Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Staying compact (Start Time: 2014-10-30 22:00:00)

Profile Summary

Martin Taylor
Name: Martin Taylor
City: Carlisle
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 1 points
Membership: Young Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

When a team has a lack of defensive responsibilities, the opposition can exploit that weakness by playing through the players to advance on goal. This session works on the individual techniques that can help reduce goal scoring opportunities by making it difficult for the attacking team to exploit those weaknesses.

This session encourages players to keep a solid formation by reducing the space available to play in to make the unit more solid and prevent the opposition from scoring goals.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Pressing the attacker

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Pressing the attacker (5 mins)

Red players play the ball to the blue who dribble to the other side. The red have to slide and screen to slow the attacker's advancement down.

- Identify the attackers favoured foot and show the attacker their weaker foot

- Don't stand face on when jockeying

- Be quick to close the player down to force the player to reduce their advancement, but slow down so we don't allow the attacker to skip past us

- Get to arms length away, be on your toes to be able to move with the attackers movement


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Block the penetrating pass

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Block the penetrating pass (10 mins)

Outer players score a point when passing to the players on the opposite side while players in the middle get a point when they block the pass being made successfully.

- Encourage middle players to slide and screen

-- to cover each other

-- to slow the play down to allow team mates to get back into shape

- At the right time they press the outer players

- Defensive players react when a point is scored to block the next play


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Funnel game

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Funnel game (10 mins)

Playing compact as a defensive unit to dictate play by forcing the play out wide and reducing the attack through the middle.

The three attackers try to score a goal whereas the defensive four try to force the attackers out wide

- Compact play as a four by playing narrow

- Try not to play square, encourage play wide

- Be aware of the role of the presser, stay tight rather than staying to left or right back.

-- Don't pass a man on until the attack has reseeded


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Screen 4

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Screen 4 (10 mins)

When the ball played out wide, defenders are to get their body shape right to be able to see the delivery and the player they are marking. There is a big advantage to be able to see both rather than just one.

- Quick pressing of the ball when it is received by the attacker

- Don't be restricted to playing inside the area

- Be brave when attacking the ball as a defender to increase the chance of blocking the play/shot

- Encourage stepping to the players shooting foot to block the shot

-- What is the trigger for doing this?


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