Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Defending Crosses - Heading Practice (Start Time: 2014-08-19 19:00:00)

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Keith Healy, Adult Member

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Keith Healy
Name: Keith Healy
City: Dublin
Country: Ireland
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Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Defending Crosses

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Defending Crosses (25 mins)

Defending Crosses

Setup - Use the penalty area, extending the area to about 25 – 30 yards out. There are a total of 7 players, two defenders, a goalkeeper and one attacker. On the right and left hand side of the 18 yard area are two servers and another server in front of the penalty area, about 25 yards out. The servers are numbered, can move to vary the angle of serve and must serve the ball by throwing it. The coach calls which server will throw the ball to give the defenders and goalkeeper time to set themselves. The defenders and goalkeeper defend the crosses and the attacker tries to score.

Coaching Points - 1. Communication between defenders and GK

2. Defenders work as a pair, one attack the ball,one cover

3. Start position in relation to where the ball is served from

4. Get in the line and attack the ball down the line of the cross

5. Timing of run and jump

6. Select relevant defensive heading technique

7. After defensive header, readjust and reorganise

8.Squeeze up the pitch if possible after the ball has been headed clear


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Progression 1

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Progression 1

Progression 1 - In this example, server number 3 serves the ball to the near post area. The first defender attacks the ball and the second defender provides cover. The first defender should look to attack down the line of the ball and head the ball back in the direction it has come from, ideally with height and distance. Communication between the GK and defenders is vital


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Progression 2

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Progression 2

Progression 2 - The ball is now served to the far post area. The far post defender must adjust to the flight of the ball and in this situation use a flick defensive header to clear to safety. The goalkeeper needs to also adjust their position and the front post defender should spin after the ball has gone over their head to cover any attacking headers back across goal. Again communication between the defenders and GK is very important


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Progression 3

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Progression 3

Progression 3 - The central server now serves the ball. One of the defenders should look to attack down the line of the ball, looking for height and distance with the header, the other defender should provide cover. The defenders need to communicate early and clearly as to who attacks the ball and who covers.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Progression 4

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Progression 4

Progression 4 - After a defensive header has been made, it is important that the defenders and goalkeeper react quickly to re organise to defend the next cross. If the ball has been headed clear into space, the defenders should look to push up the pitch


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