Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Defending Principles

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Matt Brewer
Name: Matt Brewer
City: Seattle
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 0 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Tech: 1v1 defending stance/defending as a unitTactical: visual cues when defending individually/as a teamPhys: ABCS, MobilitySocial: Fun, compeititive, teamwork, team bonding


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

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Warm Up:

Warm Up:

set up 4 areas relevent to players and age. Players dribble ball around any square in competitive environment. on command players do ball manipulations.

Add defender, all players dribble ball around and on "Ronaldo" defender must steal ball from other players and switch. On "Messi" players must stay in their box. If no defender in box, players play king of the ring.

AT:1 R:20 I:6

Coaching Points:

Scanning with head

Messi/Ronaldo Touches

change of speed/direction

creativity and variety

8 surfaces to dribble

Pressure, Position, Patience

Q: what does the defender always want to try and take? A: space from attacker


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Skill Phase 1:

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Skill Phase 1:

Skill Phase 1: 1 v 1 defending

Set up 10 x 10 squares working in groups of 3, 1 defender, 1 attacker 1 server. server players attacker and defender presses on first touch. 3 attempts and rotate.

1. attacker dribbles over the end line for 1 point, 3 points for stopping ball on line.

2. attacker stops ball on open corner for a 1 point, 3 points for defenders corner.

defender dribbles ball over a line for a point.

Coaching Points:

Pressure, position, patience

attack and speed and slow as you approach, big to small steps

angle of run to predict

arms length

steal on big touch, head down

cue: touching with arm - steal ball

arms length - poke ball

no touch - patience

Q: why is it important to take space vs ball first? A: to force attacker into decision to help you win ball


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Skill Phase 2:

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Skill Phase 2:

Skill Phase 2:

4 v 2 Rondo

set up in area suitable to players and age.

4 attackers on one line each, cannot leave line vs 2 defenders free to move.

attackers must keep possession, if they make a split pass they get a point.

If defenders win ball or force ball out, they get a point and rotate.

AT:4 R:1 I:3

Coaching Points:

Pressure, cover, balance

curved run to predict

angle and distance

open body to see all

cues: support in relation to 1st defenders press

type of touch/mistake look to take ball

Q:who starts press? A: closest player to ball


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SKill Phase 3:

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SKill Phase 3:

Skill Phase 3:

River Game

set up area suitable to players and age, with middle channel. 3 teams, 2 attack with 1 defend.

Aim is for attackers to move ball from one box to other for a point, if defending team intercept the ball, they switch with team who misplaced pass and gain a point. Can start with no overhead pass. add time or pass restriction to increase tempo.

Progress:

defender can go and press ball in box

Coaching Points:

Pressure, Cover Balance

communication

tight and compact

first player pressures

defensive triangle - defender to see player, ball and player they mark

defensive shape - triangle, nike tick

Cues:

steal on a big touch,slow pass mistake

when ball switches, closest player presses

press early on a head down, strike ball cue

Q: what tells the unit the shape they needed? A: visual vues


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Function:

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Function:

Phase of Play:

set up area related to players, age, and field position if possible.

Start with 1GK, defending unit vs 2 forwards and 4 midfielders who are based on outside with gates.

attacking midfielder passes into 2 forwards who look to score. forwards can use midfielders in gates to keep possession. defenders must win ball and play into 1 of gates to score.

Progress to function, 4 midfielders join in and coach serves. Add 6 + 8 for defending team. Defenders must dribble though top two gates for goal.

AT:6 R:2 I:4

Coaching points:

Previous points

defending team to mark players, space or ball.

Pass runners along line but track vertically

Cues:

slow passing can step up

head down can press as a unit

5Ws of defending


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Scrimmage:

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Scrimmage:

Scrimmage:

play small sided and progress into scrimmages.

Coaching Points:

5Ws of defending


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