Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Defending Principles - Individual, Group & Team Defending

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Jose Manuel Figueira
Name: Jose Manuel Figueira
City: Auckland
Country: New Zealand
Rank: Elite – 4 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Part I: Defending in Pairs

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Part I: Defending in Pairs
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Part I: Defending in Pairs

Organization

- 18 x 18 area set up as shown

- 6 players (4 Attackers & 2 Defenders)

- 5 x 5 central zone marked as shown

- 1 Target Ball place on cone inside central zone

- 1 Ball in play

Activity

- Attacking Players who play on two touch maximum aim to circulate the ball around the outside of area & shoot the ball off the cone in the central target zone

- Defenders must work together to move as the ball move & block any potential shots at the ball

- Attackers can pass the ball in any direction around or across the area

- After a set time rotate the Defenders out

Coaching Points

- ANGLES: approach the Attacker/ball with purpose & correct body shape/angle

- AGGRESSIVE: defend as a pair with agression & skill. Intensity & focus when defending

- CONNECTED: keep together as a pair & communicate to ensure you stay/work together

- INTERCHANGE: Pressure (1st Defender) & Cover/Support (2nd Defender) at all times

- INTERCEPT: be alert & ready for shot coming in. Observe Attackers body shape for clues?

Progressions

P - If Attackers make 6 passes they score a point. Defenders score points if they force mistake


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Part II: Defending as a Unit

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Part II: Defending as a Unit

Organization

- 18 x 18 area set up as shown

- 8 players (5 Attackers & 3 Defenders)

- 5 x 5 central zone marked as shown

- 1 Target Ball place on cone inside central zone

- 1 Ball in play

Activity

- As in Part I Attacking players aim to circulate the ball around the outside & aim to shoot the ball off the cone in central area

- Attackers can also use team mate in middle to circulate and/or shoot the ball off cone

- Defenders work as a unit to deny circulation, cut out passes into team mate & block shots

Coaching Points

- ANGLES: approach the Attacker/ball with purpose & correct body shape/angle

- AGGRESSIVE: defend as a pair with agression & skill. Intensity & focus when defending

- CONNECTED: keep together as a unit & communicate to ensure you stay/work together

- ROLES: Pressure (1st Defender), Cover (2nd Defender) & Balance (3rd Defender)

- INTERCEPT: be alert & ready for shot coming in. Observe Attackers body shape for clues?

Progression

P - If Attackers make 6 passes they score a point. Defenders score points if they force mistake

P - 2nd Attackers can move into the playing area to create a 3v2


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Part III: Defending as a Unit 3v3

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Part III: Defending as a Unit 3v3

Organization

- 30 x 30 playing area split into two, set up as shown

- 10 Players (3 Attackers & 3 Defenders active)

- 4 Mini Goals set up as shown

- 1 Ball (additional on outside)

Activity

- Players are split into two teams & play 3v3 across two fields

- Attacking team start with the ball & enter playing area with the aim to score in mini goals at opposite end

- Attacking players are free to move anywhere across the playing area (both fields)

- Defending players are numbered 1-3. Players 1 & 3 must stay on their ide of field while Defender 2 can move between fields to assist & provide support

- If Defending team with the ball the roles are reversed & they now aim to score at other end

- Play continues until a goal is scored or ball goes out of play. After set time rotate players

Coaching Points

- PRESSURE: close down the space quickly & deny penertration

- DIRECT: try to dictate the play one way & make it predictable

- CONNECTED: keep together as a unit & communicate to ensure you stay/work together

- ROLES: Pressure (1st Defender), Cover (2nd Defender) & Balance (3rd Defender)

- MENTALITY: keep on task & focused as a unit. Be patient & wait for right time to win ball

Progression

P - Defenders pass ball out toAttckers to begin play

P - Time limit for Attackers to score (Block)

P - Time limit for Defenders to win the ball (Press)


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Part IV: SSG 4v4

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Part IV: SSG 4v4

Organzation

- 30 x 40 area set up as shown

- 10 Players (4 Attackers, 4 Defenders & 2 Goalkeepers)

- 2 Full Size & 4 Mini Goals set up as shown

- 1 Ball (additional on outside)

Activity

- Players are split into two teams & play 4v4 inside the playing area

- The goals are numbered 1-4 & each team aims to score in allocated goals

- To start one team attacks goals 1 & 2 while the other attacks 3 & 4

- Teams must react quickly to loss of possession & try towin ball back quickly

- Each goal requires a different defensive approach

- After set time change goals teams attack

Coaching Points

- PRESSURE: close down the space quickly & deny penertration

- DIRECT: try to dictate the play one way & make it predictable

- CONNECTED: keep together as a unit & communicate to ensure you stay/work together

- ROLES: Pressure (1st Defender), Cover (2nd Defender) & Balance (3rd Defender)

- MENTALITY: keep on task & focused as a unit. Be patient & wait for right time to win ball

Progression

P - Award Defenders bonus point if they win the ball back within certain time limit (6secs)

P - Change the goals teams attack during the game. Must adjust quickly!


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