In this series of posts, we share with you some drills and session plans for you to apply to your training sessions.
Today’s activity is focused on pressing, which if you have seen the other drills that I have shared, is a prominent theme. Pressing has become a key component of the modern game, the execution of teams pressing at the elite level of the game gives us at the grassroots something to look at and work towards.
This video by Aaron Brooks highlights some good examples of teams pressing well. Like examples in previous pressing drills, these videos may be great to share with you players, before, during or after the session to support their understanding of what pressing looks like and what’s needed in order to achieve a successful press.
The activity below is one that I am sure has been replicated many of times and taken a number of different incarnations, however, I have attributed this one to a fellow coach and really great friend of mine Harry Sherman (Twitter). He introduced this one to me during one of his sessions with the Kinja FC men’s team.
He emphasised during delivery the need for players to be able to execute the four S’s successfully. I addressed them in my first pressing drill post. For those that missed it, here’s a quick recap of the 4S’s; Shutdown (Closedown space between you and the attacker quickly), Slowdown (Keep about an arm’s length away), Sitdown (Get in a surfer stance, guiding the attacker which way you want them to go) and Showdown (Engaging with the attacker and winning the ball).
The ideal number for this activity would be 12, with teams of 6 players. If you have to reduce the numbers then I’d consider also doing the same to the number of players that are allowed to go and press in the oppositions half. You could also consider using magic men (neutral players) to add a different variation to the practice, having them play for the team in possession could also help for sessions where you have limited players.
This really simple exercise is one that I love to use with my teams during warm-ups, as providing I have a few balls, I can really make sure that the intensity remains high and it helps get the players ready for the intensity of the game.
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Please don’t take the drill sources as gospel, we’ve tried to credit drills, especially those we’ve seen elsewhere, alternatively if that’s not possible, we’ve credited the coach that has put on that version of that drill. Please get in touch, using the comments section below if there’s another source.