Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Defending

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Warren Jones
Name: Warren Jones
City: Manchester
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 2 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Session setup

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Session setup

Set up with a back four (in red) with a GK with the defenders start position on the 18 yard box. The blue team is 4 midfielders and a deep lieing midfilder.

If you have a bigger group of players double up the teams and work in waves with one team resting at a time.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Start point

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Start point

Start with on of the four midfielders playing in a lofted pass to any of the back four. The defender will clear the ball with height and length and get up the pitch as a unit to defend. The midfielders react on the defended header and attack the goals from their


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Shape

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Shape

Coach the defensive shape and force the play down the sides keeping a tight shape. make the attacking team play in front of you and slide across the pitch as a unit when the pass is on its way, covering each other.

Use the offside as the defence is overloaded. dont fall too deep in to the box.

Dont commit yourself to the tackle/ stayon your feet.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Progression

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Progression

Add a midfielder to the defending side, and add an extra midfielder/striker to the attacking side.

Use the offside as the defence is overloaded. dont fall too deep in to the box. Force the wide players wide and the defending midfielder should stop the pass being switched and pressure the player by making an arced run in to him threatening his pass back, making him go down the line, where the defensive unit can A. stop the cross and B. defend the cross.


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

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Progression 2

Add a 2nd defending midfielder, and coach him to screen the back four whilst the other midfielder trys to force the play one way. If the first midfielder fails to force the play down the outside and the ball comes out the other way, the 2nd midfielder has to work to force the ball down the side and then close off the switch back across.

If the ball goes backwards the back 4 should be moving up as a unit to try and compress the play and use the offside to their advantage.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Goalkeeper

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Goalkeeper

Goalkeeper

The goalkeeper is expected to field any passes through the defence which are coming in to the area highlighted as in pass 1. any balls played through which are going away from goal as in pass 2 are the defenders responsibility, depending on how far the pass travels.


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