Football/Soccer Session (Beginner): ASE G03 Academy - Defending Principles I

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Justin Almquist
Name: Justin Almquist
City: Richland
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 2 points
Membership: Young Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm Up - Tag

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm Up - Tag
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Warm Up - Tag (20 mins)

Organization:

- 30 x 25 area set up as shown

- Scoring gates set up as shown

- 10 Players (5 Defenders & 5 Attackers)

- 5 balls (additional on outside)

Instructions:

- Arrange players in pairs with no ball. 1 player acts as Defender & 1 as Attacker

- Attackers aim to run through gates without getting tagged (can't run through same gate twice)

- Defenders look to jockey & stop Attacker running through gate

- On coaches command players switch roles - quick reaction!

Coaching Points:

- Use sidelines as extra defender

- Get on surfboard to make attacker predictable and go a certain way

- Speed & Angle of Approach - force attacker away & delay

- Body Position: low center, on toes, sideways on & always ready

- Timing - correct moment to tackle (tag/win ball)

Progressions:

P - If attacker is tagged, switch roles (transition)

P - Add a ball and defender tries to stop attacker from getting through gates

P - Competition - each players has 60 seconds to defend gates. Least goals conceeded wins!

P - If Defender gets foot on the ball they score a point


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 1v1's

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1v1's (20 mins)

Organization:

- 10 x 15 areas set up as shown (A & B)

- 10 players (1 Defender & 1 Attacker)

- 1 Ball (additional around outside)

Instructions:

- FIELD A: Attacker dribbles into the area & aims to score in Mini Goal. Defender enters at same time & aims to deny goal. If Defender wins ball they aim to dribble ball over opposite end line.

- FIELD B: Attacker stands with back to Defender with legs open. Defender passes ball through legs into area & defends. Attacker aims to turn and dribble through corner gates (cones). If Defender wins ball they can score in mini goal at opposite end.

Coaching Points:

- Close the ball down - deny penertration

- Speed & Angle of Approach - force attacker away & delay

- Body Position: low center, on toes, sideways on & always ready

- Timing - correct moment to win the ball (tackle)

- Reaction to Defend - Recovery run. Put Attacker under pressure.

- Denying Turns: Touch tight to attacker. Eyes on the ball. Ready to intercept!

Progressions:

P - After set time rotate groups around the fields.

P - Add 2nd defender coming from recovery run


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 4v4 with zones

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4v4 with zones (20 mins)

Organization:

- 20 x 35 area set up as shown

- 1/2 way line marked with cones

- 4 mini goals set up as shown

- 8 players (4 Defenders & 4 Attackers)

- 1 ball (Additional around the outside)

Instructions:

- Teams play regular 4v4 small sided game. Play pass in's instead of throw ins.

- If attacking team loses possession 1 player can press the ball while remaining teammates drops back into defensive half

- Teams aim to score into mini goals

Coaching Points:

- Reaction to defend

- Nearest player press the ball quickly

- Remaining team mates drop back & set up defensive block

- Defenders move with as the ball moves: slide, cover & support

- Defenders Be patient, Be focused & Be ready!

Progressions:

P – PRESSING! Defending team get bonus point if they win ball in Attacking half. Two players can be in opposing half: one to press and one to cover? double team?

P - Introduce offside line


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 2v2's

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2v2's (15 mins)

Organization:

- Two 30 x 15 channels set up as shown

- 12 Players (6 Attackers, 4 Defenders, 2 Goalkeepers/Targets) set up as shown

- 1 ball per attacker

Instructions:

- (A) Target player starts by passing ball to Attackers. As pass is played Defender can come out & defend 1v2.

- On Attackers first touch second "Recovering Defender" can enter the area & join the play 2v2.

- Attackers aim to pass ball back into Target Players. If Defenders win ball they aim to pass ball into opposite Target Player.

- (B) Same set up as (A) but now Attackers aim to shoot & score past goalkeeper. Defenders aim to pass ball into target

- After each attack Defenders & Attackers swap roles

- After set time groups swap fields

Coaching Points:

- Deny penetration & slow down the attack

- Close down quickly but do not commit

- Angle of approach from1st Defender. Isolate Attacker 1v1

- Recovering Defender get back quickly

- Correct moments to contain, tackle or double team

- Communication & support


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 4v4 - offset goals

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4v4 - offset goals (15 mins)

Organization:

- 25 x 35 area set up as shown

- 3 Mini Goals set up as shown

- 8 Players (4 Defenders & 4 Attackers)

- 1 Ball (Additional around outside)

Instructions:

- Teams play 4v4 SS Game. 1 team attacks a central goal. The other team attacks two wide goals.

- Team Defending 2 goals are encouraged to show Attackers inside the field

- Team Defending central goal are encouraged to show players outside to wide areas.

- After set time change ends. (10mins)

Coaching Points:

- Speed and angle of approach should force wide attacking players outside

- Angle and distance of 2nd defender should protect central space

- Ability to change roles quickly and correctly

- 2nd defender needs to keep both attackers in view

- Correct moments to tackle

- Communicate to 1st defender


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