Football/Soccer Session (U14): Defensive Principles and Shape of Back Four

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Calum McIntyre, Young Member

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Calum  McIntyre
Name: Calum McIntyre
City: Chester
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 3 points
Membership: Young Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Defensive Positioning

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Defensive Positioning

1) Defensive movement zig-zags facing forward,

snapping shoulders, quick feet, bend knees, use

arms, focus.

2)Quick feet recovery exercise in zig-zags

3) One person protects the ball, the defender tries

to win it back and dribble it out of the grid. 20 secs

in the grid. Recovery for 1 minute whilst two more

players go in. Change roles

4) Diagonal pass, close arced run, jockey and show

inside.Passive exercise progressive to non-passive.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Defensive Shape

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Defensive Shape

1) Work with one ball to coach understanding and

movement. Back four pass around and drop off

the cone, facing fwd, open up body shape &

receive on back foot.

2) Final full back to receive ball takes a +ve touch fwd and swaps with the

opposite full back and repeats the practice.

3)Progress by adding two balls and shout change

direction.

4)Exercise to coach nearest man going

for the ball and recovery positions. 4 v 4, one

team has the ball and plays two touch max

between each other, the opposite team have to

close down passively player with ball.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Possession SSG

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Possession SSG

4 v 2 + 1 directional transitional game. Four players are positioned in each box with an all time attacker designated in yellow.If the Orange team is in possession of the ball then the Blue team sends two players into the other grid to defend and regain possession. When the 2 Blue players win possession they successfully play the ball back

into their own grid and join the play. Two Orange players must transition over and defend. At any time if the defending team knocks the ball out of the grid they are rewarded by a change of possession and a new ball is sent into their grid.


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

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Screen 4

4 v 4 with 4 small goals. The pitch is 40 yds wide but only 20yds in length. The focus is to keep back four shape and when the players see an opening then drive forward and run the ball through the goal for a point.


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