Building From Back Tactical Midfield Rotation Session – Objective
In our Building From Back Tactical Midfield Rotation Session, we have a passing pattern, followed by small sided game in tight spaces to quickly get out of pressure. In this session, we would like to improve our passing, receiving and penetration skills by trying to build up from the back for penetration into midfield.
Before we start, please find all of our soccer curriculum sessions in our overview page.
- Who – 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Primarily.
- Where – Defending half or Flank.
- When – GK possession, winning ball back defensive half.
- Why – Penetration midfield, keep possession under pressure.
- What – Width outside backs, support.
- How – Passing weight, body shape, combination.
Building From Back Tactical Midfield Rotation Session – Details and Stages
The US SOCCER curriculum its best practices is followed. This methodology consists of 4 stages within our Building From Back Tactical Midfield Rotation Session, focusing on progression throughout.
Every practice session starts with a light jog warm up and stretching. Every time there is a small break, players should look to play a small game of rondo when they are waiting on their team mates.
- 5 minutes of light jog to activate our body muscles.
- It is followed by 2 minutes of stretching.
- Total: 7 minutes.
Building From Back Tactical Midfield Rotation Session – Stage I – WARM UP
- The group will be split into 2 big groups, both repeating the drill left and right.
- MAIN: our midfield triangle will focus on rotation and passing into space. We have 3 midfielders positioned in a triangle. All other players have a ball each and tart from behind the gate. Players need to show good awareness running with the ball, before playing a quick one-two combination with one of the 3 midfielders. The midfielders will rotate after each pass. Once the midfielder bounces the ball back (1 or 2 touches), the players with the ball will run at speed towards the half way line, where they turn and run back to the starting gate.
- We play 3v1 in midfield where 1 player will add passive pressure on the ball by tracking the run, using his middle cone as his starting point.
- We add an extra passive defender in midfield triangle.
- The 2 red opponents will track the run of 2 midfielders, leaving your third midfielder open. Try to reach the advanced midfielder with a pass and one-two combination.
- Total: 25-35 minutes.
Building From Back Tactical Midfield Rotation Session – Stage II – SMALL SIDED ACTIVITY
- We implement pressure from the opponent, direction to goal and transition from attack to defense.
- The game is played with 4 players and a goalkeeper against 2 pressuring opponents. The defenders in possession play 2v1 in the lower half of the field, and 2v1 in midfield. The objective is to keep rotating midfielders when the pass is not available, until the right timing to play the penetrating pass.
- PROGRESSION: add an extra third pressuring player in the lower half of the field. Goalkeeper and 2 defenders will try to connect with the midfielders.
- Total: 20-25 minutes.
Building From Back Tactical Midfield Rotation Session – Stage III – EXPANDED SMALL SIDED ACTIVITY
- We require a slightly bigger field with 3 groups total 5v5 all the way up to 9v9, and we have at least 1 big goal with a goalkeeper.
- Offside rule applies.
- Goalkeeper + 4 defenders + 3 midfielders play against the 4 (or 5) pressuring opponents
- PROGRESSION: limit touches for defenders and midfielders.
- Total: 15-25 minutes.
Building From Back Tactical Midfield Rotation Session – Stage IV – FULL GAME
- Every players will be included in the full game.
- All rules apply as during a regular league game.
- Players try to implement the lessons learned from practice.
- We play a full game with all players involved.
- Total: 15-25 minutes.
- After the game, we need to cool down by a group stretching session.
Building From Back Tactical Midfield Rotation Session – Coach Kevin Van Vreckem
Coach Kevin is part of the Boynton Knights FC Academy Program, who are partnered with Boca United Football Club.
They are operating under United Soccer Development Academy (USDA) as South Florida Football Academy.
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Coach Kevin Van Vreckem
USSF National “D” License (2017)
Phone: (561) 654-0485