Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Functional Defending 9/16/2015 (Start Time: 2015-09-16 08:00:00)

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JJ Ruane
Name: JJ Ruane
City: Chicago
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 3 points
Membership: Young Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Functional Defending U13-U17


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Phase 1

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Phase 1 (20 mins)

Objective: Improve 1v1 defending technique footwork and approaching to pressure.

Activity: A plays to B. Coach must instruct to have attacking player go half speed for the first couple of rounds. Attacking players should dribble in a slalom motion, so A can learn to move their feet in proper technique when to drop stop and make sure they are turning body correctly. A and B then can switch places.

Coaching Points: Defenders should play ball and apply pressure immediately. We must instruct them to come at a slight angle, approach quickly and slow down as they near the ball, proper distance between attacker and defender (arm's length), as they are approaching check shoulders to cut out pass (have next defender stand right or left of the cone), coach them to be on the balls of their feet and distribute their wait evenly. We are not looking for them to tackle right now. We are looking for them to get into good habits of closing down a ball and then keeping the ball in front of them?

Guided Discovery Qs: Why must the defender take an angle of approach? What happens if I am unbalanced as a defender? Why is important to close quickly, but slow down as they reach the ball?


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Phase 2

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Phase 2 (20 mins)

Objective: Improve pressure, cover relationships between 1st and 2nd defenders.

Activity: Navy plays 4v2 against orange team. Orange defenders will play for 60 seconds. If orange wins the ball, they are trying to dribble out of the area with the ball. Navy is trying to split the orange players with balls on the ground.

Coaching Points: Apply smart pressure meaning when can we really get in and pressure, what are the cues to look for. Do the orange pressure together and start to cut the field in half? Coach the orange players to not chase the ball, but slowly hunt the ball and kill it when they think they can. Define the relationship of distance between the 1st defender and 2nd defender (if 1st defender close to 1st attacker then 2nd defender should be closer in proximity and vice versa). Take peeks over shoulders to cut out passing lanes. Make attack predictable. Communication: use words and same terminology: I go, step, slide, kill it!

Guided Discovery Qs: How do you make the game 2v2? What are cues to high press? What are cues to just slide and keep ball in front? What happens if the ball goes through my inside shoulder?


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Phase 3

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Phase 3 (20 mins)

Objective: Improve zonal defending to deny penetration.

Activity: Divide into teams as above. Navy tries playing through orange to navy and vice versa. Any time they can play thorugh a team to their color, they score a point. If it is picked off or given away, it is a point for the defending team. Players must remain in their zone for the start of the exercise. Progression here is to allow 1 defender from a zone to step into attacking zone to cover (smart pressure v high pressure).

Coaching Points: Apply smart pressure meaning when can we really get in and pressure, what are the cues to look for. Outside defenders should just check shoulders, deny pass down line, and force attacking players inside. Coach all players to slide and keep ball in front of them. If a defender steps to high pressure, other 3 defenders should get tight to each other. Body shape when ball is pressured, body shape when little pressure on the ball. when they think they can. Define the relationship of distance between the 1st defender and 2nd defender (if 1st defender close to 1st attacker then 2nd defender should be closer in proximity and vice versa). Communication: use words and same terminology: I go, step, slide, kill it! Be specific to players when coaching this exercise.

Guided Discovery Qs: What is the general shape when ball is wide, when ball is central? What are cues to high press? What are cues to just slide and keep ball in front? What happens if the ball goes through my inside shoulder?


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