Football/Soccer Session (U9): Transition - defending principles

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Dominic Best
Name: Dominic Best
City: London
Country: United Kingdom
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Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 1v1

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 1v1
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1v1 (10 mins)

Set Up

1v1s

Attacker drives forward trying to dribble through one of 3 gates

2 points for middle gate

1 point for wide gates

defender gets point by winning ball and getting over red line

Purpose is once the ball goes out or point is one by defender or attacker, the attacker is now in a transition to which they immediately become the defender to an oncoming attacker.

Key Points

Defenders will be taught;

- "Delay" the speed of attack from opponent

- "Deny" Body Shape (blocking off two gates showing one to your advantage)

- "Direct" the attacker wide

- "Disposess" Technique of a tackle


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

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2v2 (10 mins)

Set Up

2v2s

Attakers are encouraged to combine or use clever movement of team mate to dribble in space created.

Defenders are now taught the principles of working together in transition.

-Pressure

-Cover

Orange cones either end are for the defenders retreat line they as soon as they see the attackers coming they go live.

Key Points

Same principles as the 1v1s in terms of the 4 Ds

- Delay their speed of attack, engaging the ball and limiting their options

- Deny - Body Shape should now "Direct" attackers to your partner who is covering you within a good distance (approx 4 yards)

- Disposess then comes from either the pressing player or the covering player.

This Principle repeats itself if the attacker gets past 1st player, they then should give their team mate cover as they will be pressing the ball

1st player that reacts, goes to pressure the ball

2nd player provides cover


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 3v3

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3v3 (10 mins)

Set Up

3v3s

4 Ds

Pressure and Cover principles

To be used within this set up also.

In addition will be the third player providing balance.

Key Points

1st player presses the ball

2nd player provides cover

3rd player gives balance to unit

prinicple of the 3rd player

- be able to give cover to second player, at the same time seeing the ball and oncoming attacking players.

- communicate with 2nd player to ensure distance of cover is correct

- positioning to view and account for oncoming players incase a pass is made. always ready to react

The roles between players 1,2 and 3 can always change and alternate so its important that players understand each role and are ready and focused to pick up the given role as quickly as possible to avoid attacking opportunities for opposition.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 3v3 end product

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3v3 end product (10 mins)

Set Up

3v3 with an end product

Aim for attacker is to score

Aim for defenders prevent the goal and counter attack

Key Points

Things to remember:

- 4Ds

- Pressure Cover

- Pressure Cover Balance

Diference now is for defending team to shape up in accordance to where the goal is.

individual and team shape should

1- block shooting line on goal ( player on the ball and anticipate players off it)

2- keep attackers infront

3- dictate the attack and make it easier to disposess without leaving a chance on goal.


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