Football/Soccer Session (U14): Defending the Penetrating Pass

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Am-Club: Glen Shields Football Club

David Benning, Adult Member

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David Benning
Name: David Benning
City: Toronto
Country: Canada
Rank: Elite – 1 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Preventing the Forward Pass

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Preventing the Forward Pass

Preventing the Forward Pass

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Organization:

The size of the field is dependent on the age of the players as well as their playing ability. In this example the field of play is 40 x 20yds. The field is divided in 3 equal thirds. 2 Goalkeepers and 2 teams of 4

Starting Point:

No players can enter from one zone into another (Stay in your designated zone). One team is the defensive team with 3 players playing in the neutral zone and one defender in the D1/3. Play begins with the GK in the D1/3 with no defenders ('A'). No passes can be played higher than waist height. If the ball goes out of play, restart from the closest GK's possession.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Preventing the Forward Pass

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Preventing the Forward Pass

Preventing the Forward Pass

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Play:

The object of the game is for players 'A' to prevent players 'B' from passing the ball through the defensive line in the M1/3 to Players 'C' in the A1/3. Players 'A' are encouraged to organize themselves to be compact from side to side and end to end to not allow passes behind them nor between them. Force passes across the field until they can prevent forward passes by intercepting them. Defenders are to work on who 'pressures' who 'supports' who 'covers'. Early pass recognition and communication is the key to successful blocking and interception.

If players 'B' are successful then players 'C' can score. If the defenders win possession then they are encouraged to shoot at the goal from which the play started from. Play can also begin from the GK which has a defender in the D1/3. (More pressure to play the ball forward faster)

Coaching Points:

Have the defenders organize quickly and have their feet set first. Get between the ball and the goal (Angle, Distance, Timing)

Read the body language of the player in possession: Ball under/out of feet; Head up/down; Open/closed Body; Speed to be proactive not reactive; mental concentration on working as a unit not as an individual.

Communicate to be organized, who takes responsibility to pressure and how do the others narrow the space.

As a licensed coach think of how you can progress this session and make it your own. What conditions can be removed or added to make this session even more realistic? Can this be adjusted to be played in a Small-Sided Game?


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Movement

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Custom Movement

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Pass

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Pitch Line 1

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Pitch Line 3

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