Football/Soccer Session (U13): Defending in different thirds of the pitch

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Name: Darren Arnott
City: Scarborough
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 5 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Arrival Activity & FIFA 11+

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Arrival Activity & FIFA 11+
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Arrival Activity & FIFA 11+

Team Learning Objectives

- 1v1 defending

- Session preparation

Session Organisation

- As shown, players broken into several 1v1 to be played in the same area

How to Play

- Players play 1v1, looking to retain possession

- Play to a time limit, player in possession at full time wins

Progressions

- Make it a competition

Incorporate FIFA 11+


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Lines of engagement/levels of pressure

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Lines of engagement/levels of pressure

Team Learning Objectives

- Gain an understanding of how to defend in different thirds of the pitch including individual and team roles and responsibilities.

- Specified for a 4-2-3-1.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Attacking third

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Attacking third
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Attacking third

Team Learning Objectives

- Winning the ball back quickly high up the pitch

- Recognising triggers/cues

*** Show inside to our numerical advantage

Session Organisation

- GK with back four and two central midfielders vs 3 forwards, attacking midfielder and two holding midfielders

How to Play

- Play begins with ball played out by keeper to red team who look to score through either gate/to target

- Blue team look to press the ball (level 1) and win back in front of goal to counter

Progressions

- Change starting position

- Targets can recycle play by playing long towards the red defense

- Add in wingers for red team

- Create a game realistic scenario: Losing 1-0 in a cup final with 15 minutes to play, for example

Tech/Tact Focus

- Body shape

- Angles of approach

- 1v1 and group defending

Physical Focus

- Closing down space

- Pressing and dropping

- Sliding

Social Focus

- Communication

- Organisation

Psychological Focus

- Concentration

- Reading the game

- Aggression/focus


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Middle Third

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Middle Third

Team Learning Objectives

- Remaining compact and patient whilst looking for opporunities to press the ball

- Recognising triggers/cues

*** Show inside to our numerical advantage

Session Organisation

- GK with back four and two central midfielders vs 3 forwards, attacking midfielder and two holding midfielders

How to Play

- Play begins with ball played out by keeper to red team who look to score through either gate/to target

- Blue team look to remain compact, dropping off and setting a trap (level 2) whilst looking for triggers to press

Progressions

- Change starting position

- Targets can recycle play by playing long towards the red defense

- Add in wingers for red team

- Add in full backs for blue team

- Create a game realistic scenario

Tech/Tact Focus

- Body shape

- Angles of approach

- 1v1 and group defending

Physical Focus

- Closing down space

- Pressing and dropping

- Sliding

Social Focus

- Communication

- Organisation

Psychological Focus

- Concentration

- Reading the game

- Aggression/focus


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

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Defensive Third

Team Learning Objectives

- Remaining compact and patient whilst looking for opporunities to press the ball

- Recognising triggers/cues

*** Show outside away from goal. Force play backwards and #2 and #3 deny crosses

Session Organisation

- GK/Target with midfield four and two strikers vs 2 wingers, attacking midfielder and two holding midfielders, back four and goalkeeper

How to Play

- Play begins with ball played out by target to red team who look to score

- Blue team look to defend deep (level 3) with bodies behind the ball, screening/blocking/intercepting and looking to counter into the shaded areas

Progressions

- Change starting position

- Add in full backs for red team (or more numbers for both team if available - ideally 11v11)

- Allow blues to counter to goal

- Allow target to play and to offer depth as a #5/6

- Create a game realistic scenario 

Tech/Tact Focus

- Body shape

- Angles of approach

- 1v1 and group defending

Physical Focus

- Closing down space

- Pressing and dropping

- Sliding

Social Focus

- Communication

- Organisation

Psychological Focus

- Concentration

- Reading the game

- Aggression/focus


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SSG

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SSG

SSG

- Encourage teams to recognise how to defend in relation to the area/third they are in.

- Observe to gauge players' understanding of reading the cues/triggers on when to PRESS or DELAY by remaining compact (setting a trap).

- Play various scenarios to test understanding/game management.


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