Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Defending - Out of Balance (U15) (Start Time: 2015-03-24 18:00:00)

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Sarah Fawcett, Young Member

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Sarah  Fawcett
Name: Sarah Fawcett
City: Leeds
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 1 points
Membership: Young Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

U15 Girls Centre of Excellence

Practice Goal for the coach:

To develop player knowledge and understanding of how to defend as an individual and as a unit when outnumbered in a game situation. Principles of defending will be a key factor in coaching delivery.

Practice goals for the players:

1. Understand the correct defensive/marking position to adopt

2. Understand when to press, delay and deflect attacks (recognise the danger)

3. To be organised as an individual/unit and confident to regain possession when in an outnumbered situation.

Duration of pre-activity session: 30 minutes (6-630pm)

Using the wipeboard; brain storm how we defend out of balance and which defending principles of play are important and why. This will be an open discussion for all players to have an input, ask questions and self reflect.

Duration of Field Session: 1 hour 30 minutes (630-8pm)

Number of players: 14

Equipment: pinnies, cones, 4 goals, flat disc markers for pitch dividers, first aid kit

Area size: 60 x 40 yards

Facility: Turf field at York College, York, England

Role of Assistant Coach: Ball feeder, time keeper, assisting with coaching points and interactions.


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

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm Up Activity & FIFA 11+
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Learning Objectives

Technical Technical
defensive positioning, quick realisation and reactions to movement of players
Technical Tactical
Press or drop/delay - how to defend individually
Technical Physical
agility, balance, strength, quick and explosive
Technical Psychological
Decision Making - mark player or space?
Technical Social
Communication If 2nd defender, understanding individual role

Warm Up Activity & FIFA 11+ (20 mins)

Practice Organisation

- As shown

- Small groups compete in varying numbers up/down situations

- Teams look to win the ball and maintain possession

Progressions

- Rotate the roles of the players so all can experience playing numbers down

Challenges

- TRY TO...

- Cut out the pass between the attacking players

- Read the trigger to PRESS or DROP/DELAY

- Work hard to narrow angles

Incorporate: FIFA 11+ warm up


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 2 v 1 - Outnumbered

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Learning Objectives

Technical Technical
How can the marking position you take up help you? deny the space and deflect the play
Technical Tactical
understand how to defend individually when outnumbered
Technical Physical
balance, strengthm quick and explosive
Technical Psychological
decision marking - mark player or space?
Technical Social
competitive - points for goals scored

2 v 1 - Outnumbered (15 mins)

Practice organisation

- Groups of three (if extra players have 4/5 per group)

- 2 attackers vs 1 defender

- Attackers cannot score until beyond blue line

- Defenders score with pass through small counter goal

- Players rotate roles

Challenges

- TRY TO...

- Cut out the pass between the attacking players

- Block the ball carriers route to goal

- Be brave and commit to blocking passes and shots

Detail

- Assess the threat

- Decision on when to press ball carrier to create 1v1

- Stay between ball and goal

Key Coaching Points

- Delaying tactics

- Use of offside strategy

- Blocking route to goal


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Defending when outnumbered

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Learning Objectives

Technical Technical
defenders marking position, players and space can afford to leave (defending principles of play)
Technical Tactical
how to defend collectively - press and cover
Technical Physical
quick, explosive, strength, timing, balance
Technical Psychological
mentally adaptable and tactically capable in the defending circumstance
Technical Social
communication as a defensive unit, competitive, team work

Defending when outnumbered (20 mins)

Practice Organisation

- Area 60x40yds set out in equal thirds with goals at each end, as illustrated

- 14 players, (inc. gks), with defenders out numbered 2v3 in each end third.

Practice starts with:

- Neutral players in mid third, serve ball into attackers and support play from behind, without entering end third

Objective of practice:

- D's play out-numbered to prevent A's from scoring, gain possession and pass into N's to score.

- Rotate roles of players

Challenges

- TRY TO...

- Cut attacking players out of the game through your approach to the ball

- Recognise dangerous areas that need protecting in front of goal

- Be brave and commit to blocking passes and shots

Detail

- Distance between 2D's when being attacked by three opponents

- Communication, changing roles and working with GK as sweeper

- Deflecting attacks away from central goal scoring areas

- Balanced, controlled 1v1 defending skills

- D's indentifying chance to counter attack

Progression

- N serves and joins as either additional attacker, or recovering defender

Key coaching factors:

- Blocking shots

- Pressing ball carrier, delaying and deflecting attacks

- Press and cover

- Winning ball and countering


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Defending with an imbalance of numbers

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Learning Objectives

Technical Technical
defenders marking position, players and space can afford to leave (defending principles of play)
Technical Tactical
how to defend collectively and regain possession - pressure and cover
Technical Physical
quick, explosive, strength, timing, balance
Technical Psychological
mentally adaptable and capable in a variety of defending circumstances
Technical Social
communication as a defensive unit, competitive, teamwork

Defending with an imbalance of numbers (30 mins)

Practice organisation

- Area 60x40yds set-out in three areas with goals at each end, as illustrated.

- 14 players (incl. 2GKs), with Defenders initially having a 3v2 advantage in own half.

Practice starts with:

- GK rolls ball-out to Attacking team.

- Play has to build through mid area, with one A able to enter to make 3v1.

- Play moves into D’s half with 2A’s able to join-in & make 4v3 advantage.

- D’s have to prevent A’s from scoring whilst outnumbered.

- If D’s gain possession: they look to quickly counter-attack opponents.

- Roles of players changes when play is reversed.

Challenges

- TRY TO...

- Create even numbers (or numbers up) situations and press to win the ball

- Stop the attackers switching the play

- Be brave and commit to blocking passes and shots

Detail

- Allocation of marking & covering roles when having defensive advantage.

- Early decisions as to who confronts the player in possession when ball enters defending third & roles of other D’s.

- Pressing ball & deflecting attacking play away from central goal scoring areas when outnumbered.

- Constant changes of role & responsibility.

- Maintaining safe defensive structure when counter-attack is initiated.

Simple progression for this practice is:

- D from middle zone can recover to the defending zone, to make 4v4.

Key coaching points

- D’s organise strategy with numerical advantage of 3v2.

- Quick re-organisation required to deal with numerical disadvantage of 3v4.

- On gaining possession: quick adjustments necessary to initiate counter-attack.

PROGRESS TO A SMALL SIDED GAME

- Incorporate all prior points

Debrief of session:

-2-3 minutes

-summary of session through guided questions


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