Football/Soccer Session (U12): Principles of Defense

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Elliott Spruell, Adult Member

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Elliott Spruell
Name: Elliott Spruell
City: Fullerton
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 12 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm-Up

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm-Up
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Warm-Up

Organization:

Eight players with three to four balls amongst the group.

Activity:

Each player passes a ball and applies pressure to the ball using the correct defensive angle and speed.

Variations:

Within groups of two with one player will play the ball to their partner and then defend the line behind them. The offensive and defensive players will rotate rolls after each pass. Always start with a transition.

Coaching Points:

-Show direction

-Angle/speed of approach

-Delay

-Keep the player in front of you

-Transition


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Small Sided Activity

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Small Sided Activity

Organization:

Set up an area on the field with one goal keeper. Attackers, defenders, and goal keepers all rotate

Activity:

With a coach starting play, players play 1 v 1 to goal. The shooter becomes goalkeeper, and the goalkeeper moves to attacker.

Variations:

Add a second defender and forward creating a 2v2 game

Coaching Points:

-Approach and speed of pressuring run

-Try to win the ball if not delay


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Expanded Small-Sided Activity

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Expanded Small-Sided Activity

Organization:

Set up an area on the field 45x35 with two goals. With goal keepers, and two teams of 5v5.

Activity:

Teams play 3 vs. 2 in two zones. Players can cross the zone when an entry pass is made into the attacking half of the field.

Variations:

-Ball must be played into a forward before a shot is taken.

-Once the ball is played into a forward a defender from the same team can transfer to the attacking half of the field to make it a 3 vs 4 situation. Restrict the defender entering into the attack to one of three that did not play the pass in to promote third runners.

Coaching Points:

-Pressuring defender gives a visual cue to the rest of the teammates, who will react to the ball.

-This activity will create 1v1 situations and show the supporting defensive players their roll in the defensive scheme.

-Pressure, cover, balance

-When to step and win the ball? When to contain? When to double team?


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Match

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Match

Organization:

Set up an area on the field 45x35 with two goals. 5v5 with goal keepers.

Activity:

5v5 with goal keepers

Coaching Points:

-Pressuring defender gives a visual cue to the rest of the teammates, who will react to the ball.

-This activity will create 1v1 situations and show the supporting defensive players their roll in the defensive scheme.

-Pressure, cover, balance

-When to step and win the ball? When to contain? When to double team?


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