Football/Soccer Session (U8): Defending (Start Time: 2014-11-30 21:50:00)

Club Logo

Reseller-Club: Premier Users' Club

Derek Evans, Adult Member

Profile Summary

Derek Evans
Name: Derek Evans
City: Cardiff
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 4 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Session based upon defensive principles of pressure, cover and communication


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Provide cover

See the guidance at the top of this page to understand why you are not seeing interactive Football/Soccer images.

Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Provide cover
Save Image: Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Provide cover

Provide cover (20 mins)

Organisation:

10 x 25m area (above diagram shows two areas)

Numerous players

Balls

Objective: Providing cover for a team mate against an opponent

A ball is passed to an attacker, who has to try and dribble past the defenders and stop the ball at the end line. The two defenders must work as a team to prevent the attacker from doing so, by showing them 'down the line'. The first defender challenges the attacker, the second provides the cover.

Rotate defenders and attackers after a set number of attempts

Key points the defensive team should do:

- Force the attacker down the touchlines

- Stop the attacker running forward

- Stand at a slight angle goalside of the first defender (cover player)

- Excellent communication: 'get closer' ; 'stay low; 'show them down the line'

- The cover player being in a position to be able to make a challenge if the attacker beats the first defender

'Make the attackers play predictable'

Progressions:

- Allow the passer to join in to make it 2v2. The defenders will have to communicate well to become the nearest defender and 'pressure' the attacker with the second defender providing cover.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 3 goal defend

See the guidance at the top of this page to understand why you are not seeing interactive Football/Soccer images.

Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 3 goal defend
Save Image: Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 3 goal defend

3 goal defend (20 mins)

Organisation:

30x20m area, with three goals, marked out by large cones

6 v 2 (numbers depend on group)

Balls; bibs

Objective:

The two defenders have to work as a team and stop the attacking team scoring in any of the three goals. Having to defend three goals allows for player to make numerous decisions and quickly cover the space and pressure the attacker with the ball.

This is a physically demanding game, so rotate defenders frequently.

Key points:

- Communication 'press the ball' ; 'I'm covering' ; 'Show him left / right'

- The nearest defender pressing the ball quickly; the second defender positioning themselves to cover effectively


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Sweeper game SSG

See the guidance at the top of this page to understand why you are not seeing interactive Football/Soccer images.

Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Sweeper game SSG
Save Image: Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Sweeper game SSG

Sweeper game SSG (30 mins)

Organisation:

20 x 30m area, with 2 goals at each end.

An area marked out with cones for the 'sweeper' area

4 v 4 players

Objective: To demonstrate the use of the 'sweeper' to communicate to his team mates about who to apply the pressure; who should provide cover; and who should provide balance.

Rules:

Normal 4 v 4 game, but the 'sweeper' must remain in their 'area' and communicate to their team mates to give defensive advice.

Key points:

- The 'sweeper' must continually be on the move to block any attackers from scoring

- Give advice constantly to every player

Progressions:

Use one 'sweeper' to create a 4v3 situation in the middle area and use the coach to feed balls into the the team with 4 in order to create an overload situation and create a 1v1 against the 'sweeper'


Arrow Large Line Straight 2px Arrow Medium Right
Movement
Arrow Large Line Straight 2px Arrow Medium Right
Pass
Arrow Large Line Straight 2px Arrow Medium Right
Pitch Line 2
To link this page so that even non-Members can see it, copy paste this URL