Football/Soccer Session (Mixed age): U14 Session 1 : MDG - Defending in a Zonal Back 4

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Paul Inns, Adult Member

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Paul Inns
Name: Paul Inns
City: Newtown
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 7 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Multidirectional 4 Man Zonal Defence


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Screen 1 (15 mins)

Organisation

Split Players into two teams - blues and yellows - 8 players in the blue team and 4 players in the yellow team;

Create a 3 zone grid (white lines) as above, within each zone create 4 square areas 8x8yds (red lines);

Place blue team in out zones, one player per square. Likewise, place yellow players in the middle zone, one player per square;

Add a Server behind the end zones in which the blue players are located.

From the outset, no player - blue or yellow - may leave his designated square - blue players are however permitted to pass the ball to fellow players within their zone.

Aim

Blues players must seek to pass the ball from their zone, to a blue player in the opposite zone; Yellow players must seek to defend against that pass and intercept the ball where they are able;

If blue players manage to complete a pass to a blue player in the opposite zone, they must then pass the ball to the red server behind them, who in turn, passes the ball back to a blue player in the zone nearest to them, and the exercise is repeated;

If yellow players intercept the ball, they must seek to pass the ball to the red server they are facing. The red server then passes the ball to a blue player in the nearest zone.

Coniditons

All players must keep the ball below knee height.

Progressions

1. Blue players may move anywhere within their own zone - not restricted to their own square;

2. Blue players awaiting a pass are permitted to encroach within the yellow players sqaure, causing the yellow players to have to adjust their positioning accordingly.

3. Yellow players may move anywhere within their zone - not restricted to their own zone.

4. Introduce a competitive element by awarding the blue team 1 point for each successful pass out to a red server and the yellow team 2 points for each successful interception;

Key Technical Points

1. Yellow players - zonal marking. First Defender to press the blue player with the ball;

2. Second yellow defender to tuck in; third and fourth defenders to adopt a position slightly upfield than the second defender, but not as high as the pressing defender;

3. Yellow players encouraged to remain compact and shuffle from side to side within their squares, as the ball is moved across the blue player zones;

4. Good communication is essential - especially when a blue player moves across into a different square.

5. Dog Leg shape when the ball is played wide.


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As the blue team pass the ball along their zone, the First Yellow Defender presses the blue player in possession, and the other Yellow Defenders shuffle along to remain compact to reduce the Blue Players passing options.


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Pitch Line 1
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