Football/Soccer Session (U16): Defending Against Direct Play & Transitions

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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

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Possession to Penetrate

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Possession to Penetrate
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Possession to Penetrate (20 mins)

Attack Building

Both teams attempt to score by passing to a team mate making a run into the shaded zone.

If a player runs into the shaded zone without the ball, a 3 second rule applies (get out within 3 seconds).


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Defending the Counter

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Defending the Counter (20 mins)

Defending the Counter

To initiate the Counter, the coach plays a ball in to one of the blues.

In this example, Red 1 presses to prevent forward play from the blues, whilst Red 2 applies pressure from the "wrong" side to try to force a mistake. Red 3 narrows off to make the defence compact whilst Red 4 makes a recovery run beyond the ball. Red 5 is defending the space behind in case the Blues play direct.

Progression - allow the teams to score by running or passing the ball into the shaded zone.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Game Scenario

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Game Scenario (20 mins)

The final part of the practice adds in the Goalkeeper and a goal. The principles of play remain the same, with the coaches initiating Counter Attacking situations if they don't occur organically in the session.

Teams switch roles after a set period.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Defending Against Direct Play

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Defending Against Direct Play (20 mins)

Organisation

Area is approximately 60 x 40.

Players arranged as shown.

No one is allowed in the horizontal shaded area until the ball has been played by a striker.

How to Play

Orange team move the ball around and can be challenged in the wide vertical zones.

The ball can be played into the strikers at any time.

If the defenders win the ball, try to drive into the shaded area and pass into the mini-goals.

Possible Coaching Points

Speed to close down wide players.

Adjustment of shape of remaining defenders.

Straight balls into strikers - defend the inside shoulder, force a backwards touch/pass.

Interceptions.

Defensive headers from crosses.


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Movement
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Pass
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