Football/Soccer Session (U16): Defending principles

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Jamie Edwards
Name: Jamie Edwards
City: New York
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 8 points
Membership: Clerical Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): defensive movements

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defensive movements (15 mins)

Activity #1: Warm Up

Players then move from one end to the other performing defensive movements i.e. zig-zags, low stance, quick and short side-steps. They then pair up and one player becomes the attacker and one player is the defender facing each other. The attacker moves from side to side while moving forward and the defender must move backwards adjusting his body against these movements.Add a ball and make competitive


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Defending team plays

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Defending team plays (25 mins)

Activity 2: Defending team plays

Ball up to the attacking team and follows the pass to play 2v2. Attacking team try to dribble the ball over the end line. Defending team try to win possession back. If they win possession


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): defending

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defending (25 mins)

Activity 3

Set Up: Area - 25 x 45 yards. 3 goals set up across each end of the box.

Play 4v4 with 2 strikers positioned between the goals. 4 midfield players must try to play one of their strikers, who in turn must return it back to the midfield before they can score in one of the 3 goals. Strikers are limited to 2 touches. Midfield defensive unit must attempt to deny penetration to the strikers. Rotate strikers after a set time.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): defending

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defending (25 mins)

Activity 4

2 areas. Defensive area 25 yards. Midfield area 35 yards. 4v2 in defensive area, 5v4 in midfield area. 1 target man at end. Supply of balls at target man.

Play starts in the midfield in a 5v4 situation. They must attempt to play the ball to the strikers and try to score. Defensive unit must attempt to deny any penetration into the strikers. If defending players win possession they then must hit one of the target players quickly. 2 attacking players can then support with

one defensive midfield player tracking back.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 8 v 8 defending

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8 v 8 defending (30 mins)

Activity 5 - Final Activity

Set Up: 3 areas marked out. 2v1 in defending zones and 4v4 in midfield zone. Midfield zone is the largest in size due to this being the main theme of the session.

Players play in this formation although players are alllowed to move freely in and out of their areas. The only condition being that they go back into their area after the play breaks down (when a goal is scored). Free play.


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