Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Defending in wide areas

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Sarah Fawcett, Young Member

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Sarah  Fawcett
Name: Sarah Fawcett
City: Leeds
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 1 points
Membership: Young Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

U16 Competive Team

Developing Understanding of how to defend when in wide areas.

Long term task-orientaated goals

1. Players understand how to defend in 2 v 1, 1 v 1 , 2 v 2 and 1 v 2

2. The role of #7 / #11 and #2 / #3

Duration of Field Session: 1 hour 30 

Number of players: 16

Equipment: balls, 3 sets of pinnies, 1 large goal, cones, first aid kit, whiteboard and pen

Area size: 2/3 pitch and full width

Facitity: Turf field, Middle school

Role of Assistant Coach: ball feeder, time keeper, assisting with coaching points and interaction


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical warm up activity

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Learning Objectives

Technical Technical
defending start and body position, jockeying,
Technical Tactical
pressure, cover
Technical Physical
muscle strangthening, perception, awareness
Technical Psychological
discipline, concentration, decision making,
Technical Social
communication as a unit, teamwork

Technical warm up activity (10 mins)

Intensity: low

Set up:

-channels 10 x 15 yards

- 1 v 1 in each channel

Activitiy:

-ball is played by bottom player to attacker. Once they have played the ball they follow pass, approach attacker and defend. Defender is passive at first to develop shadowing technique then becomes live. Ensure players are rotating positions every 3 turns.

- to score dribble ball past opposite end line.

Progression:

- 2 v 1

- 2 v 2

Coaching Points:

- control speed of approach

- angle of approach

- body position - knees bent, weight forward, side on, side on keep the feet moving while jockeying

- distance from attacker

- eyes on the ball at all times


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Small group activity

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Small group activity
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Learning Objectives

Technical Technical
defending start and body position, jockeying,
Technical Tactical
pressure, cover, support
Technical Physical
muscle strangthening, perception, awareness
Technical Psychological
discipline, concentration, decision making,
Technical Social
communication as a unit, teamwork

Small group activity (30 mins)

Intensity: low

Set up:

-channels 15 x 20 yards

- 2 v 1 in channel

Activitiy:

-ball is played by bottom player (defender) to attackers. Once they have played the ball they follow pass, approach attackers and defend. Defender looks to win ball and dribble over end line.

- attackers also score by dribbling ball or passing ball over opposite end line.

Progression:

- rotate positions

- progress to 2 v 2

Coaching Points:

2 v1

- Pressing the ball

When? - Why? - How?

- Deny passing option

2 v 2

-as above

Supporting the press

- Marking spaces

- Marking opponents

- Who? - How?


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Phase of play

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Phase of play
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Learning Objectives

Technical Technical
defending start and body position, jockeying,
Technical Tactical
pressure, cover, support, compactness, control and restraint
Technical Physical
muscle strangthening, perception, awareness
Technical Psychological
discipline, concentration, decision making,
Technical Social
communication as a unit, teamwork

Phase of play (30 mins)

ntensity: Low

Intervals: 6 minute work + 2 min rest x 3 sets

Set up:

- Area: 2/3 pitch and full width

- 7 reds plus GK vs 7 blues plus target player

Activity:

- Blues looking to score in big goal

- Reds look to make 5 consecutive passes to score or make a successful pass to target player.

- Reds counter to score by playing ball to target player (green)

-Target player to recycle ball back into the attacking team

Progressions:

- perform the starting points on both side of the field

- change specific positions

Start Positions:

- Blues allowed to play an unpressured pass wide to a wing player.

- Red 11 over hits pass to red 8 and blue plays out

- Red 8 plays out to red 7 with blue intercepting pass and playing

Coaching points:

1. Pressing the ball

- When? - Why? - How?

- 1v1 Defending in wide areas

2. Supporting the press

- Marking spaces

- Marking opponents

- Who? - How?

3. Tracking and marking opponents

4. Defending reponsibilities in/around the penalty box


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 8 v 8 game

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Learning Objectives

Technical Technical
defending start and body position, jockeying,
Technical Tactical
pressure, cover, support, compactness, control and restraint
Technical Physical
muscle strangthening, perception, awareness
Technical Psychological
discipline, concentration, decision making,
Technical Social
communication as a unit, teamwork

8 v 8 game (25 mins)

Intensity: Low

Intervals: 10 min work x 2 min rest x 2 sets. End with freeplay

Set Up:

- 50 x 70 yards

- 2 goals

- 8 v 8

- 3-3-1 vs 2-4-1 plus GK each team

- maintain structure of the wings for red team #3/11 and #2/7

Activity:

- 8 v 8 game to goal

- normal game rules apply

Progressions:

1, change speciic positions

2. allow for freeplay

Start Position:

1. blues allowed to play unpressured pass wide to a wing player

2. freeplay

Coaching points:

1. Early Decisions

- delay the attack through early pressure or recover and regroup.

- deny forward passes

- 1 v 1 defending in wide areas

2. Pressing the ball

- When? - Why? - How?

3. Supporting the press

- Marking spaces

- Marking opponents

- Who? - How?

4. Tracking and marking opponents


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