Football/Soccer Session (First Team): Individual/Small Group Defending Principles

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Elliott Spruell, Adult Member

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Elliott Spruell
Name: Elliott Spruell
City: Fullerton
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 12 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm Up

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm Up
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Warm Up

Organization:

Activity:

Using cones or dummies, work on the approach of the first defender.

Variations:

-Coach can dictate which direction the first defender is to force the play.

-2nd defender can dictate which direction the first defender to force the play.

-2nd defender can get involved as the cover defender

Coaching Points:

-Angle of approach

-Speed of approach

-Body Posture


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Individual and Small Group Defending

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Individual and Small Group Defending

Organization:

Field Size - 15 yds x 15 yds with two small corner goals.

Activity:

1 vs. 1 defending. Defender plays ball to attacker, follows pass and plays 1 vs. 1 soccer. If they win the ball, the immediately attack.

Variations

2 vs. 2 soccer

Coaching points:

-Absorb an attacker running at you and force them away from the goal.

-Low center of gravity; staggered stance; eyes on ball only; feet moving with weight slightly forward; establish good pressuring distance.

-Do not allow the 1st attacker to turn whenever possible.

-When defending in small groups or bigger, communicate: "my ball" - "force towards me" - "force outside" - "contain" - "close" - "step" etc.

-When ball is won, turn defense into immediate offense.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 2 vs. 2 + 1 vs. 2 vs. 2 + 1

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2 vs. 2 + 1 vs. 2 vs. 2 + 1

Organization:

2v2+1 vs 2v2+1 - 2 zone game (4 goal game). Field size - 40x30 yds

Coaching Points:

-Communication

-Good individual defending

-Keep shape, dont chase into teammates zone...pass players on when possible

-Create instant offense after losing the ball


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 5 vs. 5 - 2

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5 vs. 5 - 2

Organization:

1/2 field-44 x 60 yards. Each team has 5 players.

Activity:

Train the midfield (3) to defend in a shape and look for opportunities to win balls and counter attack. Each team has 5 players. However the team with the ball has all 5 and the team defending can use only 3 with the other two players dropping off to a line below the defensive 1/3 of of the field. When ball is won, the 3 can counter-attack if its on or they can play back to their keeper or two out of game players to come forward as a five, while the defending team drops two players.

Coaching Points:

-Communication

-When ball is central, the shape should be a triangle or pie-shaped

-When the ball is wide, the shape in the midfield should be a diagonal

-When the ball is won, a quick decision on whether a counter against the 5 is on or not...if not, then bring in the additional two.


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