Football/Soccer Session (First Team): Defensive Principles

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Nikos Manousarides
Name: Nikos Manousarides
City: Luton
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 101 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm-up

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Warm-up

Warm-up

Players are positioned in a 20x30 yard grid as shown in the diagram above.

Players pass and move continuously. No one-touch passing is allowed. Players must take a positive touch before passing the ball to a teammate. Players must get their studs on the ball (i.e. roll the ball with the sole) before passing. Players perform a Cruyff turn before passing. Perform a move and attack the space before passing. Perform ANY move before passing. Players...

receiving the pass are encouraged to point where

they want to receive the ball


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 4 v 4 + 2

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4 v 4 + 2

Activity 1

Set Up

Players are positioned in a 20x30 yard grid asshown in the diagram above. A 4v4 plus two 'floaters' is organized inside the playing area.

Objective

Both teams compete for possession of the ball. Emphasis is placed on the floaters determining the tempo of the game. Floaters are encouraged to either: Calm it down, Increase the tempo - play quick. Play slow.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): stepping in

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stepping in

Both (A) players act as attackers and pass the ball back and forth. The red defender must continually adjust his position as the ball travels. The mannequin acts as a stationary opponent for the defender. The attackers must attempt to hit the mannequin with a pass to score a point. The defender must mark the mannequin on the near-side shoulder.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 7 v 7 defending

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7 v 7 defending

Activity 4

Set Up

7 V 7 half field is used with an offside line at half field. Regular game with no restricitions but focusing on small group defending. Put your teams in a 3-2-1 and 2-3-1 formations.


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Movement
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Custom Movement
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Pass
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Pitch Line 1
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Pitch Line 3
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