Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): U13/14 Ch Pressure Cover Balance (Week 8 session 1)

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David Knapp, Adult Member

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David Knapp
Name: David Knapp
City: Asheville
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 1 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Juggle/Dribble/Dynamic Stretch

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Juggle/Dribble/Dynamic Stretch (10 mins)

Warm Up:

Use dribbling skills and juggling skills to get the players moving and within their skill work incorporate dynamic stretching to prepare their bodies for the upcoming training session.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 3v2 Pressure Cover

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3v2 Pressure Cover (20 mins)

Use a grid 30x20, where players are split into two teams. One team defends a big goal with 2 players against the opposing team that plays with 3. Team with 2 can score on either of two counter gates if they win ball. Team with 2 initiates the game by passing the ball into opposing team.

Coaching Points:

-Communication - must know who is closing down, who provides cover.

-Which way to force attacker


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 4v4 Small Sided to gates

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4v4 Small Sided to gates (25 mins)

In a 4v4 setting, split the teams up evenly and have 2 goals Each with a goalkeeper. Players initiate the game with a pass forward toward their target player. Once the game is initiated all four attackers try to score while 4 defenders try to win the ball and counter attack.

Coaching Points:

-Communication - must know who is closing down, who provides cover.

-Which way to force attacker

1) Cover 1st def in case they're beat on dribble

2) Cover if ball is passed to 2nd attacker

3) Cover angle to cut off direct shot


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 6v6 + GK

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6v6 + GK (20 mins)

Using a half of a 11v11 field or available space, play 6v6 with one team defending a big goal and the other defending two counter goals. Team defending big goal plays with 4 defenders and 2 CM's.

Coaching points:

-Recognize who and when to apply pressure/cover down.

-Who should provide cover (there may be more than one cover defender)

-Balance - often times deender on far side of field away form ball.

-Open stance to see both player and ball

-Concerned more about dangerous space opposed to man marking

-Transistion - after you win, should play out to small gates that represent outlets.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 7v7

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7v7 (15 mins)

Play a game at end to big goals, be sure to emphasize session topics in game play using a coaching in the game technique.


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