role of the 1st attacker. The 1st attacker was shown how to have a good first touch, to be positive and have the ball played out of the feet and in to the direction of the player. A good first touch will allow the 1st attacker to get speed to attack the defender, targeting the defenders front foot. It is important that the 1st attacker attempts to off balance the defender and the touch of the 1st attacker goes behind the defender and the next touch is taken once behind the defender. Attacking with changes in speed and direction are 2 of the most important points in this session.

  • Shooting and Finishing

Receiving the ball with back to goal, attacker uses first touch to turn, and strike with the next touch as quick as possible. Looking over the shoulder to see where the goal and keeper is positioned, for quicker speed of thought and ultimately the action. Defender is added to challenge the decision of the turn and whether to shoot or go 1v1 with keeper. Progression to add transition and support by combining with additional attacker once attempt at goal is completed.

  • Small Sided Games

A 3v3 to 4v4 format where players play the sport. Gaining game insight and intelligence while playing the sport in a pressure free environment

06’s to 04’s

  • Pressure from 1st Defender

A defensive practice, working on the approach from the 1st defender when confronting the 1st attacker. 1st defender needs to approach at speed with long strides, slowing down as they get closer and positioning their body so they are side on and low, with a balanced body shape. The players focus on the ball, and at the right moment attempt to poke the ball away. The defenders worked on retreating when needed, if the attacker can dribble at them in space. Responsibility of the defender is to delay the attacker and force an error, with the characteristic of being smart in positioning and patient waiting for a mistake. Defenders looked for the visual cue of the ball in flight as when to close down at speed to put the attacker’s first touch under pressure.

  • CIG – Making Play Predictable

Session focus was on the forwards making the opposition play predictable. This enables the team to initially drop off to encourage playing out of the back, and then stepping as forwards apply pressure to apply pressure high up the field. The forwards worked as a pair forcing the player with the ball to make predictable passes in to midfield. Technical aspects included, delaying the play not over committing, controlling the play and forcing the team lateral or backwards, 2nd defender providing cover at an angle to prevent penetrative passes forward, and confronting the player at an angle that makes the play predictable.

Roles and Responsibilities –

    • Player #9/ or #10 (strong side of the field) – directs the defenders to play out on one side of the field. Advanced angled run to cut off the ball back inside to a supporting center back
    • Player #7 or #11 (strong side of field) – cuts off the flank to narrow the passing challenge of the attacking player
    • Player #9 or #10 (weak side of the field) – press high on to the back pass, if player continues to move forward now pinch infield to create an numbers up situation to intercept the pass
    • Player #7 or #11 (weak side of field) – squeezes infield with the number 6 to provide a number up situation in the middle of the field, along with the #8 providing the immediate pressure on the ball out
    • Player #8 – Applies pressure between the seams of the front 2 defending players, creating a triangle of pressure. The more pressure from 1st and 2nd defender, the closer #10 gets to challenge the ball, waiting to defend 1 v 1 from a dribble, or intercepting the pass in to midfield
  • Small Sided Games

A 3v3 to 4v4 format where players play the sport. Gaining game insight and intelligence while playing the sport in a pressure free environment

03’s and Older

  • Dribble to Posses

Session included knowing what type of dribbling method was needed dependent on the space around the player. No space with high pressure – shield, 1v1 in open space – dribbles to beat opponent, open space – running with the ball. Defenders provided the game situation to know when to pass and when to dribble, players tried to recognize when it was better to pass, including when other players were in better positions to keep possession, and the space between 1st and 2nd defender. A very challenging practice which incorporates communication, commitment, and decision making.

  • Passing Pattern – Y – Pattern

Set up in a Y shape, the players are put through several different technical practices. Short passing is mostly worked on, but also body movement and shape for receiving and running with the ball are included. As the session progresses to adjust the pattern and adding a defender, the decision making of running with the ball, to dribbling to the player achieves skill acquisition.

  • When to Pass, and When to Dribble from the Defensive Third

Playing out of the defensive 3rd, players were using visual cues to recognize the compactness and balance on the oppositions attackers when defending. Whether to dribble or pass out of the 3rd was dependent on the space in front of the player, and the space between the defenders and midfield. Support in the defensive 3rd is to be behind the ball, with supporting player being closer in support with more pressure placed on the ball from defender. Initial shape of back 4 is to get the FB’s in to wide advanced positions with the CDM dropping to support the ball out from the CB’s. Pressure on the ball adjusts this angle and support from the FB’s with being aware of what happens if losing the ball in the defensive third, and supporting any passes back to the GK or across the back line.


Every session is structured to facilitate all four pillars of the players development, and to include challenges, targets, and competition to get players to push themselves further. We are a program that heavily focuses on the players individual development, and not to get caught up in the race for trophies and excessive travel to unnecessary tournaments. If you ever have any questions about the Fremont YSC philosophy, and the proactive curriculum, we are always available to answer.

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