Football/Soccer Session (U14): Defending with a zonal back four

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Jack Strudwick
Name: Jack Strudwick
City: Bradford
Country: United Kingdom
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Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Drill

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Drill

Set Up:

- (8v4+2) - Team of 8 split into to banks of 4 (orange) vs Defending Unit of 4 (Blue)

- Working with Blues (Session Focus on Defending with zonal back 4)

- 6x6 zones

- Important players retain shape/stay zonal both in and out of possession.

- Oranges must transfer ball from Orange team to orange team. If Blues gain posession they must find end player (Black), playing the way they are facing. End players recycles possession to Oranges.

Conditions:

1. All players must remain in designated zones. Only ball can be transfered between/across zones.

2. Oranges must retain possession/look for opportunity to transfer possession.

Key coaching points:

- Defender in zone opposite player in possession always pressurizes high (pressure on ball/player)

- Defender nearest (inside) to Player applying pressure must always be deepest of unit.

- 2nd CB/Furthest FB (angles/distance of support) - remain narrow and compact in shape.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Drill

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Triggers.

1. When Attacking Wide Player in possession, Full Back arcs run to 'cut off line' and apply pressure high (showing inside). - Central Player nearest to FB applying pressure must be deepest of unit (stop ball being transferred across zones).

2.Furthest FB from the ball able to enter next zone. (Look to discuss angles/distance of support to player(s) applying pressure on ball - Body should remain open/able to react to ball being transfered and movement in behind.

3. Players (attacking side) able to move across zones. (Key for defenders to remain aware of individual principles - who presurizes/becomes deepest player - Communication/Compact shape)

4.Players able to move into defensive zone (Both with/without the ball).

Defenders must become aware of movement behind also (Checking of Shoulder)

- Important to remain compact/shuffle as a unit to cut off supply/transfer of ball.


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

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Small Sided Game

Organization:

9v9

Teams align in 1-4-1-2-1

Instructions:

Regular Match.

If ball goes out of play always play from attacking teams goalkeeper

Coaching Points:

Communication and combining in defense.

Pressure - cover - balance.

Forcing attackers to one side.

Zonal Defending.

Important for the defending team to get back in shape as quickly as possible if the ball goes out of play.

Conditions/challanges-

Attacking ( orange team) -

Get the ball in behind the defence to try score a goal

Defending (blue team) -

Low amount of goals conceded

3 passes then a shot at goal


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