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Zone 1 Curriculum & Session Plans

Zone 1 - Player Development Curriculum

Week

Session Theme

Tactical Focus

Block 1: Ball Control Dribbling and Running with the Ball:

1

Dribbling to Shield and Turn – Rear Side Pressure

Defensive Dribbling: Keeping Possession under Pressure

Session 1

Session 2

2

Running With the Ball at Speed

Running with the ball to Escape Pressure or Attack Space

Session 1

Session 2

3

Dribbling 1 v 1 & 2 v 2 – Various Pressure

Offensive Dribbling To Beat a Defender - Various Pressure.  1st & 2nd Attacker Roles

Session 1

Session 2

Block 2: Passing and Receiving

4

Passing and Receiving

Small group possession, Numbers Up – 3v1/5v2. Movement and Support angles. Timing and Composure

Session 1

Session 2

5

Building out of the Back – Controlling the Tempo

Controlled Possession to Create Space to Penetrate. Functional – focusing on Each Unit from the Back Through Midfield.

Session 1

Session 2

6

Combination Play

Combination Play to Create Space, Speed of Play

Session 1

Session 2

Block 3: Defending

7

1st and 2nd defender

1st Defender: Press vs Delay. Preventing forward penetration

2nd Defender: Cover, Interception vs Tackle. Defensive transition

Session 1

Session 2

8

Team Defending and Pressing

3rd Defender: Support. Prevent forward penetration, Recovery runs

Functional – Team Defensive organization. Pressing and Counter Pressing

Session 1

Session 2

Block 4: Shooting, Crossing and Finishing

9

Shooting for Power, Crossing and Finishing

Shooting from Distance – From a Dribble or Pass.

Session 1

Session 2

10

Shooting for Power, Crossing and Finishing

Controlled Finish from Inside the Box, Attacking Forward Runs, Types of Crosses/Service

Session 1

Session 2

11

Forward Attacking Play

Combination Play and movement in the attacking 1/3 – Creating Space to Score. Types of Runs.

Session 1

Session 2

Block 5: Ball Control, Dribbling and Running With the Ball

12

Dribbling to Shield and Turn – Rear Side Pressure

Defensive Dribbling – Keep the Ball Under Pressure

Session 1

Session 2

13

Running With the Ball at Speed

Running With the Ball to Escape Pressure or Attack Space/Counter Attack

Session 1

Session 2

14

Dribbling 1v1, 2v1 and 3v2

Offensive Dribbling and Combination Play to Beat a Defender – 2nd and 3rd Attacker Roles. Offensive and Defensive Transition

Session 1

Session 2

Block 6: Passing and Receiving

15

Possession

Movement and Supporting angles. Switch of the Play – Change the Point of Attack

Session 1

Session 2

16

Building and Attack/Changing the Tempo

Controlled Possession to Create Space to Penetrate. Functional – Focusing on Each unit From Back through Midfield.

Session 1

Session 2

17

Combination Play

Player Combination to Create Space in the Final Third. Types of Runs, Types of Passes.

Session 1

Session 2

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