Football/Soccer Session (U11): Hillsborough SC - U11G Rockets - S16 Zonal Defending

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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

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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

Competitive Warm-up: Knee Slaps

1. Players in pairs must try to (tap) each others knees. Each tap equals a point. Player with most points between the two wins. Players are not allowed to run away from one another. Duration: 1 minute. Switch partners after each game.


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

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Warm up

Organization:

Two 15x15 yard grids are created side-by-side as shown in Diagram (b) below. Goalkeepers are positioned at each end of the grids to act as target players. A 4v4 is organized in each grid as shown. The setup is repeated to accommodate the entire team. Note - Two games of 4v4 are illustrated

Instructions:

One player from the defending team must remain in the opposite grid as shown above. The other 3 teammates must attempt to gain possession from the 4 opposing players. This creates a numbers-down situation for the defensive team and forces them to work as a "unit" to regain possession. If the defensive team wins possession they must quickly switch the ball to their teammate in the opposite grid. Immediately they must travel to support the play. In the Diagram above, Player (A) has won possession of the ball and quickly passes to his/her teammate in the opposite grid. The blues will now transition quickly to support the play while the yellow team must send over 3 players to defend. Points are awarded for a successful "switch" and 7 consecutive passes.

Coaching Points:

• Work together to defend as a "unit"

• Attempt to regain possession quickly.

• Immediately look to switch the ball on gaining possession.

• Travel quickly to support the play.

Progressions:


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Zonal Defending 3v3

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Zonal Defending 3v3 (20 mins)

Organization:

3 vertical zones

3v3

Instructions:

1. Defending players cannot leave their zone

2. Players with the ball are looking to score a point by dribbling over the endline.

3. Off-sides is in effect

Coaching Points:

1. Pressure on the ball

2. Compactness

3. Shifting as a unit (no ball watching)

4. Tracking runners

Progressions:

(P1) - Attacking players are free flowing

(P2) - Two defenders may enter one channel, but can not leave an open channel in between the two defenders and one on the outside.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Zonal Defending 4v5

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Zonal Defending 4v5 (20 mins)

Organization:

Total field space - 40 x 30

Field split into half - 20 x 30

10 yard zones/channels

Far half shown in diagram: 4 v 5

Closest half shown in diagram: 1 v 3 plus two attackers to support the ball.

Instructions:

1. Ball always starts with coach

2. Two defenders are permitted to enter one zone to apply pressure and cover, however there cannot be a "gap" in between zones of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd defender.

3. Additionally if the third defender shifts over to the center zone, the zone left must be filled by the outside midfielder.

4. If the defenders win the ball they must quickly look to play (1) to the open outside midfielder, or (2) the target on the other half of the field.

Coaching Points:

Pressure on the ball

Compactness

Shifting as a unit (no ball watching)

Tracking runners


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): End Game - 3 Zone Marked

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End Game - 3 Zone Marked (20 mins)

Organization:

Full field

6v6 / 7v7

3 zones marked out as shown

Restrictions:

1. Attackers are restricted to their respective zone.

2. Two defenders are permitted in one zone as long as there is no gap between pressure - cover and balance zone.

3. Unrestricted.


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