Football/Soccer Session (U14): Defending with a zonal back four

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Christopher Hole, Adult Member

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Christopher Hole
Name: Christopher Hole
City: swansea
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 3 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Dynamic Warm up - 10 minutes

Function - 20 minutes

SSG - 25 minutes

Cool down - 5 minutes


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Setup

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Setup

Setup

2 teams of 8 split into 4 grids

The aim of the game is for black team to play between the blue unit to the black team, if blues win it back or if the black team go outside of their boxes the blue team will possession and play into the opposite blue team. Work primarily with zonal back 4 although can relate to midfield 4 also.

Progressions

- players have to stay in their own grid

- players can move anywhere

- players can only play through the units on their first touch

- blues vs reds 1 goal for blocking pass go through -1 goal for letting one through


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

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Screen 2

Scenario 1

As the ball is transferred throughout the grid players will close down tuck in and retreat as a unit. Communication is key to the unit acting successfully. As the ball is transferred the nearest man closes the ball showing him inside or outside. The other defensive players react to the press. 1 has made the initial press, 2 has tucked in to block the passing angle, 3 has tucked in nice and narrow blocking the pass inside and outside of him and 4 has provided cover behind 1.


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

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Screen 3

The outside players will look to shift the ball quickly to create openings, the defensive unit have to react to this instantly. As the ball is transferred to the right 2 presses the ball, 1 retreats to provide cover and block the passing angle, 3 provides cover blocking the passing angle while 4 tucks in.

If the press is performed correctly and as a unit the passing angles shown in green will all be shut off.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SSG

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SSG

The pitch is split into two as shown above by the blue flat disk markers, there should always be a back 4 vs a front 3 for both teams.

- the common player in yellow can play anywhere on the pitch and is on the team in possession at all times.

Progressions

1. back 4 must stay in their own half when in possession

2. full backs can join in when in possession to create a 5v4 against the defending team

3. take out the central blue flat markers.

Key defending points

- pressure on the ball

- when, how, where, who

- what happens to back 4 when ball is central, wide, in the defending teams half and the oppositions half

- communication

- angles and distances of support

- compact and narrow shape

- tracking runners

- decision making


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Movement
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Pass
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Pitch Line 1
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Pitch Line 3
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