Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): 1v1, 2v2 defending

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Andy King
Name: Andy King
City: Toronto
Country: Canada
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Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Defensive Movements

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Defensive Movements
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Defensive Movements (15 mins)

Set Up:

As shown, players make their way from bottom to top then reverse coming from top to bottom.

Instructions:

1- Approach cone (attacker), pause for a second & move on diagonally to the next

2- Talk about acceleration & deceleration, get to attacker quickly & slow down a few steps away

3- Body position - low, side on, lead leg accompanied by same arm

4- In fast, slow, back up (pivot) & go (use arm when pivoting, left leg, left arm etc)

5- Add 'Spook' after back off - try to scare the attacker into a bad decision allowing defender to win ball

6- Add 'Squeeze', after 3rd cone, squeeze out as the attacking team play a negative pass

7- Add 'Drop' as if attacking team play down a channel, recovery run

8- Add 2nd defender, 'support'. 1st player presses, 2nd shows supporting position then vice versa when moving diagonally to next cone. Talk about communication - "I'll press" "Send him outside"etc


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 1v1/2v2 Defending Functions

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1v1/2v2 Defending Functions (20 mins)

Set Up:

Area is split into 3 sections. The wide areas are 1v1 zones for full backs vs wide players. The central zone is 2v2.

Instructions:

In wide areas, attacker (white) plays to defender, defender 'gives ball away' to attacker & we go live 1v1. Attacker can score by scoring in the mini goal or by getting past defender & producing a cross. Defender scores by passing ball to other attacker waiting.

Centrally, sequnce begins in the same way, now we go 2v2 to goal.

Coaching Points:

1v1 in wide areas:

- Prevent pass into striker centrally (represented by the shot into mini goal)

- Always force player wide (look at body position)

- Can defender engage attacker & win ball - get bum/body/arm across attacker when possible to gain possession

- Maximum success afforded attacker is a crossed ball, never let the central pass happen.

2v2 centrally

- Closest player always closes ball down to delay

- 2nd defender supports, communicates

- If ball is passed, defenders switch roles with initial defender recovering (don't let attacker see your number)

- Always force wide


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