Football/Soccer Session (U11): Pressure/Cover Defending

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Brittain Wagner, Adult Member

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Brittain Wagner
Name: Brittain Wagner
City: Summit
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 1 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
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 (10 mins)

Organization:

- 10x20 yards

- 2 channels/teams

Instructions:

- Players pressure nearest ball and hold defensive position until covering player (2nd defender) directs the pressing player (1st defender) to press next ball.

- 2nd defender provides specific instruction to 1st defender to either "show in" or "show out" (as highlighted in image).

Coaching Points:

1st Defender (Pressure):

- Angle, speed and distance of approach

- Deny space and penetration

- Create 1 vs.1 scenario - isolate an opposition attacker

- Channel outside near goal, inside/outside in opposition half

2nd Defender (Cover):

- Provide clear, concise and specific instruction to 1st defender - "show in", "show out", "hold", "press"

- Open body stance when play is directed in field - to read switch/intercept

- Closed body stance when play is directed out field - to double up/cover

- Prevent forward penetration - keep play in front

Progressions:

- Allow 2nd defender to decide upon command


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Main Activity 1

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Main Activity 1 (10 mins)

Organization:

- 6 players per area

- 2 Players on middle line

- 2 players on either end line

Instructions:

- 2 middle players pass the ball between themselves and pause the ball for 3-seconds before playing next pass.

Coaching Points:

- Movement as ball travels

- Covering player being in position to block penetrating lane 

- Communication between players (specific information)

- Pressuring player keeping pressure on if attacker dribbles the ball

Progressions:

- Central players can exchange positions by dribbling the ball


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

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Main Activity 2 (10 mins)

Organization:

- Same as previous.

Instructions:

- Same as previous but now middle players are able to score in either goal if opportunity presents itself.

Coaching Points:

- Quick transition between roles (switching between pressure and cover)

- Communication between players (tone to work as a motivational tool)


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

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Conditioned Game (15 mins)

Organization:

- 3 teams

- 2 vs. 2 in each half, 4 vs. 4 on field

Instructions:

- Players have to stay in own half and play 2 vs. 2 to goal.

Coaching Points:

- Starting positions to deny penetration

- Moments to pressure the ball

- Winning ball, if not then preventing the turn

- Position and communication of covering player


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Free Play

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Free Play (15 mins)

Organization:

- 2 teams

Instructions:

- 6v6 small-sided game


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