Football/Soccer Session (U10): Verona - U9 Girls - Defending

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Brittain Wagner, Adult Member

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Brittain Wagner
Name: Brittain Wagner
City: Summit
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 1 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm Up: Knee Slap

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm Up: Knee Slap
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Warm Up: Knee Slap (15 mins)

Organization:

- 12x12 boxes

- 2 players in each box

Instructions:

- Players start by slapping hands

- Players attempt to slap their opponents knee for a point.

- If a player is pushed out of the area, his opponent receives a point.

- After each points scored, players slap hands to restart game

- Play for 30 seconds - 1 minute

- Keep track of points

- League table: winners move up, losers move down.

Coaching Points:

- Body shape

- On toes / Bent knees

- Consequences of diving in

- Feint to unbalance opponent / create scoring opportunity

Progressions:


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Main Activity 1: 1v1 Defending

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Main Activity 1: 1v1 Defending (20 mins)

Organization:

- Same organization as previous slide, however players are in corners of the square, diagonal from each other as shown.

- One player with a ball.

Instructions (passive defender):

- Players play 5 passes back and forth to one another.

- On the 5th pass, the player receiving stops the ball and the passing player closes down (1)

- Once the defending player closes the space, the player with the ball dribbles while changing direction every few touches until they reach the opposite corner of the square (2)

- Once reaching the opposite corner, the defender retreats to opposite corner, player w/ ball plays pass and process repeats.

Coaching Points:

- Close space quickly, smaller/shorter steps as you approach defender. Can I get attacker's head down?

- Bent run: make play predictable

- Distance between player w/ ball and yourself: based on defender's / attacker's speed and quickness

- Jockey: how (body shape) / maintain comfortable distance - close enough to win ball if needed

- When to tackle / How to tackle

Progressions:

- Attacker takes heavy touch, defender wins ball

- Go live, attacker must touch cone w/ ball


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Main Activity 2: 1v1+1 Defending

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Main Activity 2: 1v1+1 Defending (25 mins)

Organization:

- 24x12 yds

- 4 players (2 nuetrals in defensive half (N) / 2 fully live)

Instructions:

- Players go to goal and can only use the nuetral in their defensive half (as shown)

- Play for 2 mintues, switch roles (physically demanding activity)

- Nuetrals cannot score

Coaching Points:

- Starting Position: Deny penetration, Close enough to pressure (judging distance), Body shape (see both attackers).

- Reading Body Shape: Head up / down (cannot see me, therefore I can close space as ball travels.

- Can I intercept pass?

- Can i cut nuetral out to create 1v1?

- Should I drop off?

- Returning to proper starting position if I allow pass back to nuetral.

- Can I squeeze poor pass back to nuetral and cut out live attacker (squeeze nuetral player)?

- Feint to cause bad touch / opportunity to win ball.

Progressions:

- Manipulation of touches by either attacker to reduce / increase speed of play or get defending scenario players need to work on.

- Unrestricted: 2v2


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Movement
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Custom Movement
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Pass
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Dribble
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