Football/Soccer Session (U16): Coaching Central Backs Line Defending in Final Third

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Elliott Spruell, Adult Member

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Elliott Spruell
Name: Elliott Spruell
City: Fullerton
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 12 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical Warm Up

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical Warm Up
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Technical Warm Up

Organization:

4 vs 1 +1 in 1/3 field. Blue team-two central defenders (#4 and #5) and defensive center midfielder (#6) defend against red team- one forward and deep midfielder joining the play.

Activity:

-Red midfielders play back and forth until they play a ball into the red forward. Once the ball is played into the forward, the midfielder that played the ball joins into play. The red team goes to goal and the blue team defends and attempts to win the ball.

Variations:

-Opposite midfielder joins play

Coaching Points:

-Closest defender presses the ball. The other covers by sinking in behind, while the #6 covers the late arriving midfielder.

-Communication

-Attempt to keep play away from goal

-Stay connected.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Small Sided Activity

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Small Sided Activity

Organization:

5 +2 vs. 5 in 1/3 field. Red team plays a 2-3 while the blue team plays a 4-1. Balls will be restarted by coach.

Activity:

Red team plays to the big goal utilizing the aid of the two neutrals if needed. The blue team will look to play into the target for a point.

Variations:

Limit touches for neutral players.

Coaching Points:

-Communication

-Visual cues as when to step and when to drop

-Stay connected as a pair but also as a line.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Expanded Small-Sided Activity

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Expanded Small-Sided Activity

Organization:

8 vs. 8 in 2/3 field. Red team plays a 2-3-3 while the blue team plays a 4-3 a Balls will be restarted by red team or endline or by coach in the field of play.

Activity:

8 vs. 8. Red team attacks large goal and blue team attacks two small counter goal.

Variations:

Vary blue team's starting position.

Coaching Points:

-Utlizing visual cues to decide when to step and when to drop as a defense.

-Communication

-Staying connected as a center back pair but also with the backline, midfield, and goalkeeper.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Match

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Match

Organization:

11 vs. 11. Each team plays 4-3-3.

Activity:

11 vs. 11. No restrictions

Coaching Points:

-Communication

-Pressure/contain/drop according to visual cues

-Staying connected with back line, goalkeeper, and midfield.


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