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Updated: Jan 28

๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—–๐—–๐—˜๐—ฅ ๐——๐—ฅ๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ "๐—›๐—ข๐—ช ๐—ง๐—ข ๐—ฃ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ฆ - ๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—ก๐——๐—ข" Parts of the players game that will be improved from this session: Pressing; Positioning; Talking/organising team mates; Conditioning (fitness).

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๐—•๐—ข๐—ข๐—ž: "๐—ง๐—ฅ๐—”๐—œ๐—ก๐—œ๐—ก๐—š ๐—ฆ๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ฆ๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก๐—ฆ ๐—™๐—ข๐—ฅ ๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—–๐—–๐—˜๐—ฅ ๐—–๐—ข๐—”๐—–๐—›๐—˜๐—ฆ ๐—ฉ๐—ข๐—Ÿ๐—จ๐— ๐—˜ ๐Ÿญ"CHRIS KING. EXERCISE NUMBER: SESSION 2 - DRILL 1 - HOW TO PRESS : RONDO

๐—ฃ๐—จ๐—ฅ๐—ฃ๐—ข๐—ฆ๐—˜: - Provide cover and balance with compact defending. - Get used to using triggers to initiate the press.

๐—ฆ๐—˜๐—ง ๐—จ๐—ฃ: - 9 Players (Alternatively 10,11,12 players - have 2 defensive players in each half; if 12, have one outside resting and swapping or collecting balls). - 7 Cones - 20x10 yard area - 15 Minutes

๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐——๐—ฅ๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ: - 6 Attacking players are positioned on the outside of the designated 10 yard lines of the area and 3 Defending players are inside the area. Only 2 defenders are allowed in a 10x10 grid at any one time (with the third one resting in the other 10x10 grid). The Defenders can rotate who goes in.

- The Attacking players aim to combine and play penetrative passes between the Defenders (this is called the โ€˜third passing lineโ€™) across the area without the Defenders intercepting the ball.

- Attackers must not go inside the area and must stay on the lines of the area or within a step either way.

- The Defenders aim to prevent the penetrative third line pass (donโ€™t get split in other words!) and look for opportunities to press and regain possession of the ball. They may tackle the Blacks.

- However, the Defenders should also look to prevent first line (left or right) and second line (forward left or forward right) passes, as these passes change the angle of attack.

- Once the Defenders have won possession or forced a misplaced pass on 3 occasions, change the 3 Defenders (or alternatively work for 2-3 minutes at a time to get conditioning).

๐—–๐—ข๐—”๐—–๐—›๐—˜๐—ฆ ๐—ก๐—ข๐—ง๐—˜๐—ฆ: - Get the defenders to communicate with each other all the time. โ€œIโ€™ll press the ballโ€, โ€Iโ€™m on your rightโ€ etc.

- Challenge the Defenders to win the ball back within 5 passes because in a match your best chance of winning the ball back is in the first few seconds.

- Defenders work hard in pairs to press but try not to get split by a pass.

- Defenders press hard when a trigger happens (ie Attacker has a bad touch or there is a slow pass).

๐—ฃ๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—š๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ฆ๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก/๐—–๐—›๐—”๐—ก๐—š๐—˜๐—ฆ: - Allow the 3 defenders to move anywhere inside the 20x10 area. - Limit the players on the outside to 2 touches. - Add an attacker (Black) into the middle who is free to move anywhere

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Happy coaching! Chris King.

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