Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Defending - Pressure, Cover, Balance

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Mark Purcell
Name: Mark Purcell
City: Comox
Country: Canada
Rank: Elite – 3 points
Membership: Young Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Training Objectives:

Who: 7, 9, 11, 10, 8, 6, 4, and 5 primary

Where: Attacking and middle third of the field

When: Moment of transition when the team loses the ball

What: Proper defensive transition when the team loses the ball to limit opposition counter attacks


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm-Up

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm-Up
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Warm-Up (15 mins)

Organization:

-20x25 grid

Instructions:

-Team in groups of four passing and moving around grid unrestricted

-Players can pass to either team, after five passes the team that does not have possession presses the ball. Working on principles of defense when the other team wins the ball to limit counter-attack opportunities

Coaching Points:

-First Defender delays by defending the space & slowing the attackers down.

-Use the sideline as a second defender to try and create a 1v1.

-Second defender transitions back quickly to get back behind the ball.

-When players are behind the ball, slow down the attack and try to force the play back.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Small Sided Activity

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Small Sided Activity (20 mins)

Organization:

-3v3 on a 30 x 18 yard field

- Pugg goal at the end either side with a marker 8 yards behind the goal

Instructions:

-When the team scores a goal, the player that scored has to run around the flag before coming back onto the field

-A player from the team that conceded gets a ball and quickly creates a 3v2 counter attack

Coaching Points:

-If immediate pressure can be applied (bad first touch, bad pass) then stop the counter attack early.

-If not, transition back quickly to get players behind the ball, defending the central areas and force wide

-Player transition back does so by getting to the balancing side of the defensive line

-Communication and organization as to who has what role when defending


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Expanded Small Sided Activity

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Expanded Small Sided Activity (20 mins)

Organization:

-Full width x 40 yards length

- Normal size goal at one end, three counter goals at the other end

- #5 for the Red team acts only as a server

Instructions:

-7v5 with Red attacking towards the goal and White attacking towards the three counter goals. If red white scores, play restarts with the #5 who acts only as a server. If Red scores, play restarts from the keeper

Coaching Points:

1) Pressure, Cover,Balance

2) Delay the attacking team the opportunity to penetrate

3) Balance-defensively you have numbers behind the ball, force the play into pressure

4) Effective communication and organization

-5) If team cannot apply pressure quickly enough, must drop as a unit to compress(compact) the space and delay opponent


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Game

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Game (25 mins)

Organization:

-7v7, Red team in a 1-1-2-3, Blue team in a 1-3-3

Instructions:

-FIFA Rules

Coaching Points:

-Encouraging the points mentioned above


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