Football/Soccer Session (U14): Defending with a Back 4 (improving zonal defending)

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Andrew Mcleod, Adult Member

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Andrew Mcleod
Name: Andrew Mcleod
City: EAST ORANGE
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 6 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): I. Warm-Up

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): I. Warm-Up
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I. Warm-Up (15 mins)

Organization:

In open area, Players work in groups of three.

Instructions:

Players pass the ball amongst themselves until one player receives the ball and places his foot on top of the ball.

Then the two players without the ball provide pressure and cover.

Pause for three seconds then continue passing.

Coaching Points:

Communication - I got ball - force left/right.

Angle and speed of approach.

Defensive stance.

Proper distance and spacing


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): II. Main Part : Small-Sided Activity

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II. Main Part : Small-Sided Activity (25 mins)

Organization:

20x20 yards area

3 coned goals (A,B,C) on each side

Teams of 3

Instructions:

Play 2v2 in the area

Teams try to score a goal through any three of the small goals they are attacking.

The extra player on each team can move along the goal line his team is defending. If he is standing in a goal, no goal can be scored there. (ex: in the diagram blue cannot score in the middle goal and white cannot score in the left goal)

Coaching Points:

Pressure, Cover.

Compactness.

Angles of defending.

Organization, Communication and collaboration using the 3rd defender.

Progressions:

The player standing in the goal can come out when his team has possession and attack 3v2


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): III. Main Part : Expanded Activity

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III. Main Part : Expanded Activity (30 mins)

Organization:

30 yard field with full width

4 attackers vs 4 defenders plus GK (1v1, 2v2 -4v4)

Instructions:

Starts by playing in independant zones vs 1 player and support players take up proper shape

Blue team attacks 1v1, 2v2 - 4v4 and ultimately 5v4 to large goal.

White team can score: Play ball out to servers

Remove Center Line and allow Center Backs to work together, Then remove wide lines and Back four works together.

Progression: Score in pugg goals on side.

Coaching Points:

Back four working together (progression) add holding midfielder.

Pressure - cover - balance.

Communication.

Shape and spacing.

When to Shift, Drop, Push Up

Stay Compact

Progressions:

Add Defensive MF

Add One attacker - new formation.

Add Two Wingers - new formation


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): IV. Game

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IV. Game (20 mins)

Organization:

9v9

Teams align in 1-4-1-2-1

Instructions:

Regular Match.

Coaching Points:

Communication and combining in defense.

Pressure - cover - balance.

Forcing attackers to one side.

Zonal Defending.


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