Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Defender Training

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emily hall
Name: emily hall
City: Ventura
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 1 points
Membership: Young Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

This practice should be done at the beginning of the season to go over effective defending.  The concepts of first, second, and third defender should be covered.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Dynamic Warm up

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Dynamic Warm up (10 mins)

have two set ups, depending on your numbers


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

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1 v 1 (20 mins)

Player passes the ball from line A1 or A2 and closes the space on the offense.  The player on offense tries to penetrate the defense and get to the other side.  Players switch roles after each turn.

Coaching points:  don't dive in, close the space quickly.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 1 v 1 cont

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1 v 1 cont (20 mins)

Coach teaches the concept of first defender. Approach the ball quickly without diving in, jockey, and attempt to steal the ball or poke it away from the other player.


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

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2 v 2 (20 mins)

Coach teaches the concept of second defender, which is to cover and balance the field.

The defenders (red team) pass the ball in and play defense.  The passer plays second defender and her partner plays first defender.  Red players switch grids after every turn and after 10 mins, the two teams switch roles.

Coaching tips:  don't dive in, cover and protect the goal, communicate


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 3 v 3

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3 v 3 (20 mins)

The players play 3 v 3 on small goals. The team members need to communicate and play the roles of first, second, and third defenders. Make as many set ups as you need to depending on the number of players that you have.

Coaching tips: don't dive in, communicate, move to space, cover and balance


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 7 v 7

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7 v 7 (25 mins)

7 v 7 scrimmage with goal keepers. Players on both teams should emphasize defending concepts and communication.

variation: two touch only


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