Football/Soccer Session (U16): (YDP) Defensive balance & compactness

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Name: Alex Sabatini
City: kleinburg
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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): (YDP) Defensive balance & compactness

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(YDP) Defensive balance & compactness

Practice organisation

 Area 75x60yds divided into equal thirds, with half way line

marked & appropriate size goals, as illustrated.

 16 players (incl. 2GKs) arranged 8v8, 1 ball.

 Game is organised 4v4 in middle third & both teams have 3  

supporting players in their defensive third.

Practice starts with: GK rolls ball out to supporting player in

defensive third, who in-turn, looks to pass into midfield.

 Players look to shoot from long range, or break into attacking

third with numbers to play against 3 Defenders.

 Defenders gaining possession must play into midfield third.

When ball goes dead practice restarts with

opposite team GK rolling ball to Ds, who then look to pass into MF.

Detail

 Area can be modified, depending on numbers & age of players.

This should form part of regular practice content to develop

game understanding.

 On breakdown of play: MFs need to reorganise & retreat to

middle third as quickly as possible

Deciding quickly which player takes responsibility for opponents.

Role of pressing player.

 Role of the two other MF players in terms of cover & support.

 Change of responsibilities as possession passes between opponents.

 Marking opponents & passing on to other Defenders.

 Simple progression for this practice is:

- Employ man-for-man marking in MF.

Key coaching points

positions.

Challenging & pressurising opponent in possession.

Showing opponents into agreed areas or positions

in middle third.

 Preventing penetrating through passes.

 Covering the pressing player.

 Achieving (& maintaining) compactness both centrally & wide.

U12 – The player should be able to complete the Learning outcomes in 4v4 functional practices.

U13 – The players should be able to complete the Learning outcomes during under loaded functional practices

U14 – The players should be able to complete the Learning outcomes during under loaded functional practice and SSG

U15/16 – The players should be able to complete the Learning outcomes during under loaded functional practices and 11 v 11 games.


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