Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Shielding

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Matt Schiffer
Name: Matt Schiffer
City: Belchertown
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 0 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

1v1 Shielding Techniques. A high percentage of 1v1 game situations start with the attacking player's back to the defender.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warmup

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Warmup

1v1 Shielding

Simple shielding exercise.

Organization:

- Groups of 2

- 1 ball per group

How to Play:

- Attacking Player starts with ball, back to defender

- Play rounds of 20-30 seconds

- On coach's signal, attacking player begins shielding the ball

- Player that has ball at end of round is winner. Switch attacking player each round.

Coaching Points:

- One foot next to ball, other foot behind at an angle

- Always face the ball

- Arms out, Create barrier between defender & ball


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Progression

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Progression

Shielding Grid

Game starts with passive defender, progressing to full pressure.

Organization:

- Set up a small grid

- 6 players. Need multiple balls.

How to Play:

- Game starts with 2 players inside the grid. Start with passive defender to allow the attacking player to be successful in shielding skill.

- Progression: full defensive pressure

- "Keep Away" Shielding game, 30-45 second rounds. Outside players have extra balls to keep the game moving. Player with ball at end of round is the winner.

Coaching Points:

- High Work Rate

- Focus on shielding techniques to keep possession


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Final Game

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Final Game

1v1 to Goal

A high percentage of 1v1 situations near goal start with attacking player's back to the defender. To improve attacking skills, you must improve your shielding and turning skills.

Organization:

- Separate group into 2 teams

- Defending team start near goal, Attacking team start outside penalty box.

How to Play:

- Coach serves balls

- Attacking player starts with back to defender. Must attempt to turn and beat defender to goal.

Coaching Notes:

Objective is to apply what you have learned during our shielding session. We are adding in turning and attacking the goal.


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