Football/Soccer Session (U10): HSC U9G Hurricanes - Spring16 (S7)

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Ashley Thomas, Adult Member

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Ashley Thomas
Name: Ashley Thomas
City: Lawrenceville
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 6 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Focus: Defending - 1st defender (Pressure).

Amount of Pressure: 1v1

Type of Pressure: When the point of attack has switched and the first defender approaches the ball not in front but at an angle. Attacking team is moving from the middle to final third.

Decisions looking to affect:

1. Speed of Approach - Get to the ball quickly but slow down on approach.

2. Angle of Approach - Deny penetration as you pressure and force them where you want them to go.

3. Body Position - slightly side on to the ball to force the attacker where you want them to go.

4. Body Shape - low, knees bent and on toes, side one.

5. Mentality - (a) Prepare for next action. (b) Patience to win the ball.

6. Technique - Block vs. Poke tackle.

7. Recognizing the attacking players - 1st touch, Awareness on the field, and body language.

8. Recognizing moments when to step in an win the ball. Is it a poke tackle? Or can I step in between the ball and the attacker, to shield off and regain possession (etc.)?

Hillsborough S.C. - ACT


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Defending: Semi Opposed - Fully Opposed

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Defending: Semi Opposed - Fully Opposed
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Defending: Semi Opposed - Fully Opposed

Organization:

15 x 15 yd boxes

2 yd gates set up as shown

4 Players per grid

2 Players on each yellow (or tall red) cone

1 Ball per group (extras on the side)

Instructions:

1. Player with the ball plays a pass to the player at the opposite corner then quickly closes down the space and slows down to approach the attacker.

2. The receiving player takes their 1st touch toward the gate on the opposite side of them and dribbles through, before rejoining the line.

3. The players restart the activity as soon as the receiving player has dribble the ball through the gate.

Coaching Points:

1. Speed of Approach - Get to the ball quickly but slow down on approach.

2. Angle of Approach - Deny penetration as you pressure and force them where you want them to go.

3. Body Position - slightly side on to the ball to force the attacker where you want them to go.

4. Body Shape - low, knees bent and on toes, side one.

5. Mentality - (a) Prepare for next action. (b) Patience to win the ball.

6. Technique - Block vs. Poke tackle.

7. Recognizing the attacking players - 1st touch, Awareness on the field, and body language.

Progressions:

(P1) - No ball / One gate. Defender looks to tag the receiving player on the shoulder. Speed of Approach.

(P2) - With ball / One gate. Defender looks to force the player out of bound, with his/her approach. Angle of approach / Body position.

(P3) - With ball / One gate. Defender looks to step in passing lane of target to cut off that option for the attacker, and then close down the space in between. Recognize where the target it. Deny opportunity to penetrate.

(P4) - Add two gates. Recognition of two target areas, which is more valuable. Speed of Approach / Patience to win the ball.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Defending: Conditioned Game

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Defending: Conditioned Game

Organization:

20 x 30 - two 20 x 15 grids combined.

Dimensions may adjust to increase speed of play.

Players in pairs.

One player in each half (attacking / defensive).

Attacking and defensive half connected by two gates.

Gate correlates to players pinnies.

Yellow team - Blue gate: pass / Yellow gate: dribble

Blue team - Yellow gate: pass / Blue gate: dribble

Endline gates are specific to where that team is looking to penetrate.

Instructions:

1. Same as before, however players are looking to play for points by dribbling through the gates or scoring in the goal.

2. One attacker and defender in each box.

3. Defenders can join the attacker if they dribble through the gate. They cannot join if they pass through the gate to connect to the attacking half.

4. Defenders must return to area if they lose possession or if the ball goes out.

Coaching Points:

1. Speed of Approach - Get to the ball quickly but slow down on approach.

2. Angle of Approach - Deny penetration as you pressure and force them where you want them to go.

3. Body Position - slightly side on to the ball to force the attacker where you want them to go.

4. Body Shape - low, knees bent and on toes, side one.

5. Mentality - (a) Prepare for next action. (b) Patience to win the ball.

6. Technique - Block vs. Poke tackle.

7. Recognizing the attacking players - 1st touch, Awareness on the field, and body language.

8. Target value. Recognizing which direction you want to push your opponent and whether that area gives you more time to regain possession. (Time to dribble vs. pass)

Progressions:

(P1) - Add goals.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Free Play

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Free Play

Organization:

Dimensions vary based on player attendance

3v3 or 4v4s depending on the numbers

1 ball in each game; Extras on the side

Instructions:

Free play.

Can players use what we learned in practice and apply it to the game?

Coaching Points:

1. Speed of approach - Get to the ball quickly but slow down on approach.

2. Body shape - low, knees bent and on toes, mirroring the attackers feet.

3. Mentality - Prepare for next action.

4. Mentality - Patience to win the ball.

5. Technique - Block vs. Poke tackle.

6. Pressure + Cover


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