Football/Soccer Session (U10): Hillsborough SC - U9G Hurricanes - S18 (Pressure Cover) Part 2

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Ashley Thomas, Adult Member

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Ashley Thomas
Name: Ashley Thomas
City: Lawrenceville
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 6 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Review: Attacking players going against the defenders doing a combination play (give and go) to highlight the distance between defender one and two.

Introduce: Pressure Cover relationship. Distance and angle between the first and second defender. Communication.

Focus: On (1) Both players showing the same direction in/out; and (2) showing inside to the support.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical

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Technical (15 mins)

On Arrivial: (Prior to start of practice)

Organization:

As shown in diagram

Dynamic Warm-up:

1. Jog to cone and back twice

2. Open the gate to the cone, close the gate on our way back

3. Half kicks (Cross the body; Knee to elbow) to cone, Light extension - Full kicks on our way back.

4. High knees to cone, butt kicks on our way back.

5. Side shuffle facing one direction to cone - switch direction half way in between. Two alternating side skips on our way back.

6. Small skips down, big skips on our way back.

7. Move on to SAQ with cones.

Coaching Points:

1. Be on toes

2. Listen for coaches signal

3. Reaction time

4. Speed of movement

Technical Warm-up: Yael Averbuch "Soccer Wall Series"

Part I

1. Inside pass (leave foot in air after contact) Receive + Pass; 1 min x each foot

2. Receive inside (leave foot in air after receiving) Pass back with Laces - same foot, drop foot in between reps; 1 min x each foot

3. Outside touch when receiving (leave foot in air after receiving) Pass with inside surface; 1 min x each foot

4. Receiving drag across with inside surface (leave foot in air after receiving) Pass with outside surface; 1 min x each foot

Challenge - Wrap around the back of your planted foot, inside pass. Adjust the angle of your hips. 1 min


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

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Technical Warm Up

Organization:

10x20 yards

2 teams

Instructions:

1. Players pressure nearest ball and hold defensive position until covering player (2nd defender) directs the pressing player (1st defender) to press next ball.

2. 2nd defender provides specific instruction to 1st defender to either show in or show out (as highlighted in image).

Coaching Points:

1st Defender (Pressure):

1. Angle, speed and distance of approach

2. Deny space and penetration

3. Create 1 vs.1 scenario - isolate an opposition attacker

4. Channel outside near goal, inside/outside in opposition half

2nd Defender (Cover):

1. Provide clear, concise and specific instruction to 1st defender - show in, show out, hold, press

2. Open body stance when play is directed in field - to read switch/intercept

3. Closed body stance when play is directed out field - to double up/cover

4. Prevent forward penetration - keep play in front

Progressions:

(P1) -  Allow 2nd defender to decide upon command


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical Warm up (Progression)

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Technical Warm up (Progression)

Organization:

** Same as before **

10x20 yards

2 Groups

Yellow group in cones

Blue group running through activity

Players not on the cones have the ball

Instructions:

1. First blue player passes the ball into the first yellow player standing on a cone.

2. After passing the ball the first player will quickly close down the space in between him/her and the opponent. The second blue player indicates which way the first defender must show, and covers behind the first defender showing the same way.

3. The second defender will say Hold, Hold, Hold... Tap! to the first defender and on the command Tap the first defender must tap the ball with his/her front foot.

4. After the ball has been tapped, the Yellow player will pass the ball back to the second defender.

5. The second defender now plays the ball into the next yellow player, switches roles, and becomes the first defender. (The previous first defender switches as well and becomes the second defender).

6. Players move side to side down the channel until finished. Must go through twice, afterwards they switch with the yellow.

Coaching Points:

1st Defender (Pressure):

1. Angle, speed and distance of approach

2. Deny space and penetration

3. Create 1 vs.1 scenario - isolate an opposition attacker

4. Channel outside near goal, inside/outside in opposition half

2nd Defender (Cover):

1. Provide clear, concise and specific instruction to 1st defender - show in, show out, hold, press

2. Open body stance when play is directed in field - to read switch/intercept

3. Closed body stance when play is directed out field - to double up/cover

4. Prevent forward penetration - keep play in front

Progressions:

(P1) -  Allow 2nd defender to decide upon command

Additional Notes:

1. May choose to have the players run through this activity individually passing first, prior reviewing defensive shape, to giving them a sense of the movement and rotation.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Pressure, Cover - Inside/Outside

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Pressure, Cover - Inside/Outside

Organization:

Same as previous.

Instructions:

1. Same as previous but now middle players are able to score in either goal if opportunity presents itself.

Rotation:

1. 2 minute games

2. (Middle) Attacking players, blue, rotate with the defenders denying the opportunity to shoot or drive in the center and force them out towards the side line (red players).

3. Red players, who originally showed outside, will now have to defend two wide targets and force the opposition to play on the inside (yellow players).

4. Yellow players, who had to defend the two outside targets, and show the attackers inside, now replace the blue and become the attackers.

Competition:

1. After three 2 minute games pairs are rotated based off of score.

2. If attackers score then they switch with defenders.

Coaching Points:

1. Quick transition between roles (switching between pressure and cover)

2. Communication between players (tone to work as a motivational tool)


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Conditioned Game

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Conditioned Game

Organization:

2 vs 2 in each half - 4 vs 4 on field

Instructions:

1. Players have to stay in there own half and play 2 vs 2 to goal.

Coaching Points:

1. Starting positions to deny penetration

2. Moments to pressure the ball

3. Winning ball, if not then preventing the turn

4. Position and communication of covering player

Progressions:

(P1) - Free Play


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): End Game

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End Game

Organization:

Full field - 40 x 30

Divided into two - 30 x 20

3v3 / 4v4 Game


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