Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Defending- 1st/2nd defender

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Darren  Russcher
Name: Darren Russcher
City: Richmond
Country: Canada
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Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

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U11 defending


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

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1v1 defending (15 mins)

1v1 to goal. 2 10 by 10 approach boxes followed by a larger penalty area. Attacker can't strike on goal in first box, has to get to 2nd box or penalty area. If attacker turns his back to goal, play is over.

Coaching points:

- reinforce all points made in previous session (Close Down, Slow Down, Sit Down)

- as the ball travels, the defender travels to pressure attacker

- show attacker to one side, taking away options. Try to get attacker to be predictable. How can we do that?

- if 1st touch takes attacker to 1 side, cut him off and use touchline as a defender too.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 1v1 defending attacker back to goal

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1v1 defending attacker back to goal (20 mins)

Now attackers are receiving with back to goal & can combine with players waiting.

Coaching points:

- when to press (as the ball travels to attacker)

- when to drop (when ball is played back to support with no pressure on ball)

- open body shape to see ball and attacker

- the dangerous space is in behind. When ball is played back to support, defender wants to cut out penetrating passing lanes to goal

- distance from attacker when dropping (don't get too far away you can't recover)


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

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2v2 defending (20 mins)

2v2 to goal in same area. Can strike from anywhere. Offside line marked by yellow cones. Don't get caught chasing and spread apart. Use offside line to advantage.

Coaching points:

- communication & switching now becomes important

- "elevators" 1 presses the ball, 1 drops & covers the space for penetrating passes/dribbles/strikes

- don't get dragged around the grid. Stay on one side and keep attackers in front of you

- 1st defender stance showing attacker into support

- 2nd defender stance cuts off passing lane and angles towards other attacker

- don't get beat to outside! Means closing down was too fast/slow or angle was poor


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

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3v3 defending (10 mins)

3v3 defending w/attacking support. Attackers can play back to any teammates waiting to join in. Offside line is still in play.

Coaching points:

- now with 3, the central player gets "square on" when the ball is in the middle of the field

- the 2 supporting defenders get tucked in with an open body shape to see ball & other attackers

- 2 supporting defenders must look to stop penetration via dribble/pass/strike towards goal area

- when ball travels wide, roles switch and wide defenders stop penetration down wing, showing in to supporting defenders

- pressure/cover/balance

- have to be urgent! Get there quickly & stop penetration!


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SSG

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SSG (10 mins)

5v5 SSG. 1-2-1 in possession, 3-1 out of possession

Look to reinforce all earlier points.


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