Football/Soccer Session (Difficult): Dealing with Counter attacks

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Gerardo  Mora
Name: Gerardo Mora
City: Temple City
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 3 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Defending the Counter Attack (Coaching Notes)

-Important when ball is lost and the opponent can quickly counter

-Needs to be performed as quickly as possible

-Needs numbers behind the ball asap, compactness, and squeezing the ball into "pockets" in order to win the ball back quickly

Duration: 90 minutes

Intensity: OVERLOAD Session, 85-100% relative workload

"Fail to prepare, prepare to fail" Roy Keane


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm-Up 10-15 minutes

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm-Up 10-15 minutes
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Warm-Up 10-15 minutes (10 mins)

Organization:

- Two teams of 3

- 25x15 grid including endzones

- 2v2 in the grid. Third player acts as a server.

Objectives:

- Teams score by dribbling the ball into the end zone

- As the attacking player dribbles the ball into the end zone, the server (other team) passes a ball into their teammate to create a quick counter.

- The player that just dribbled in must now transition back.

Coaching Points:

- First Defender delays by defending the space & slowing the attackers down.

- Use the sideline as a second defender to try and create a 1v1.

- Second defender transitions back quickly to get back behind the ball.

- When players are behind the ball, slow down the attack and try to win ball back.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Small Sided Activity - 15-20 minutes

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Small Sided Activity - 15-20 minutes
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Small Sided Activity - 15-20 minutes (15 mins)

Organization:

- 3v3 on a 30x18 yard field

- Small goals at the end of the field with a agility pole 3 yards behind each goal.

- All extra balls placed on four corners

Objective:

- When the team scores a goal, the player that scored has to run around the flag before coming back onto the field

- A player from the team that conceded gets a ball and quickly creates a 3v2 counter attack.

- Next two groups of three are waiting. Change every 2 goals or 2 minutes which ever comes first.

Coaching Points:

- If immediate pressure can be applied (bad first touch, bad pass) then stop the counter attack early with higher pressure.

- If not, apply light pressure by delaying and forcing into wide channels or areas of low danger while waiting for players to recover back quickly and get behind the ball.

- Player recover back does so by getting to the balancing side of the defensive line to create even numbers with correct angles and correct level of pressure.


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