Football/Soccer Session (U12): Improve Defending Around the Ball

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Elliott Spruell, Adult Member

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Elliott Spruell
Name: Elliott Spruell
City: Fullerton
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 12 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical Warm Up

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

Organization:

In an established area the attacker will start with a ball and the defender will start without the ball.

Activity:

Part 1: On coach's command, defender pressures the attacking player, without tackling, to the line. The objective of the defender is to deny penetration.

Part 2: Progress to 1 vs. 2, incorporating a second defender and eventually a second attacker.

Variations:

-Different starting positions for defender

-Start with a passed ball to attacker

Coaching Points:

-Proper angle of approach.

-Lower body stance with knees bent.

-Spacing of 3-5 yards from attacker.

-“Show” attacker “one way” while not facing attacker directly.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Small Sided Activity

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Small Sided Activity

Organization:

In an established area the two players attack one central goal and three players attack two counter goals.

Activity:

On coach's command, three defenders pressure two attackers, who try to score in the central goal. If the three defenders win the ball, they try to score on the two counter goals.

Variations:

-Different starting positions for defender

Coaching Points:

-Three defenders establish pressure, cover, and balance, while changing roles as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd defenders

-Players quickly assume each role.

- maintain proper spacing

-support defender implores the 1st defender to show “right” or show “left”.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Expanded Small Sided Activity

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Expanded Small Sided Activity

Organization:

On half a field, seven players will attack the large goal and defender two counter goals. Four defenders and a goalkeeper will defend the large goal and attack two small counter goals. Coach will restart play

Activity:

Four backs and goalkeeper deny penetration from seven attackers.

Coaching Points:

-Quickly pressure the 1st attacker while providing cover.

-Players must step up when the ball moves.

-Maintain correct angles in relationship to the goal.

-Players adjust the amount of pressure as play evolves.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Match

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Match

Organization:

7 vs. 7 Match.

Activity:

7 vs. 7 match with no restrictions. The defending team works toward denying penetration, (including shots on goal).

Coaching Points:

-Quickly recover upon losing possession.

-Move as a unit to pressure and cover while keeping track of 2nd defenders.


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