Football/Soccer Session (U14): Defending in wide areas

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Richard Harris
Name: Richard Harris
City: Barry
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 1 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Function

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Function
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Function (20 mins)

Function:

Initially the ball is going to be played into the red FB. Upon the FB bringing the ball into the playing area, the 2 blue players (the WMF & FB) need to stop the 2 red players from breaking in behind them via dribbling through or receiving a pass (breaking the red line as shown above). The 2 attacking red players can combine however they want to attempt to get in behind. The offside rule will apply. The blue players should try and either win the ball or push they red players back/outwide so they go out of the playing area. If the blue defending team win the ball they can try to start a counter attack (breaking through the blue line shown above)

Progression - The red server can either play the ball directly into the FB or the WMF. This is purely thier decision, I will not influence them as I am focusing on the blue players defending.

I will talk to the blue players and review the key defensive principals:

- Pressure on the ball (when, how, where, who)

- Communication - the need to constantly talk to each other, saying who is pressing the ball and who is offering cover

- Angles and Distance of support (never stood in a line vertically or horizontally)

- Compact and narrow shape

- Tracking runners

- Decision-making (can they player closet to the ball when it or will they need to delay and be patient)


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SSG

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SSG
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SSG (30 mins)

SSG: 9v9

Blue team setup in a 1-4-4-2 formation, leaving out a CM and a ST creating a 1-4-3-1

Red team setup in a 1-4-4-2 formation, leaving out a CB and a CM creating a 1-3-3-2

I will coach the blue team, focusing on the FB's and WMF's, I will also talk to the striker about he can help defending in the wide area's, cutting off passing options, such as the CB. Finally I will focus on the blue teams CM asking how they can assist the WMF and FB when defending. Can the CM cut off the inside passing option or drop deep to help cover the pass into the red forward.

I will condition the red team and ask them play out from the back at every opportunity, this will allow the red FB's to receive the ball and start the build up play.


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