Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Defending as a unit

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Tony Mee, Adult Member

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Tony Mee
Name: Tony Mee
City: Doncaster
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 26 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Screen 1

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Screen 1 (15 mins)

Description - Defending as a Unit. The idea is for the teams of 4 to play into the target players. Opposition to try and intercept. Players are restricted to their own areas to start with.

Technical - close down the space as much as allowed.

Tactical - try to prevent the penetrating pass. Players away from the ball the shuffle across and back. "Can you see the number on the back of the next player's shirt"?

Physical - quick and agile defensive movements.

Psychological/Social - teamwork, communication.

Learning Objectives - to improve individual defending (closing down space).

to improve defending as a unit (pressure, cover & balance).


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Screen 2

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Screen 2 (15 mins)

Description - remove the half way line. Players must now stay in their "lanes" but can increase pressure on the ball.

Technical - close down the space quickly. Try to "force" play in one direction.

Tactical - position of covering players. Try to intercept.

Physical - match specific movements and pace. Tackling.

Psychological/Social - Decision making, when to press and when to hold, "can I intercept?", "where do I want them to play?" Communication.

Learning Objectives - to try to make play predictable.

to learn when to attempt to intercept and when to pressure.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Screen 3

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Screen 3 (15 mins)

Description - target players go onto one touch and try to play 1-2s.

Technical - defenders need to decide whether to chase the pass or track the runner.

Tactical - who cuts off the second pass?

Physical - short, sharp movements. Quick turns.

Psychological/Social - decision making.

Learning Objectives - to develop an understanding of when to follow the ball and when to stay with the player.


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