Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Day 1: TC 04's & 00's Defend in Offensive Half

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Fabrice Gautrat
Name: Fabrice Gautrat
City: GA Rush
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 8 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 5v2 Warm-up

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5v2 Warm-up (10 mins)

5v2 Warm-up:

Set-up: 10 x 10

connect 10 passes the two in the middle stay in again

Progression:

i. once ball is played, wherever there are two players on one side of the square, one of them has to move to another side of the square. If two players stay on one side of the square for more than 2 passes, they both go in the middle. Same rules apply as original game.

ii. Game to 7 points. Offensive team gets one point if they split the two or if they connect 10 passes. Defensive team gets one point if they win it or if they dribble out they get two points.

Coaching Points: Passes are often not completed due to lazy supporting angles. If you see one of them not supporting the player with the ball then they go in the middle. There should be constant movement when playing this.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Passing & Receiving: Two Player Combination and Peeling Off

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Passing & Receiving: Two Player Combination and Peeling Off (20 mins)

Warm-up: Two Player Combination and Peeling Off

Organization: 4 players in 20x15 yard grid

A. In the left grid, we use two balls, one at each end line. Inside players starting positions in the middle and at the same time they both peel off to the side and receive a pass, control it with first touch and play it to the opposite end line with second touch and return to the middle of the gird facing a new end line.

B. In the middle grid, use two balls, one at each end line. Again, the two inside players start in the middle and peel off and play an ‘in-back-through’ passing combination with the end line players and play it to the other end line and return to the middle to start again facing the new end line.

C. Progress to playing 2v1 to target in the grid, as shown in diagram below. It’s actually 1v1 inside the grid plus using the end line player as support to make it 2v1. The end line player cannot enter grid and is used for possession support and for playing through balls. Each inside player defends one end line and attacks the other end line and scores by passing the ball to the end line target. Only inside player can score.

All the passing combination and peeling off movement practiced in the warm up variations above should now come in handy to beat the defender in the grid.

In the diagram above, the attacker combines with his end line player to get behind defender and score by playing to the target at the other end. Now the roles are reversed and the red player defends and the white player is attacking towards the other target. Give the inside players 3-5 seconds to catch their breath and get into new positions to transition going the other way.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 1v1's

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1v1's (10 mins)

1v1 Defending with Technical Warm-up.

1) Have defenders start opposite side of goal and they have to defend the shot by rounding their runs, closing down quickly and forcing them wide. Important to close down but not dive in.

* Have other grid exactly the same but mirroring so players work on defending different angles.

Coaching points: Close down quickly, low stance and and round your run. What happens if you run straight at attacker? (goal is wide open)

*Teach what goal side means!

Defenders need to be tenacious

Small group defense: Pressure-Cover, communication


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 2v2 Pressure Cover

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2v2 Pressure Cover (10 mins)

2v2 Small Group Defense Progression

1) Passive: have two players pass the ball back and forth. The other two defending work on staggered stance and forcing attacker wide. Other defender needs to provide cover in case the first defender were to get beat. attackers are not trying to beat defenders. They just hold on to the ball for 3-4 touches. Switch Roles.

2) Live: 2v2 dribble across the line.

Coaching Points: Where do we force them? Two principles small group defense: Communication, shape (pressure-cover)


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 11v11 Defensive Shape in Offensive half

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11v11 Defensive Shape in Offensive half (15 mins)

General Principles in Defending

- ATTITUDE!!!!

- Hunt the ball

- When you lose it, we win it back in 5 seconds

- Double down philosophy

- no shots on our goal, get pissed off when you give up a shot or a cross

- *If you can defend, you will play. (not if you're a defender, but if you can defend!)

Roles of Each Player in 11v11 when defending in offensive half:

*most teams will play a 4-3-3 with one holding mid

When opposing Team's Center back has Possession of the ball.

- One of our Forwards (#9) applies pressure and forces them wide

- the other forward #10 takes their holding mid

- the four mids stay compact until ball is played wide. why? We don't want other team playing through the seams and beating us centrally

- back four are also compact and making sure the distance between the #9 and #4&5 isn't more than 35 yards.

When opposing team's outside back has the ball:

- our closest OM #11, applies immediate pressure on the ball. the other three mids shift over to provide good cover and balance. opposite OM needs to stay compact. Spacing between each player cannot be more than 10 yards

- Outside back #3 on that side, needs to push up on their OM/OF.

- The other 3 backs need to slide over to provide good shape (P-C-B)

- Opposite OB can be slightly in front of the two center backs.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): cont.

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cont. (15 mins)

If ball is played to one of the center mids.

- Double down without sacrificing defensive team shape

- Closest center mid applies immediate pressure

- second center mid provides cover

- Trailing forward applies pressure form behind.

- #7 tuck in to prevent any penetrating passes through the middle

If ball is played to Outside mid or Outside Forward:

- our closest OM #11, doubles down from behind,

- our Outside back #3, should already be in good position to apply immediate pressure. all other 3 backs should be pinched in

- center mids and OM (#6, #8, #7) need to be sliding over and staying compact.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 6v6

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6v6

6v6 in Offensive Half.

*working on front 6 and how to pressure-cover-balance

Front two & four mids work on defending in offensive half.

When they win it they have 6 seconds to go to goal

Defensive Corners**


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