Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Principles of defending

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Gerardo Flores, Young Member

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Gerardo  Flores
Name: Gerardo Flores
City: Daphne
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 0 points
Membership: Young Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): defensive movements

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defensive movements (15 mins)

Activity #1: Warm Up

Players move from one end to the other working one line of cones at a time. Coach will direct - "step!" - Players close down cones on line (1) NOTE: Correct playres body movement and technique. Close down at speed - on an angle - knees slightly bent

Coach will quickly direct again - "step left!" - Players will move up one line and to the left.

Coach can also change things up by saying "Drop!" - making all players drop to the previous line and stay on their toes for next command.

Work the group of defenders until they reach line 4 and they can rest and next group proceeds.

Objective: To have players respond to communication and work as one unit. Repeat the technique of closing a player down at speed and on an angle.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Defending team plays

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Defending team plays (15 mins)

Activity 2: 1st and second Defender

Unopposed 2v2. Attacking team passes the ball back and forth. Defending team works on 1st and 2nd defender. This is repetitive and done a speed. Work for 60 seconds and switch. 3 rounds for each group and move on. Each time must get better! Praise pair that works the hardest and have them demonstrate.

Key points:

- communication

- As ball travels - players drop and step.

- Do not get caught square (straight line defending)


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): defending

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defending (20 mins)

Activity 3

Set Up: Half of field

5 attacking players and 4 defenders (back line) Note: All players should work as defenders and attackers. Praise best group!

Coach will call a Number - in this case , "number 1"! - Player will dribble acroos the field at 50% - keeping control and allowing defenders to close down and "step, drop, step, cover"

Principles of defending : Pressure, cover, balance, and compactness

Defenders do not take ball away - working as a unit.

Coach shouts any number and defending team will close the player down as a team. (1st defender, 2nd defender, balance etc.

Progression: Coach shouts two numbers and first number called brings ball. 2 v 4 to goal.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): defending

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defending (20 mins)

Activity 4

Game-like

4v5 - Yellows play to goal and reds defend. - If red wins the ball, transition to attack and score by hitting target man or playing through goals on wide areas.

Encourage communication and defending as a team.

- Stay organized

- Don't chase

-Stay Compact


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 8 v 8 defending

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8 v 8 defending (30 mins)

Activity 5 - Final Activity

Set Up: 8v8 - 60x40yds

Have defending team (reds) understand how to defend when ball is in certain area of the field.

- Game rules apply

- Stay organized and communicate

- Do not Chase or defend individually


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