Football/Soccer Session (U16): Coach central defenders to defend as a unit

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Gavin Bowen, Adult Member

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Gavin Bowen
Name: Gavin Bowen
City: Wrexham
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 2 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
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 (10 mins)

1. Players jog across the pitch either or in pairs, with or without a ball, or in pairs passing the ball.

2. Players get into pairs for short passing, 1 or 2 touch with lateral movements.

3. Players perform dynamic stretches whilst moving forwards & backwards

4. Players perform 2 minutes of 15 yard runs.

5. Players back in pairs for long passing, individuals doing dynamic match related work, Wingers & FB's, 3-4 short sharp passing then turn explosively. Strikers do shooting

6. Players perform 2 x 15 yard sprints.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Function

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Function
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Function (15 mins)

Set - up

Mark out a central area of the pitch as shown.

Attackers v Defenders in a 2 v 2, with two servers

Servers can pass to each other before playing to attackers (blue) who must attempt to turn and score, by gettimg the ball past into the 18 yard box.

If defending team win the ball can they play to either server

Progression

Allow the server who didnt play the pass in join the attck to create a 3 v 2.

Key Points

- GK's start position on edge of the 6 yard box

- Does the nearest defender close down the attacker?

- Does the defender travel to the attacker as the ball is travelling towards him from the Server. Slow down on approach, body position, show him away from the goal. Decision making? Can he intercept the pass / win the ball.

- When one defender challenges does the other provide support? Can this defender still see his man, incase attacker passes, does he hav correct angles and distances to close down attacker should he get past first man? Is he close enough to close other attacker down if the ball is passed.

- Communication between GK and CD

- Recovery runs, do defenders get back behind defensive partner and switch attackers.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SSG

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SSG (30 mins)

Set - up

8 v 8

Both teams play a 2-3-2

If yellow team win possession can they play long / direct to there strikers.

Key Points

- Do defenders attempt to see the ball, man and goal? Or at least two of the three?

- Do the defender closed to attacker close him down.

- Attempt to stop the defender from turning to shoot, force him back

- If the attacker passes the ball, do defenders react to there movements.

- Whilst the ball is travelling is the defenders trigger to close attackers, correct stopping distance, approch angle, do they attempt to show the attacker away from goal, does the defender show patience and timing if trying to win the ball.

- Do the CB's play compact as to no allow a ball to be played in behind them.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Cool down

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Cool down (5 mins)

Players perform 1 minute of light jogs

Then 3 minutes of stretches (dynamic & static)

Then another 1 minute of jogs


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