Football/Soccer Session (Mixed age): TNB U13 Girls - Defensive Principles

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Pro-Club: Alberta Soccer Association

Richard Adams, Adult Member

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Richard Adams
Name: Richard Adams
City: Edmonton
Country: Canada
Rank: Elite – 0 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

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Focus for the weekend - 5 defending principles

Covered over 2 sessions, 10-12 players in a small area, station work.

The five defensive principles are delay, depth, balance, concentration and composure/discipline/patience


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Morning Session

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Morning Session
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Morning Session (20 mins)

Morning Session - 1v1 & 2v2 with Targets

Setup

- Create a narrow 20x10 channel for 1v1s. Make as many grids as necessary (5 grids for 10 players)

-Defending player plays a ball into the attacking player who has five seconds to reach the other side of the grid

Coaching Points

- The role of the first defender is to DELAY (1st defending principle). They need to pressure the attacker with the ball to reduce the time and space of the attacker to prevent the ball being played forward. The defender needs to get there FAST and as they approach they need to SLOW DOWN (1-3 yds from attacker). They then need to GET DOWN, get on the toes of the feet, not flat footed and then ANGLE the attacker the direction the DFENDER wants them to go (weaker foot, away from goal, etc.)

Progression:

-Combine two grids to become 2v2s

-Defending team plays the ball into either attacker

-A point is scored when the defending team wins the ball while keeping possesion. Switch the defending/attacking teams after two minutes

- Worth two points if the defending team wins the ball and is able to drible across the attacking line.

Coaching Points:

- The role of the second defender is to provide DEPTH in support (the 2nd defending principle). They need to cover and support the first defender quickly. Defensive support is generally much tighter than attacking support.

- The role of the second defender is to also provide BALANCE (the 3rd defending principle). In order to cancel the threat of mobility provided by the offense, balance is required by the defending team to retain defensive shape. The location of the second attacker and the direction the first defender is forcing the atatcker will help determine where you go to support and balance.

The supporting defender(s) should be in constant communication with the 1st defender, letting them know of any dangers, or options that the 1st defender is unaware of.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Afternoon Session

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Afternoon Session (20 mins)

Afternoon Session - 1v0, 1v1, 2v1, 2v2, 3v2

Equipment needed: 2 teams, Lots balls, pylons, 2 nets. Setup as per diagram

Description: Focusing again on the defensive principles covered in the morning, plays starts off with a 1v1 and progresses quickly into a 2v1 than 2v2 than 3v2 and 3v3 and stops there (due to size restriction)

The forth defending principle will be vitaly important in this drill and its, CONCENTRATION. The movement of players to concentrate into an area of the field vunerable to scoring opportunities. Most teams generally drop on loss of possession and recover towards their own goal. Players should make runs back towards their own goal and goal side of the ball if desired.

Setup:

1 - Defender (white) plays a cross in the air to the attacker (Blue) and a 1v1 ensues. Remember: FAST, SLOW, GET DOWN, ANGLE.

2 - As soon as the 1v1 is over than White brings another ball in creating a 2v1 against the original blue attacker. The lone defender needs to CLIQUE quickly and DELAY to prevent the ball from being played forward quickly

3 - 2 additional blue players bring ball in and join first blue player for a 3 v 2 against the first two whites. Defending players need to be PATIENT and DISCIPLINE (5th defending principle) and assess the risk involved in challenging for the ball. A well structured defending line can quickly become disorganzied with one rash challenge. Players need to exercise control and restraint and re-adjust their shape to changing scenarios. Players also need to be alert to their surroundings at all times (switched on!).

4- One white player brings in a final ball creating a 3 v 3 SSG. Teams take turn to start excercise. If the defending team steals/ tackle rotation carrier on and can score.


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