FA Level 1 – Waves Part 5

This final progression follows on from the blog “WAVES” start of the practice, “WAVES progressions two and three, “WAVES” progressions four and five and “WAVES” progressions four and five.

The fifth and final “Waves” blog, starts to introduce Football Association Level 2 content, with the first session being a 3 v 1, the second a 3 v 2 and finally a 3 v 3 conditioned game. The previous “WAVE” sessions were designed to gradually test and stretch the players, by adding time trials, encouraging quick, passing, movement, support and communication. The conditions imposed in the previous “WAVE” sessions helped the players to develop different unopposed skills, such as first time shooting, turning to shoot, crossing and finishing and switching play. These last three progressions, now introduce defenders, which will further test players ability whilst under pressure. The last progression is a 3 v 3 game, which is where all football coaching session should end, with a game of football.

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WAVES – PROGRESSION 8 – THREE ATTACKERS V 1 DEFENDER

ORGANISATION

  • Organise players into groups of threes
  • Organise an area of about 50 yards long, by 20 yards wide. Adjust to suit the age and ability of the players
  • Goals at either end, with goalkeepers
  • Halfway line: Shooting line 10 -15 yards from the goal. Players must shoot before the shooting line.
  • Supply of balls, bibs and maker discs

THE PRACTICE

  • Defender passes the ball into the GK from the halfway line
  • The attacking team create space to receive the ball from the GK
  • Defender is restricted to defending in this half of the pitch only
  • Attackers must keep the ball away from the one defender. All attackers must touch the ball at least once in this half of the pitch
  • To advance into the attacking half, the final pass must be from the defending half to the attacking half, for an attacking player running over the halfway line
  • All attacking players must be in attacking half for a goal to be scored
  • Competition is to see which team can score in the quickest possible time
  • Groups alternate from end to end after shooting

COACH TO ENCOURAGE

  • Defender to defend realistically, but conditioned to defend ONLY IN THE DEFENDING HALF
  • Communication between players, both verbally and with hand gestures
  • Positive, accurate passing. Finding space away from the defender.
  • Early support for the player on the ball to keep possession and the ball away from the defender
  • Timing and communication of the run from the players who are going to make a runs from defending half to attacking half
  • Timed accurate pass from defending half to attacking half for forward runner
  • All attacking players to get into attacking half quickly
  • Accurate finish
  • Rebounds from the goalkeeper
  • Goalkeeping

WAVES – PROGRESSION 9 – THREE ATTACKERS V TWO DEFENDERS

ORGANISATION

  • Three attackers V two defenders: Ball is passed into the GK from the halfway line
  • The attacking team create space to receive the ball from the GK
  • Defenders are restricted to defending in this half of the pitch only
  • Attackers must keep the ball away from the defenders. All attackers must touch the ball at least once in this half of the pitch
  • To advance into the attacking half, the final pass must be from the defending half to the attacking half, for an attacking player running over the halfway line
  • All attacking players must be in attacking half for a goal to be scored
  • Competition is to see which team can score in the quickest possible time

COACH TO ENCOURAGE

  • Defenders to defend realistically, but conditioned to defend ONLY IN THE DEFENDING HALF
  • Communication between players, both verbally and with hand gestures
  • Positive, accurate passing. Finding space away from the defender.
  • Early support for the player on the ball to keep possession and the ball away from the defenders
  • Timing and communication of the run and timing of the pass for the player who is going to make a run from defending half to attacking half
  • All attacking players to get into attacking half quickly
  • Accurate finish:
  • Rebounds from the goalkeeper
  • Goalkeeping

WAVES – PROGRESSION 10 – THREE V THREE GAME– PROGRESS TO FOUR V FOUR GAME

ORGANISATION

  • Game of three V three, with goals and goalkeepers
  • Pitch size 40 x 20 yards or to suit age and ability of players
  • Encourage both teams to play a 1 – 1  – 1 formation
  • Game of football. Team in possession to try and score

COACH TO ENCOURAGE

  • Team in possession to create space as a team, trying to achieve width and penetration
  • Good passing, movement and support for the player on the ball
  • Communication between players
  • Progress quickly if possible to try and score. If not keep possession
  • A defensive balance when attacking. One player to be disciplined and sit behind the ball when attacking
  • Create and take shooting opportunities
  • Encourage individual skills when appropriate
    • Dribbling
    • Turning
    • Run with ball
    • Quick, clever combination play
    • Shooting
    • Rebounds
    • Defending

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