Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Defending

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Frank Greenawalt
Name: Frank Greenawalt
City: Riverside
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 20 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
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Technical Warm Up (15min)

Fast footwork, stretch

juggling in pairs, stretch

1 v 1's

Small sided activity (10min)

4 v 2's

Cp's- Angle of approach, immediate pressure, stern tackles- 4v2's(5v2's if necessary)Communicate, work as a group, pressure cover


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Expanded small sided

5 v 3 into 3v3 + 2N

Cp's-Defensive priniciples(compactness, communication, pressure-cover-balance, line of confrontation(Explain where in the field this situation can happen 4/5 v 3)


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2nd Expanded small sided activity

5v3's- 5v4's functional

How to press in different areas of the field

Field can be set up differently

Add a grid for midfield defending

Give defensive teams a timed goal (ex. 10seconds to win the ball)

Cp's-Communicate, work as a unit, execute defensive principles, high intensity for short periods of time to win the ball


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Final Activity

Play with the highest numbers allowed by field restraints

6 v 6, 9 v 9's or 11 v 11 (give formations)

Give teams defensive responsibilities

Yellow is demonstrating LOW PRESS

Cp's-Communicate, Read eachother, find/define line of confrontation, attention to dead balls (concentration needs to peak then, it is not resting time), Posession can be used as a defensive tool.


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