Football/Soccer Session (U18): (Pro Dev) Defensive Balance & Compactness

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Alex Sabatini
Name: Alex Sabatini
City: kleinburg
Country: Canada
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Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Defensie Balance & Compactness

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Defensie Balance & Compactness
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Defensie Balance & Compactness

Defensive Balance & Compactness

Practice organisation

-Area 30x15yds, divided into 2 grids of equal size, as illustrated.

-8 Players (incl. 2 Target players), 1 ball.

-Players arranged 2v1 in each grid, with T’s at each end of practice area.

-Practice starts with: T feeds ball into team mates, who are not allowed to rebound ball back.

-Defender presses ball & is supported by a team mate from opposite geid, to increase defensive numbers

-Team in possession look to retain ball, transfer possession forwards to support player, looking to receive, turn & supply T player at opposite end.

Detail

-Rotate players frequently to retain defensive intensity.

-Speed & angle of approach.

-Mental concentration & alertness.

-When pressing: body shape; head still; see ball; good balance & footwork

-See man & ball

-Block stance in front of ball & blocking with correct foot.

-Composure & no fouling

-Defensive support from players behind: where, when & how to press & mark.

-Simple progressions for this practice are:

-- Introduce additional box in middle with 4 extra players, organised 2v2.

-- T’s can pass anywhere into practice area

Key Coaching Points

-Where, when & how to initially press ball.

-Quick support from supporting D’s to pressurise.

-Communication & adjustment to positions in relation to ball

-Looking interceptions

-Forcing errors from the man on ball.


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