Football/Soccer Session (U12): Defending - Pressure and Cover

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Brad Wolchansky , Adult Member

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Brad Wolchansky
Name: Brad Wolchansky
City: Brooklyn
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 1 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SAQ warmup

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SAQ warmup
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SAQ warmup (10 mins)

Organization:

Four stations, even teams at each station.

Instructions:

1. Sprint to cone, shuffle sideways and back, sprint down and around last cone and back to start.

2. Outside-outside-inside-inside, start with right foot. Sprint around last cone and back to start.

3. Sprint to cone, shuffle sideways and back, sprint down and around last cone and back to start.

4. Outside-outside-inside-inside, start with left foot. Sprint around last cone and back to start.

Players must high-five the next player in line before he can go. Each high-five counts for a point. Teams will do each station for a minute. Keep cumulative score for all four stations, highest score wins.

Coaching Points:

-Quick feet

-Explosive change of direction

Progressions:


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Pressure

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Pressure (15 mins)

Organization:

20x15 box, mark center line with cones. Mini-goal on one side in the corner, two groups on opposite sides, balls on side with the goal.

Instructions:

1v1 with a shot on goal. Defender starts by passing to attacker then closes space to defend. Attacker must advance ball into offensive half before attempting a shot. Goal = 1 pt. Keep team score. If defender wins possession he can dribble to opposite end-line for 1 pt. Alternate attackers/defenders.

Coaching Points:

-Close space fast at first, then slow.

-Angled approach, side-on stance.

-Force attacker away from goal or to weaker foot.

-Keep your eyes on the ball, not the man.

-Challenge with confidence!

Progressions:

Vary goal position from left to right.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Pressure and Cover

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Pressure and Cover (15 mins)

Organization:

Set up as shown. 3 teams of 4. Lots of balls.

Instructions:

Blue and Yellow team play together against Red team. All teams must stay in their area. The Blue team must pass the ball around to try and create a gap / space to get the ball through to the Yellow team. The Red team must cover and slide across to close all gaps and stop any through balls.

Option 1: Play for two minutes, count how many successful passes are made from end to end. Defending team is trying to get as *low* a score as possible. Switch defending teams every two minutes.

Option 2: If the defending team get possession of the ball they pass it to the team who did not give it away and change places with thet team that lost the ball.

Coaching Points:

1. Closest defender should close space ASAP and provide pressure

2. Angle of support to provide cover (making sure you are able to stop the penetrative pass/shot)

3. Stay compact, don't get split.

Progressions:

1. After 2 passes without passing across, Red can send one defender in to provide pressure.

2. Bonus point if you split two defenders. (So one point if you pass along the sides, two if you split the middle. This will remind defenders to stay compact and not get split.)

3. The pass across must be a one-touch pass.


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

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3 goal game (20 mins)

Organization:

4v4 or equal number of players. 3 goals each side, as shown.

Instructions:

Each team will be able to score on 3 goals, the middle one is worth 3 points, the outside two are worth 1 point. The defending team needs to have good shape in terms of pressure/cover, especially to steer the attacking team away from the more valuable center goal.

Coaching Points:

-defensive shape (triangle shape)

-angle of support from covering defender (take away the passing lane)

-distance support (can you tackle the attacker immediately if 1st defender is beaten?)

-communication (tell 1st defender where you want him to force the play)

-movement of the unit

Progressions:

-have limited touches on the ball

-10 passes can equal a point

-remove wide goals to finish session with free play


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Free Play

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Free Play (30 mins)

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Coaching Points:

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