Football/Soccer Session (Mixed age): Pressure and cover

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Valentin Lupulescu, Adult Member

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Valentin Lupulescu
Name: Valentin Lupulescu
City: bronx
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 2 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Session designed to institute principles of pressure (1st defender) and cover (2nd defender) in defense.


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

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm-up
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Warm-up (15 mins)

Organization: Each player w/ball. Area inside the 18. Multiple gates sets up

Instructions: Players execute turns inside gates.  Xavi (inside + outside), Maradona, drag-back, etc

Coaching Points: Enter/Execute/Exit, Heads-up, Shielding, Accelerate on exit

Red

Luke / Oscar / Emmet / Findlay / Ollie

Blue

Jem / Jake / Titu / Carter / Paolo

Yellow

Owen / Kaya / Constantin / Jason / Tyler

Progressions: P - add defender(s)


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Main Activity 1, semi opposed and fully opposed

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Main Activity 1, semi opposed and fully opposed (10 mins)

Organization: Groups of 3-5, two 10 x 7 squares adjacent to each other.

Instructions: Attacker w/ball looks to dribble past both defenders to opposite end line. 1st defender in first block applying primary pressure, 2nd defender in 2nd, representing cover. Goal is to simply introduce positioning and spacing. When defense wins ball, they should counter-attack by dribbling across start line as quickly as possible. Play starts on attackers first move.

Coaching Points: 1. Pressure or delay on ball (enough to force decision, but not so much as to immediately get beat)

2. Cover should be goalside (opposite of touchline in activity), and 2-4yds behind pressure. Ready to step in if #1 defender gets beat.

3. Communication - "inside" or "outside", 2nd defender should tell where to pressure/delay to

Progressions: Modify size of space (larger is harder for defenders, smaller easier).


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Main Activity 2

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Main Activity 2 (15 mins)

Organization: Groups of 6, 10 x 15yd rectangle, 1 ball

Instructions: Defenders goal is to deny through balls. Above, A+B pass laterally looking to create space in defense. Defenders react by shifting pressure & cover appropriately. When opportunity presents, A or B seeks to pass to C or D. When achieved, seek reverse immediately. Play starts on A's first movement and first pass is free.

Coaching Points: 1. 1st defender pressure - force decisions defense wants (lateral) by cutting off penetrating pass as quickly as possible

2. 2nd defender covers first defender by positioning for beat on dribble/blocking diagonal pass

3. Communication is key. Who is pressure? Who is cover?

Progressions: P - no free pass

R - all lateral passes are free


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

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Conditioned Game (20 mins)

Organization: 11 players, 2 teams of 4 + 3 neutrals. Two adjacent squares, 15x10yds each (rectangle is 15x20)

Instructions: Teams play through neutrals (usually represented by CB, CM, and F). Pass from one endline to next equals a point. Once scored, seek to reverse. Team on offense plays from outside the squares. Defense inside squares. As soon as defense wins ball, defense moves immediately outside square and team dispossessed jumps in to defend.

In example above, blue is on offense, white defending, and black is neutral.

Coaching Points:

1. Emphasize lightning quick transition from attack to defense and vice verse

2. Incorporate pressure + cover roles to negate penetrating passes (force lateral/backwards)

Progressions: R - remove a defender


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SSG

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SSG
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SSG (15 mins)

Organization: SSG - street soccer. Players make teams/conditions/just play soccer.

Instructions: Supervise to ensure safe playing environment, but allow the players to solve on field disputes (out of bounds, etc)

Coaching Points: It's the player's game

Progressions:


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