Football/Soccer Session (Beginner): U10 Defending

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Graham Maclean, Adult Member

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Graham Maclean
Name: Graham Maclean
City: Virginia
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 3 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Tecnical Warm up

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Tecnical Warm up (20 mins)

4v2 Split the Defenders:

4 Attackers pass the ball around the outside of a 7x7 square. The attackers try to pass through the square. The square has 2 defenders who play inside of the square and try to intercept any passes played through the square.

Round 1: The attackers try to play through the square.

Round 2: The attackers try to play through the square and also, split the defenders when possible. Defenders try to avoid allowing the ball to played through and avoid getting split.

*defenders rotate every 2 minutes.

Coaching Points/Questions:

Who should pressure the ball?

What should your body position be when pressing the ball?

Where should you position yourself to intercept passes?


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Small Sided

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Small Sided (15 mins)

4v3 to 1Goal and Counter Goals:

Coach sets up a 30Lx20W field with 2 goals at one end and 1 goal at the other. The team with 4 players attacks the end with 2 goals. The team with 3 players (defenders) can win the ball and score on the end with 1 goal.

The attacking team with 4 players is limited to 3 touches. The defending team of 3 players can only intercept passes and block shots; they cannot steal the ball off the foot of an attacker.

Coach will focus on the 2 players closest to the ball. Ignore the furthest defender away in this game

Coaching Points/Questions:

Who presses the ball?

Who is providing coverage?

What body shape should the pressing defender be to make the play predictable?

What shape should the defensive team be in when the ball is…

Central?

On the flanks?


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Expanded Small Sided

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Expanded Small Sided (20 mins)

5v3+GK:

Coach sets up a 45Lx35W field with a big goal at 1 end and 2 counter goals at the other. The team of 3 + GK defends the big goal and tries to score on the 2 counter goals. The team of 5 attacks the big goal. The team of 3 + GK tries to avoid getting split and/or giving up a goal.

Coach will focus on the 2 defenders closest to the ball, how they work together and the roll of the 3rd defender.

Coaching Points/Questions:

What can the defenders do to make the attack predictable?

Why should the defenders be compacted?

When should defenders go for the ball vs when should they delay?


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Game

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Game (20 mins)

5v5 or 6v6 game

two fields if needed


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