The 11th in our series of the favorite exercises of college coaches comes from Brian Copham. Coach Copham is the head women’s soccer coach at Jacksonville University. Prior to JU, he spent nine years as an assistant at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He has attained the USSF A license and the following is his favorite activity:
Two teams of 8.
Split into 4’s.
Field: 25yds wide by 32 long. Field is split into 1/4s (8 yard sections)
4 green in section 1 and 3
4 gold in section 2 and 4
Teams must stay in their grid.
Coach starts with ball at middle and plays it in to one team.
Ball must never stop moving.
Team with ball plays 2 touch, looking for an opportunity to play to their teammates (the other group of 4).
The defensive team between the two must move and shift to not allow team to connect the pass through them.
Offensive team gets a point for every split.
If defensive team stops/wins ball as it is played through their grid, they then try to connect with their teammates.
Prepared to receive/play ball
Looking to attack
Quick ball movement to catch Defense shifting
Cut passing lanes
Closest to ball -pressure (close to line to cut angle as much as possible)
Must move as ball moves to cut lanes of play.
Play for a time then switch grids with teammates (1 to 3 and 2to 4)
As teams get hang of it, you can allow 1 defender into the opposing teams grid to pressure or win ball.
This will force attacking players to be on their toes because they can be dispossessed in their own grid.
Only one defender can be in at a time.
Defenders must choose wisely when to step into grid. If they go to early or reckless they will be wall passed or just passed through the whole they left.
Also, if you want to make it more difficult for attackers, they can play 1 touch.