Football/Soccer Session (U11): Defending 2v2, 3v3

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Andrew Mcleod, Adult Member

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Andrew Mcleod
Name: Andrew Mcleod
City: EAST ORANGE
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 6 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 (15 mins)

Organization:

-20x30 grid with every player on a ball.

Instructions:

-Review defensive positioning and other individual defending points worked on the previous week.

-Players dribble around the area attempting to get to 50 touches as quickly as possible.

-After 50 touches, players leave their ball and find a new one to close down.

-Process repeats itself as players warm up and start putting unopposed pressure on the ball as the first defender.

Coaching Points:

- Slow down on approach to ball

- Smaller steps the closer you get to ball

- Bend knees

- What is good distance from the ball(attacker) when defending?

- Angle run to 'show inside' or 'show outside'

Progressions:


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Main Theme 1: 2v2 Defending

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Main Theme 1: 2v2 Defending (20 mins)

Organization:

-Two 20x20 grids

-2v2 defending in each grid

Instructions:

-2v2 defending in each grid, defender starts with the ball and plays it to the attackers feet.

-Defender must stop the attacker from bringing the ball into the "end-zone."

-Roles are switched once every player on the team goes once.

Coaching Points:

-Deny penetration

-Speed and angle of approach should force attacker into cover

-Angle and distance of 2nd defender

-Ability to change roles quickly and correctly

-2nd defender needs to keep both attackers in view

- Communicate to 1st defender

- Transition to attack

Progressions:

-Can move into 2v3 scenario, as demonstrated in right screen


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Main Theme 2: 3v3 Defending

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Main Theme 2: 3v3 Defending (20 mins)

Organization:

- 25x25 yard grid

-Pugg goal at each end

- 3v3 Defending in the grid

Instructions:

-Player from outside the grid plays it in to their teammate. Teams take turns defending 3v3, if the defending team wins the ball they can then go and attack the opposing team's pugg goal.

-If either team scores a goal the teams switch out and 3 new players come in on each side.

Coaching Points:

-1st defender applies pressure, 2nd defender applies cover, 3rd defender applies balance.

-Deny penetration

-Force attacking team to pass square, back or wide

-Ability to change roles quickly and correctly

-Keep the ball in front

-Win the ball when the unit is collectively secure

-Stay compact

-Communication is vital - early, brief and conscious

-Transition to attack

Progressions


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Free Play

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Free Play (30 mins)

Organization:

-40x40 grid with big goals.

-4v4 game

Instructions:

-Normal game, no restrictions

Coaching Points:

-Look at communication and work between first and second defender.

-Is first defender applying pressure, second defender applying cover.

-Constant communication and team defending is staying compact.

-See if team recognizes at any point who is the first and second defender.

Progressions:


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