Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): 1st/2nd defenders

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Name: Darren Russcher
City: Richmond
Country: Canada
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Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 1v1 without ball

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1v1 without ball (10 mins)

1v1 channels without a ball. Players run from one end to the other ina zig zag fashion to try to destabilize the defender. Defender tries to keep attacker in front of them and tag the attacker's knee.

Coaching points :

- body stance : low, angled with front foot established

- get close enough to reach out and touch the player

- don't change front foot. Shuffle feet quickly backwards


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 1v1 with ball

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1v1 with ball (15 mins)

!v1 channels with a ball. Play for a set period of time. Attackers try to get past the defender to get to end line to get a point. Keep track of points.

Coaching points :

- Close down, slow down, sit down (explain why each is critical)

- pressure to delay

- distance : close enough to touch

- foot position to ball : on outside of ball

- angled body shape with front foot established and loaded

- what determines which foot is fron foot? ( 1st touch direction or dominant attacking foot)


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 2v2 to target

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2v2 to target (20 mins)

2v2 to goal. Coach plays ball out to attackers who try to play to him or strike on goal for a point. If defenders win ball they can score into opposite goal. Keep track of points. Play for a set period of time, then switch roles.

Coaching points :

- 1st defender : DELAY (pressure)

- 2nd defender SUPPORT (cover)

- "elevators" (don't follow ball, switch roles as ball/player travels) 1 presses, 1 drops

- 1st defender shows attacker into supporting defender

- 2nd defender is close enough to deny penetration (dribble, pass, strike)

- 2nd defender body shape is open to bothe the ball and other attacker (1 and a half jobs)

- deny the middle areas of the field. Make them go sideways (predicatble)


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SSG

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SSG (30 mins)

5v5 SSG. No tackling. Can intercept passes & loose balls (build predicatbility)

Coaching points :

- close down, slow down (now important as many don't), sit down

- 1st defender pressures ball (closest player to ball is 1st defender)

- establish a front foot (don't be square and upright on approach)

- as ball travels, 1st & 2nd defender roles switch

- 2nd defender denies central penetration (dribble, pass or strike)

- 2nd defender body shape (open to ball & opposite attacker) 1 and a half jobs

- look to make attackers predictable (anticipation)

- group now stays compact (touch on compactness)

Debrief : talk about defending principles of delay, support and compactness. Important why? What are we trying to delay? What are we traying to get attackers to be (predictable)


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