Football/Soccer Session (Mixed age): 1st & 2nd Defender Principles

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Shaun Lowther, Adult Member

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Shaun Lowther
Name: Shaun Lowther
City: Alberta
Country: Canada
Rank: Elite – 2 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 8 v 8 Game

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8 v 8 Game (20 mins)

8 v 8 Game: Defending as a Team (20 mins)

Set-Up: Field is 70yds long x 50yds wide with a half-way line and 2 goals at either end. Two equal teams, with 2 GK's. Balls distributed beside goal to keep the game flowing when balls go out of play.

Instructions: Play 8 v 8 with offside in effect. Re-start from the GK when a goal is scored or ball goes out of play.

Coaching Points: Stay switched on - immediate transition from attacking to defending

1st Defender tactics - a.Make a decision which way to show attacker b.Curved run to show attacker one way or the other c.Close down space early and quickly d.Sideways on body position e.Get low f.Stay on feet g.Watch the ball h.Be aggressive - initiate contact

2nd Defender Tactics - a.Communicate to 1st defender where to show the attacker b.Provide cover c.Be close enough to 1st defender to step in and engage attacker if 1st defender gets beat d.Be aware of other attackers and dangerous space


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

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Soccer Tennis (20 mins)

Soccer Tennis: Pressure and Cover

Set-Up: Field is 30yds x 35yds, with 5 yard central zone. Balls

located centrally off to the side with the Coach. 3 teams of 5 in

different colour pinnies.

Instructions: The coach plays a ball in to one of the attacking team

who attempt to connect 5 passes whereupon they can transfer ball

across to other grid to score a point, ball must touch the ground in

the central area. The defending team defends with 2 players

against 5. The 3 remaining defenders screen the central area and

look to intercept passes. Play 90 sec then rotate defending team.

Progression: on interception teams flip roles, Coach re-starts with

ball in, attackers must get into central zone before applying

pressure.

Coaching Points: Stay switched on - immediate transition from

attacking to defending

1st Defender tactics - a.Make a decision which way to show

attacker b.Curved run to show attacker one way or the other

c.Close down space early and quickly d.Sideways on body

position e.Get low f.Stay on feet g.Watch the ball h.Be aggressive - initiate contact

2nd Defender Tactics - a.Communicate to 1st defender where to show the attacker b.Provide cover c.Be close enough to 1st defender

to step in and engage attacker if 1st defender gets beat d.Be aware of other attackers and dangerous space


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 4 v 4 6 Goal Game

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4 v 4 6 Goal Game (20 mins)

4 v 4 - 6 Goal Game: Cover and Balance (20 mins)

Set-Up: Field is 30yds x 35yds, with 3 goals on each end line.

Balls located centrally off to the side with the Coach. 2 Equal

teams with no Goalkeepers.

Instructions: Teams play 4 v 4 and attempt to score in one of the

opponents goals. All re-starts are from a ball played in by the

coach. Rotate players through.

Coaching Points: Stay switched on - immediate transition from

attacking to defending

1st Defender tactics - a.Make a decision which way to show

attacker b.Curved run to show attacker one way or the other

c.Close down space early and quickly d.Sideways on body

position e.Get low f.Stay on feet g.Watch the ball h.Be aggressive -

initiate contact

2nd Defender Tactics - a.Communicate to 1st defender where to

show the attacker b.Provide cover c.Be close enough to 1st

defender to step in and engage attacker if 1st defender gets beat

d.Be aware of other attackers and dangerous space


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 8 v 8 Game

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8 v 8 Game (20 mins)

8 v 8 Game: Defending as a Team (20 mins)

Set-Up: Field is 70yds long x 50yds wide with a half-way line and 2 goals at either end. Two equal teams, with 2 GK's. Balls distributed beside goal to keep the game flowing when balls go out of play.

Instructions: Play 8 v 8 with offside in effect. Re-start from the GK when a goal is scored or ball goes out of play.

Coaching Points: Stay switched on - immediate transition from attacking to defending

1st Defender tactics - a.Make a decision which way to show attacker b.Curved run to show attacker one way or the other c.Close down space early and quickly d.Sideways on body position e.Get low f.Stay on feet g.Watch the ball h.Be aggressive - initiate contact

2nd Defender Tactics - a.Communicate to 1st defender where to show the attacker b.Provide cover c.Be close enough to 1st defender to step in and engage attacker if 1st defender gets beat d.Be aware of other attackers and dangerous space


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