Football/Soccer Session (U11): 1v1 Defending - Applying Pressure

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Brad Wolchansky , Adult Member

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Brad Wolchansky
Name: Brad Wolchansky
City: Brooklyn
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 1 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Players will learn the basic techniques for applying defensive pressure in a 1v1 situation.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm Up 1/2

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Warm Up 1/2 (10 mins)

Organization:

20x20 square, players in two groups at opposite corners with a 5 yd gate in one corner. No balls.

Instructions:

The game is 1v1 tag. At coach's command 1 player starts from each corner, "attacker" (white) tries to avoid tag from "defender" (purple) and run through gate. 5 seconds maximum. Winner gets one point.

Coaching Points:

-Close down space

-Be on toes (i.e. not flat-footed)

-Quick feet


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm Up 2/2

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Warm Up 2/2 (10 mins)

Organization:

Players work in pairs, 1 ball per pair. Cones 20yds apart.

Instructions:

Attacker dribbles in zig zags for 20 yds, defender jockeys along, no pressure or attempting to steal ball. Alternate attacker/defender.

Coaching Points:

-Side-on stance, like you're surfing.

-Stay 1-2 steps from attacker.

-Keep feet moving.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical - 1v1

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Technical - 1v1 (20 mins)

Organization:

15x20 box, mark center line with cones. Mini-goal on one side in the corner. Teams of two, balls on side with the goal.

Instructions:

1v1 with a shot on goal. Defender starts by passing to attacker then closes space to defend. Attacker must advance ball into offensive half before attempting a shot. Goal = 1 pt. If defender wins possession he can dribble to opposite end-line for 1 pt. Alternate attackers/defenders.

Coaching Points:

-Close space fast at first, then slow.

-Force attacker away from goal or to weaker foot.

-Keep your eyes on the ball, not the man.

-Challenge with confidence!

Progressions:

Vary goal position from left to right.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical - 2v2

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Technical - 2v2 (20 mins)

Organization:

15x20 field. Teams of two.

Instructions:

2v2 tournament

Coaching Points:

-Pressure vs. cover

-Don't get split

Progressions:


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

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Conditioned Game (30 mins)

Organization:

30x40 field with 2 gates (5 yds wide) set up as shown on the midfield line. 5v5 or 6v6, no GKs, mini-goals. (Adjust field dimensions to play games with more or fewer players.)

Instructions:

Regular game EXCEPT: the ball cannot advance in any way (pass/dribble/shot) through either of the gates when you are advancing forward into your team's offensive half. If so it's out to touch to the other team.

Coaching Points:

-Steer midfield attackers wide with side-on stance.

-Use gates and sidelines to force turnovers.

Progressions:

Remove gates after 7-8 minutes for open play.


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