Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): BCFC U11 Defending - Week 1

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Alistair Mallen
Name: Alistair Mallen
City: Oldham
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 0 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm up - ball mastery

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm up - ball mastery
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Warm up - ball mastery

Each player has a ball and performs ball manipulation moves/feints/turns under the direction of the coach

Focus is on executing the move/feint/turn with both feet and with disguise and acceleration

e.g. stepover, outside hook,

Ball juggling exercises to provide periods of active recovery, using various parts of the body

e.g. feet only, around the world etc


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Defensive Shadow Drill

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Defensive Shadow Drill

Set Up: Use as much space as possible, and have players 15 yards apart in pairs with one ball between them.

Activity: 1) Player passes ball out, and 2) sprints out in an arced run to "Close Down" attacker. 3) Defender "Slows Down" as they approach attacker so as to not outrun them, and "Shows Down" or gets into a staggered, side-on athletic stance. 4) Attacker dribbles and works on their moves going forward as defender SHADOWS them and works on pivoting as attacker moves forward and side to side.

Coaching Points: "Close down, Slow down, Show down, Shut down", close down run must be arced to take away one side of field, when defender pivots to adjust to attacker's advances, they must overcompensate and move to cut off other side from attacker. Don't take the ball away!


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

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2 v 2 defending

session organistaion

2 v 2 defending width of the penalty area

Work on first defender closing the ball down quickly and supporting position of the second defender in relation to where the first defender directs the forward player


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 3v3 Team Defending Game

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3v3 Team Defending Game

Focus - defending as a unit with Pressure, cover balance

Set Up: 30 x 25yards.Two goals. Cones along centre. 3v 3 Attacker v defenders.

Activity: Coach plays ball out towards attackers who try to score.Both teams enter pitch.

1st defender is the nearest to the ball - DELAY then PRESSURE.

2nd defender provides COVER.

3rd defender provides BALANCE.

If pressure defender is beaten, then covering defender must quickly come up to pressure, and initial pressuring defender re-COVERS.

If defenders win ball, they attack opposite side.

Progression - 4 v 3 overload. Add two more goals to make it more difficult.

Tips:

Close down - quickly, arch run to encourage attacker down the line

Slow down- as you close, don’t dive in, stay on feet, keep attackers head down

Low down- surf board position, on balls of feet

Show down- force away from danger zone


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