Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): ASE G03 Emerald - Improve individual and small group defending in midfield

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Justin Almquist
Name: Justin Almquist
City: Richland
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 2 points
Membership: Young Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Objectives:

1) Improve technique of defender to step in front of attacker to win space (and ball)

2) Improve spacing of defenders to deny split passes


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): WU

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WU (20 mins)

Setup:

Grids for 1v1->3v3 (10x8)

1) Tag in 10x8

a) 1 defender (get on surfboard and push player into corner)

b) 2 defenders (pressure/cover)

2) Win space game:

Two lines next to each other (8 yards apart). Coach roles ball out and players compete to win space (not allowed to touch the ball)

3) Drop step + step in front technique:

Two lines opposite each other: defender runs out to high five attacker (no ball). Defender back pedals and attacker makes move to run around defender who steps in front to race back to line.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 1v1 - step in front to win ball

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1v1 - step in front to win ball (20 mins)

Setup:

10x8 grids

Another line (use flat discs) 2-3 yards from endline

Activity:

Defender dribbles out, makes pass to attacker, sprints to high-five attacker, then backpedals as attacker dribbles into grid.

Defender not allowed to steal ball until past line.

Score by dribbling across line OR defensively stepping in front to win ball and play back to next defensive player.

Coaching Points:

+ Get on surfboard

+ Match attackers speed backward

+ Step in front with near foot to win space


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 2v2 - step in front

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2v2 - step in front (20 mins)

Setup:

20x16 grids

2 teams

Activity:

Similar to 1v1. Dribble out and pass to attackers, nearest defender will press.

1) Have attackers pass sideways a few times so defenders can practice dropping/stepping instead of chasing ball.

2) Compete:

Score by dribbling ball across line OR defender steps in front to win space (and ball) and plays back to next group.

Coaching Points:

+ Surfboard when pressuring: tackle if they cut back, step in front if they run into open space

+ Defenders do NOT cross


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 3v3 flying changes after winning ball

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3v3 flying changes after winning ball (20 mins)

Setup:

2 teams

24x24 grid

Activity:

Team in possession tries to score by dribbling across line.

Defensive team can score by winning ball and playing back to next group (i.e. winning possession and playing backwards). Has to be passed back by player that won possession.

Coaching Points:

+ Individual defending (match speed, surfboard, step in front)

+ Physical defending - body contact

+ Group defending shape: when ball is center, middle defender steps up and other step in (triangle)


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 5v5 Dynasty

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5v5 Dynasty (20 mins)

Setup:

50x40 grid

3 teams of 5

No goals

Activity:

Attacking team scores by dribbling across line.

3rd team acts as bumpers for team in possession: Can be used for support play after winning possession (step in front to win space and then play backward to bumper) OR can be used as target for attacking team to play split passes into and lay off.

Coaching Points:

+ Individual tackling (win space)

+ Defensive shape to take away split passes

Coaching Points:


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 4v4 pass lanes

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4v4 pass lanes (20 mins)

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