Football/Soccer Session (U12): Defensive Principles

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Fred Wilson, Adult Member

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Fred Wilson
Name: Fred Wilson
City: San Jose
Country: United States of America
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Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Jockeying - Technical Warm-Up

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Jockeying - Technical Warm-Up

Players partner up

Players in black start with a ball

Players in blue line up 2 yards in front of players in black

As players in black dribble, players in blue jockey backwards moving their feet and hips to keep the player in black in front of them

Players switch roles at 50 yards and return

Coaching Points

Defending players in blue must keep the player in front of them

First principle of defense is to delay the player with the ball

Defending player should take two steps to the attacking players every one step


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 10x10 grid defending

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10x10 grid defending

Defending player starts with ball and plays ball 10 yards to attacking player

Attacking player tries to dribble past defender across end line of grid with the ball under control

Defending player gets a point for winning the ball

Attacking player gets a point for dribbling under control past the defender across the end line

Coaching points

Clsoe Space quickly

Delay attacking player

Force attacking player to one side or the other to force out of bounds

look for opportunity to tackle the ball


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Dictate play of the attacker

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Dictate play of the attacker

Player A plays a ball across the grid to player in blue

Attacking player tries to dirbble past the defending player A and across the endline away from player B with the ball under control

Coaching Points

Close Space

Force player to the side as directed by defending player B


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Screen 4

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Screen 4

Pressure Cover Drill

Player A passes ball to Player C.

Player A represents 1st Defender, Player B represents 2nd Defender and Player C is the 1st attacker

Upon first touch of the ball by Player C, Player B falls quickly to a cover position while player A closes space and applies pressure to the ball

Player C dribbles to goal to score

Coaching points

Player A - immediate pressure to the ball

proper defensive position between attacking player and goal

Delay until cover is set

Ability to fall into cover if beat by attacker. (Player B would have stepped into 1st defender role in this case)

Rotation

Player B - Sprint to cover position

Clear communication with Player A when in cover

Ability to rotate immediately to first defender if Player A is beat


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Movement
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Dribble
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