Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Defending - Functional

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Ian Sinclair
Name: Ian Sinclair
City: Oakville
Country: Canada
Rank: Elite – 0 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
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Defensive Work - Functional

Warm-up

- Defensive footwork in pairs

- Half players w/ balls and some with out.

- Player with the ball moves around and defenders have to shadow/mark the player passively.

- Coach will shout "Change" and the players who are defending move to someone else and the sequence repeats.

- Then change the players who have the balls.


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Defending Part 2 - 1v2 & 2v2

1. R1 starts by playing to B2 and then goes out to close down. B1 comes out to attack. R2 drops back into small goal and becomes GK creating a 2v1 attack for Blue.

- If R1 wins the ball they then play back to their partner who is GK and they then come out to attack creating a 2v2 in transition going other way.

Coaching Points:


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Defending - Part 3

- Same as Part 2 but now to big goals

- 20x 25 (yards)

- 2 Attackers in Blue v 1 Defender in Red.

- As soon as GK saves it, or shot over the endline, 1 Player from Blue would move off from the attacking team and 1 player would come on from the team that was defending in Red creating a 2v1 the other way.

- If a team were to score, that team would get another ball again and they would attack 2v1 against a new defender that would step on.

Coaching Points:


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Part 4 Defending - 3v3

- D1 starts with all the Balls and plays to P1. As soon as th ball is played D1 comes out to defend.

- P1 can dribble in or play into P3 (striker) creating a 3v3 situation.

- The objective for the 3 attacking players is to penetrate the box line of the 18 yard box. As soon as ball is played through it's live play. Players CANNOT just shoot from behind the box line.

Coaching Points:

- If ball gets played into CF - players need double down on the ball. If it goes back you still have them infront of you

- Dont just chase back and fourth - angle shutdown with your run and dictate where you want them to go. If you force it 1 way it becomes 3v2.

- Defensive communication - shout "cover" - this gives 1st defender the trigger to start closing down

- GK reads/anticipates thru balls

- Ball played back - MUST step up


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