Week 9 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

  • ABC

A selection of practices working on the players agility, balance, and co-ordination. A carousel of stations which all involved the ball, including ball manipulation and shooting

  • 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

  • Short Passing

High repetition of passing over 10 yards, focusing on the mechanics of the pass. When receiving the short pass players work on their body shape to get a positive touch out of their feet to take away the delay between first touch and pass. Pressure is added once the progression is made to play in the larger playing area split into thirds. Players passing must split the defenders seem to find a target player in the additional third of the field. To advance the session players now change to 2 halves of a field with open pressure, removing any restrictions placed on to the defenders.

  • Small Sided Games 2

A set of small sided games with different methods of scoring to force the player in to 1v1 situations on the field, and games designed to replicate functional areas on the field. This week the attacking team must split the 3 sides of a midfield triangle by passing the ball to a receiving player. 1 defender stays in this triangle trying to prevent the pass. Angles and distance of support are important, along with the need for constant movement off the ball. Moment of transition is when the middle player intercepts the ball and breaks out to an off-field target, or when a defending player wins the ball and immediately finds the target player, in this case the player in the triangle.

1st Attacker

  • Penetrate through the defense by completing one of the following successfully –
  • Dribbling, either to beat the defender or to take the space further up the field
  • Passing, accurately to a supporting player, or in to space for supporting players runs. Goals more likely to be scored by switching the point of attack, splitting seams, and playing between units. This is also known as Phase 3 play, creativity in goal scoring opportunities.
  • Shooting, hitting the target from a variety of positions on the field, or recognizing a player in a better position who could find a better chance of success with shot

2nd Attacker

  • Nearest attacking player in support of the ball –
  • Angle of support so pass can be played with a defender covering the passing channel
  • Distance of support to create a 2v1 situation
  • Distance of support prevents defender from covering both the 1st and 2nd attacker
  • 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

  • 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.

  • Dribbling Under Pressure

1st attacker dribbling to use both feet when under pressure. Using cones initially, the player transfers the ball between feet, depending on the direction of pressure, as they perform a skill at the cone the shift the ball between feet and get an extra touch to move the ball away from the defender. 1st defender applies physical pressure through leaning to help develop the attacker’s strength and balance on the ball when under pressure, progressing to trying to win the ball.

  • 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

  • Playing with width

Area made up of full width field, double in length of the 18-yard area. 2 wide flank areas are left as open spaces to progress in to, with 3 goals across the goal line for players to dribble in to. Attacking team moves the ball to pass in to the CF area as early as possible to compact the defensive unit. Midfield players support around this pass to then play the next pass wide. Progressing the session includes the second scenario of the wide area being covered, with the midfield combining to get the ball to the weak side. Use of width to also find a third scenario of getting midfield runners through the middle of the field from stretching the defensive unit.

  • CIG – When to Pass and When to Dribble

Players looked for the visual cues on the field to recognize when to pass and when to dribble. Cues to dribble included, the 1st attacker being able to dribble in space and at speed at the 1st defender (the compactness behind the 1st defender with the 2nd defender covering would change this decision making), and the counter attack being at speed where the attacking team are in a number up situation so to go at defenders and commit them to challenges. Passing cues included, the 1st attacker needing to use the support of the 2nd attacker to penetrate the defense – such as a 1-2 pass. When the attack is slow, or an indirect style of play is used then passing the ball maintains possession, and this can also lead to changing the point of attack by moving the ball from the strong side of the field to the weak side of the field. A compact defense will also mean the 1st attacker needs to pass so space can be created by ball and player movement.

  • Midfielders Combining with Forwards

Midfielders and forwards worked on the visual cues on the field to create space in attacking positions. Midfielders controlled the play by moving the ball around looking for when the defense became compact so a longer ball into the 3rd attacker in the attacking 3rd could create penetration. The attacking midfielder would look to move forward into advanced positions to play 1-2 passes and 1 touch play with the strikers to get through tight, compact defenses. Midfielder also looked to support in the onside position to be able to shoot from distance when receiving the ball back from the forwards.


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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