Football/Soccer Session (U16): Back 4 and Mid 4 defending

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Stephen Merriwether, Adult Member

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Stephen Merriwether
Name: Stephen Merriwether
City: Lomita
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 1 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Small Sided `

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Small Sided ` (15 mins)

Organization: 40 x 44 yards. 9 blue bibs, 9 yellow bibs

Activity: Play 8 v 8 to Target players

Objectives:

1. Defend the targets

2. Work together as a unit

3. Make decisions as a unit

Coaching Points:

Communication

Pressure and deny penetraion

Visual Cues (head down, head up, time on ball)

Starting Positions

High Energy


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Small Sided 2

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Small Sided 2 (15 mins)

Organization: 70 x full width, 2 counter goals, big goal Line of Restrain

Activity: 8 v 6 w GK (4-4 v 3-1-2)

1 Restart from top of field

2 Regualr restarts

Variations:

1. Defending team must score on counter goal within 5 passes

2. Add a Mid fielder to atttack

Objectives:

1. MDF Must make the play predictable

2. Line of Restarin (blue line)

3. Keep the ball in front of the block of 8

Coaching Points:

Pressure or no pressure on ball

Back line decisions, sense of threat

shifting over to ball side

close space quickly/ making teams shape compact

CB's work together

MF's collapsing


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Expanded Small Sided

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Expanded Small Sided (25 mins)

Organization: End line to 18 x full width, 2 big goals, Line of Restraint, Line of Confrontation

Activity: 9 v9 w GK's (4-4-1 v 3-4-2)

Objectives:

1. Coordination of GK into Back 4 and defensive framework

2. 3 lines of defending, tight, compact, making playing through difficult

3. Recognize ball over top

4. FWD role in making play predictable/ Line of Confrontation

Coaching Points:

1. Technical functions of defending

2. principles of defending

3.organization, shape, communication

4. ball side, goal side


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