Football/Soccer Session (U15): U16 Session 2: Defending in 2 x 4 Man Blocks - Own Half (Start Time: 2016-08-29 20:00:00)

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Paul Inns, Adult Member

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Paul Inns
Name: Paul Inns
City: Newtown
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 7 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Function

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Function
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Function (30 mins)

Organisation

Split players into two teams - 9 red (including GK) v 7 blue.

Blue team play in a 2-3-2

Progressions

Set up pitch as above - reducing width of pitch by 5 yards on each side.

Create 3 coned goals on the half way line.

Instructions

Play starts with either Blue Defender.

Blue Team attacks and tries to score on goal as the Red team works together as a unit to defend.

Offside rule applies.

If Red team gain possession, can they play the ball through either of the 3 coned goals.

Coaching Points

Both blocks of 4 must slide as necessary.

Remain compact within their block.

Dog leg.

Distance between two blocks.

Defensive technique.

Progressions

1. Increase the number of blue players to 8 by including an extra CF.

2. Increase the number of blue players to 10 - playing in a 4-4-2 formation.

3. Take away red cones to make the pitch full width - and encourage sliding of players - furthest defender away from ball in line with penalty spots and no closer - dog leg.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): What If?

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What If? (30 mins)

What if the Red team gain possession?

Example - Red 5 gains possession - what should he do?

Option 1 - pass ball back to GK - allow 3 easy passes to enable team to adopt attacking formation. Benefit - retain possession - build attack from the back - allows players to move into position.

Negative - slows plays and reduces the prospects of a counter; allows otherside to adopt defensive formation.

Option 2 - Look to move the ball quickly to RB/LB.

Benefit - opponents may not have time to react and adopt defensive formation - which means they may be vulnerable to the counter attack.

Negative - unless all players react together, we may not be able to counter in sufficient numbers to create a true counter attack and thus be at risk of losing possession; We risk being stretched in the event that possession is lost - and vulnerable to the counter ourselves.

Coaching Points

1. Decision making of player in possession is key. If players around him react sufficiently quickly, a counter may be an option. If not, seek to retain possession by adopting the 3 easy pass approach, to allow players time to change into an attacking formation.

2. Players must react as soon as we gain possession. Red 2 and Red 3 must go wide. Red 7, 11 and 8 must adopt a more attack minded position.

SEE ABOVE - if Red 2 can make a determined run, a counter may be on. Otherwise, play safe, back to GK and build up play from the back.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SSG

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SSG

Organisation

Split players into two teams - 10 Red (4-2-3) v 9 Blue (3-3-3).

Play to commence from either GK, with both teams trying to score as usual.

Set up pitch as above, marking blue lines as indicated.

Instructions

When Red team have possession, adopt attacking formation;

Once possession is lost, can they transition to a defensive formation in two blocks.

When defending, coach will call out the line to be held initially - 1,2 or 3. Back 4 must seek to protect that line. CB to take responsibility for one word commands - Up, Out, Slide, Hold, Drop. Both lines must react together.

Coaching Points

1. Good communication - must all work together - zonal and man to man - passing on the player as required.

2. Transition from Attacking to Defending

3. Transition from Defending to Attacking

4. Good decision making - when using one word commands

5. Good decision making when gaining possession - counter or keep possession? 3 easy passes or quick pass out? Back through GK? What will influence our decision making? How high up the pitch we are. The positioning of our opponents. The positioning of our own players.

Effect 6 & 8 - still within width of penalty area, even when sliding across;

Effect GK - play as a sweeper when the ball is high up the pitch.

Effect 2 & 7 never further than penalty spot.

Effect two blocks - distance between the two blocks.

Effect each block - keep compact - dog leg when the ball is wide.

Effect 2 & 3 - looking to sprint into space as soon as ball is won;

Effect 7 & 11 - do we need to provide cover in the event of either 2 or 3 sprinting out?

Effect 10 - press defender in possession - a hurried pass under pressure may result in us gaining possession quicker.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Dropping Deep

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Dropping Deep (30 mins)

With a deep line of confrontation, there is little space to be exploited behind the defending teams back line. A good strategy when playing against teams whose forwards are very fast. Sitting this deep naturally gives the defending team a more compact shape that is harder to break down. Playing deep is perfect for a counter attacking style of play in the 4-2-3-1. However, in order to counter attack 1-4 players must break once possession is gained. The forward passing and movement of the ball by the counter attacking players must be efficient, direct and into space. When teams decide to sit, they must be content with the opponent's controlling possession of the ball.

When to use? Throughout the entire game or use as a tactic when needed - stitting deep during the last 10 minutes of the game to kill the game off and protect the lead.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Half Press

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Half Press

Line of confrontation is much higher up the pitch (blue line). Line of restraint (red line) and line of confrontation dictate the shape of the team. However, players can extend pressure over the line of confrontation in groups of 1-3 players. Extending pressure puts the opponents under pressure and odes not allow them to hit non-pressured passes that pick apart the defnce. Extending pressure often results in turnovers as well. The CF is the only person taht is always located above the line of confrontation - cutting out passing options to CB's and to even help trap the wingbacks.

Note - if 1 -3 players extend pressure beyond the line of confrontation, can the line of restraint/line of confrontation move higher?


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