Football/Soccer Session (U13): Zonal back 4

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Carwyn Edwards, Adult Member

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Carwyn Edwards
Name: Carwyn Edwards
City: Porthmadog
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 0 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

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Defending with a Zonal Back 4

DRILL - SSG


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

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warm up (15 mins)

Warm up includes ball manipulation, game related movements with dynamic stretching-Then light static stretching


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Drill

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Drill (20 mins)

Drill (15 mins)

Key Factors

1st Defender close ball quickly

2nd Defender(s) narrow support with depth

Defender(s) away from ball provide balance and stay compact

Concentration

Balance

Support - Angles and distance

Communication

Organisation

Players locked into 6x6 grids

Blues start with possession (served in by GK)

1 point for 3 switches between 2 banks of 4.

If Reds win ball play is reversed.

N.B. Coach only the Red Back 4

Progression 1 - Team in possession can only score a point with passes through and not around the bank of 4.

Progression 2 - Full Backs can now enter next box.

Progression 3 - All DF can move across zone.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SSG

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SSG (20 mins)

SSG (15 mins)

Key Factors -

Starting positions - As a unit and individually. Ensure the distances between the unit are maintained with communication.

Compactness - Between the unit including the GK, squeezing up to close the gap between the midfield unit.

Movement of defensive unit - Relevant to the position of the ball. If the FB has to press the opposing wide player to stop a cross, then every player in the unit will shift across to keep the correct distances. The nearest CB will take up a position in front of the near post, 2nd CB in the middle of the goal, and the other FB will need to tucked in at the back post.

Other Factors - 1v1 defending, body position, which way to show the attacker. Press and cover, expect the worse, be ready to cover your team mates mistakes. If outnumbered delay/deny/direct.

Organisation -

SSG, 9v9 (inc. GK's).

Red team 4-2-2 and Blue team 2-4-2

The objective for both teams is to score, Red team have 8 seconds to score a goal when in possession to encourage more attacking play and possession for the Blues.

No throw-ins/corners/goal kicks - play restarts from relevant GK (e.g., reds play it out, re-start from blue GK)

2 cones on the outside of the pitch to give starting point for the back four when the opposition GK has the ball.

Progression

Condition the attacking team (blue team) they are only allowed to score from a cross to ensure that the defending team (red team) have to defend crosses. It also challenges them to get their distances correct if the FB has been forced to leave his zone and close down a cross. The other defenders in the unit have to react appropriately and then defend the cross well.

Reds Positioning when ball is played into Blue RM

#3- Presses the ball

#4-covers the front post (betwwen the 6yd box line and the GK

#5-Centre of the goal (positioned with open body to see the oncoming attacker/marker)

#2-Covers across to the back post area (around the end of 6yd box line)


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): cool down

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cool down (5 mins)

Low intensity cool-down


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