Football/Soccer Session (Beginner): Defending for 8yr olds

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Frank Greenawalt
Name: Frank Greenawalt
City: Riverside
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 20 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Screen 1

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Technical Warm Up (25min)

juggling 50 touches right, 50 touches left, 50 touches with head (5min)

Fast footwork (1min each) toe touches, bells, stationary scissors, stationary step-overs (5min)

Queen of the hill (5min) All players dribble, on coaches command they try to get other peoplles' balls out while keeping theirs under control. Last player standing wins the game

Cp's- keep your ball under control, be aware of other players, how much space and time do you have


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Small sided activity

Crossing the river

Orange players must dribble across the middle line across to the other side of the grid on coach's command. Yello player must execute defensive principles. Players that get ball taken away become defenders. Defenders must work in groups of 2's

Cp's- Angle of approach (if dribblers are right footed, defend with the left leg forward), Immediate pressure, stern tackles, communicate with each other, pressure and cover


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Expanded small sided Activity

1 v 1s, 2v1's and 3v2's - Low numbers start with the ball

Cp's- 1v1-Angle of approach, immediate pressure, stern tackles

2v1's-Communicate, pressure and cover, stay connected

3v2's-Communicate, pressure, cover, balance, stay compact, If the ball is on the side the players should be on a slight diagonal line, if the ball is central the players should form a triangle.


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Final Activity

4 v 2 and full numbers

yellow takes a shot. If keeper saves it, she plays into orange. Yellow must defend as group and try to score

Progression- Play full numbers to big goals

Cp's-Give the teams a defensive topic (ex.-win the ball on the attacking half), communicate, stay compact, work as a unit


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