Football/Soccer Session (Beginner): MLS Academy Elite u9-u12 - Defending

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Matthew Hodgson
Name: Matthew Hodgson
City: Westmont
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 4 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Screen 1

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Screen 1

Players are running around in own box.

As soon as command is given players are to close down cone in opposite box and get into a low defensive position.

Key points

Speed of pressure

Curved/banana run

Stay low and balanced

Progression

1 Player has a ball

Same premise as before but now player adding pressure has to perform a poke challenge on player who has ball. Player is unopposed.


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

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Now we play 1v1

Attacking player must beat defender and do to end line. Point if they win

Defending player must make opponent lose ball by either forcing out of bounds for 1 point or stealing and gettting over end line for 2 points.

Key Points

Patience

Delay player

Deny space to go forward.


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

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SSG

Who pressures the ball?

When should we pressure the ball?

Where should we show the player in possession?


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