Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Team Defending and Pressing - U11 and U12

Profile Summary

Craig Birtwistle Continental F.C
Name: Craig Birtwistle Continental F.C
City: Philadelphia
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 2 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm-up

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm-up
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Warm-up (10 mins)

Set up

5v3 (+4)

Organization

Coach picks 3 players to be defenders, 5 players to be attackers and 4 players to be corner players. Ball starts with white. Whites aim is to make 4 passes and then pass to the outside Yellow players to score a point (Players in corner should be the same color as team of 5 in the middle). If successful the four corner players switch with 4 in the middle (1 player will remain). Black teams aim is to win the ball and pass to a corner player. If successful then the 3 black team players can swap pinnies with anyone they choose.

Coaching Points

Encourage defending / pressing as a team. Encourage speed in tranisition especially if white loses possession. Can they win it back before the black can penetrate.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 5v3 - Preventing Penetration

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5v3 - Preventing Penetration (20 mins)

Set up

Two 35x25 fields as shown.

Organization

Play 5v3 (+3). White start with the ball against 3 defenders. White's aim is to break out of the square into the second field. Black's aim is to win the ball and counter to the two small goals. If black scores they get to switch out of defense (with the exception of one player). If white can get through both fields they stay as attackers. There is no pass restriction they just can not score for field one.

Coaching Points

Pressure, cover, balance - stay connected, angle of support, knowing when to delay to allow team mates to recover in transition,


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 3v3 +1

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3v3 +1 (20 mins)

Set up

35 x 30 grid with 4 goals in corner as shown.

Organization

Teams play 3v3. Defending team must prevent the team from scoring by defending as a team and staying connected through pressure (first defender) cover (2nd defender) and balance (third defender). Points are awarded for scoring in the goals.

Progressions

Add in an extra neural play to make it 5v3 - increases importance of team defending

Coaching Points

Pressure, cover, balance - stay connected, angle of support, knowing when to delay to allow team mates to recover in transition,


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 6 Goal Game

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6 Goal Game (20 mins)

Set Up

45x35 grid with 6 goals as shown

Organization

Teams now play 5v5 working defending 3 goals

Coaching Points

Prevent penetration, stay connected as a defensive unit, recover behind the ball in transition upon losing possession.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Game

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Game (20 mins)

Set up

Field 40 X 30 with regular goals as shown.

Organization

Teams will play 5 v 5 including Goalkeepers. Regular scrimmage game with emphasis on pthe defensive side of the game. Allow game to be free play but enforce coaching points of the day.

Coaching Points

All of points portrayed throughout the session should be enforced in a game situation.


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