Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): ALITHSA Arsenal: Defending #3

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Dean Smith, Young Member

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Dean Smith
Name: Dean Smith
City: Schaumburg
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 0 points
Membership: Young Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

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ALITHSA Arsenal defending indoor defending session, focusing on denying shots at goal and winning arial battles.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Station #1 - Blocking Shots

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Station #1 - Blocking Shots
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Station #1 - Blocking Shots (15 mins)

Blocking Shots:

- Set up as shown in diagram, 1/2 players start as def and 1/2 as attackers (blue)

- Defender plays pass to blue attacker and attempts to get body in front of the ball and block shot

- Attackers receives and trys to get shot off, must take at least one touch before shooting

- Shooter joins defening line, defender joins attacking line

COACHING POINTS:

- Get goal-side of ball and deny shot

- Angle of run to block shot in getting goal-side of ball

- Distance when goal-side: don't sell yourself but don't allow shot


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Station #2 - 3v4 defending

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Station #2 - 3v4 defending (10 mins)

3v4 Defending big goal: Defending in small group - denying shots

- Set up as shown in diagram

- 4 attackers in blue (one in each shaded area), wide attacking players must stay in wide area

- 3 defenders attempt to stay compact and deny shots at goal

- Wide players can only take 2 touches and they CAN shoot

- If defender blocks a shot they get a goal; if they win ball and pass to coach (in green) between the poles they get two goals.

- Rotate the 3 defenders and attacking players

- If ball hits the boards, the attack is dead, coach plays in a new ball

COACHING POINTS:

- Stay compact

- Do NOT allow shooting lanes

- Don't sell yourself but get close enough to deny shot

- Communication for pressure and cover


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Station #3 - Heading Challenge

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Station #3 - Heading Challenge (15 mins)

Heading Challenge:

- Start out by having players head ball back to the sever and go to a different sever so that they get comfortable heading the ball (servers challenge inside player with service that makes the player jump for header).

MAIN ACTIVITY

 - Set up in groups of 3 (number players 1-3); #1 serves first

- Numbers 2 & 3 compete aganst each other with arial balls; they go to a sever who throw balls in the air, compete with header and then go to another server.

- If a player gets his head on the ball first he gets a point, if he heads ball back into severs hands, he gets two points.

- Play for 90 sec then rotate server

COACHING POINTS:

- Timing of run & Win space early

- Use arms for leverage and space

- Eyes on ball, head up, watch ball leave head


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