Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Defending headers with Central defenders

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David Barbier, Adult Member

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David Barbier
Name: David Barbier
City: Stittsville
Country: Canada
Rank: Elite – 2 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): OSA 4 phases of a warm-up

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OSA 4 phases of a warm-up (25 mins)

OSA 4 phases of a warm-up (more detail for each on other document)

Phase 1 Continuous movement 5-7 minutes

Phase 2 Dynamic Range of Motion 3-5 minutes

Phase 3 Neural Prep 5-10 minutes

Phase 4 Technical Preparation As much or little time as you see fit to build into your session or game


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Defending headers with Central defenders Progression

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Defending headers with Central defenders Progression (5 mins)

Defending headers with Central defenders

Player 1 is the server. The server plays the ball in the air to players A and B who are on the other team as central defenders.

Defenders A and B are working on their positioning to defend the ball coming in. Defenders should be looking to head the ball high and to the sides of the pitch

Coaching points

Key Factors - Defending Headers

1-Eyes Open

2-Attack the Ball

3-Part of Head (Forehead)

4-High / Wide Clearance

5-Meet Ball at Highest Point

6-One Foot Take-Off

7-Use all of your body to attack the ball

8-Clear facing forward or sideways

Key Factors - Movement

1-Don't react, act an adapt to ball - Shift, step or retreat (simple backyards or crossover/sideways)

2-Adapt to striker (s)

3-Cover each other


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Defending headers with Central defenders Progression #1

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Defending headers with Central defenders Progression #1 (5 mins)

Defending headers with Central defenders (Progression 1 and 2)

Player 1 is the server. The server plays the ball in the air to player 2 who is working against A and B from the other team as central defenders. Once the defenders are getting good success with the one striker, introduce the 2nd striker into the play.

Defenders A and B are working on their positioning to defend the ball coming in. Defenders should be looking to head the ball high and to the sides of the pitch

Coaching points

Key Factors - Defending Headers

1-Eyes Open

2-Attack the Ball

3-Part of Head (Forehead)

4-High / Wide Clearance

5-Meet Ball at Highest Point

6-One Foot Take-Off

7-Use all of your body to attack the ball

8-Clear facing forward or sideways

Key Factors - Movement

1-Don't react, act an adapt to ball - Shift, step or retreat (simple backyards or crossover/sideways)

2-Adapt to striker (s)

3-Cover each other


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Defending headers with Central defenders Progression #2

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Defending headers with Central defenders Progression #2 (5 mins)

Defending headers with Central defenders Progression 3

We now add in serves from the wings as well. Player 4 and 5 will take turns crossing from the left and players 6 and 7 will take turns crossing from the right. Player 1 will still mix in the deliveries as well.

Player 4 will pass the ball deep for player 5 to signal the movement of player 2 and 3. Same will happen on the other wing as they take turns sending balls in.

Defenders A and B are working on their positioning to defend the ball coming in. Defenders should be looking to head the ball high and to the sides of the pitch.

Coaching points

Key Factors - Defending Headers

1-Eyes Open

2-Attack the Ball

3-Part of Head (Forehead)

4-High / Wide Clearance

5-Meet Ball at Highest Point

6-One Foot Take-Off

7-Use all of your body to attack the ball

8-Clear facing forward or sideways

Key Factors - Movement

1-Don't react, act an adapt to ball - Shift, step or retreat (simple backyards or crossover/sideways)

2-Adapt to striker (s)

3-Cover each other


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Screen 5

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Screen 5 (15 mins)

Defending headers with Central defenders Progression 4

Move to a game with 6 defenders (a keeper, a flat 4 and a cm) vs 7 attackers (2 strikers, 2 wingers and 3 cm's)

Goal of the game is to have the white send the ball into the strikers in the air. Either work the ball to send one centrally or get the ball wide for crosses.

If the defense gets the ball they try to score in the mini goal at half.

Defenders working on

1) Compactness

2) Balance and shifting from side to side

Very important to have communication with the back 4 and keeper


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