Football/Soccer Session (U16): Phase of Play - defending against crosses

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John Evans
Name: John Evans
City: Middlewich
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 2 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

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Organisation (8 v 7)  Work with defending team (D's) in a 3-2-1 formation, plus GK.  

Attacking team line up in a 3-3-2 formation in order to be able to exploit wide areas and get crosses in.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Start 1

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Start 1 (15 mins)

Start Position 1

- A1 plays ball to A2 (or A3) who then combine with the rest of the attacking team.

 Encourage the Attackers to try attack using the wings to create as many opportunities as possible for the defending team to defend the wide defensive third.

 Get attacking team to alternate wings.

 If defending team win the ball back, they have five touches as a team to try and score through the mini goals (cones).

 KEY FACTORS

- As a coach, affect the thinking of the full back:

- speed of approach

- angle of approach

- show him outside to isolate him (unless winger is particularly quick or tricky, in which case show him inside where others can help).

- concentrate on the ball

- feint to tackle - get the winger's head down

- stay on your feet

- try to preven crosses

- watch overlaps

Coaching centre backs for the cross

- be first to the ball (determination)

- no free headers (take responsibility)

- clear (Long / High / Wide)

- communication - name on the ball, squeeze up as ball is cleared.

Cover positions

- nearest player (centre back) moves across to cover full back and to mark attacking centre forwards.

- Other players at the back shuffle across to close the gap (eg D3 moves across) but always be ready for switch to other winger.

- Support depends on full back's body shape. Is he showing the attacker inside or outside?

- Goalkeeper sweeps up behind

- Defending midfielders make compact and watch midfield runners.

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

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Start 2 (10 mins)

Start Position 2

Midfielder A1 passes to A4 who plays ball wide to A5 for a cross. Possibly A3 is doing an overlapping run so A5 would pass to A3 for A3 to send in the cross.

D2 drops to attack the ball.

A8 moves in to 2nd 6 yard bax to attack the cross.


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