Football/Soccer Session (First Team): Defending in Midfield Areas 2

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Neil Moore, Adult Member

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Neil Moore
Name: Neil Moore
City: Bristol
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 0 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Individual Defending

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Individual Defending

Organisation

Half pitch including goal, with channel, width of penalty area, marked by cones to half way.

Players work in 3's, supply of balls with Server (S1)

Practice starts with server feeds ball into Attacking MF player in back half of centre circle

MF plays to striker who looks to either come short and receive, or spin and look for pass alongside or behind the defender.

If A comes short and into centre circle; D cannot follow so enabling A to turn and run at D.

If striker decides to come short and spin away from D without entry into centre circle then he is marked as in a game.

If D gains possession : ball is returned to server with a accurate pass.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Individual Defending

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Individual Defending (20 mins)

Detail

Patience, balance, speedy footwor, low body position when being attackedin 1v1.

Shoulders forward, weight on balls of feet to enable twisting and turning to combat A's movement with ball at his feet.

Reading both intent of player in possession of ball and movements to receive ball by A

Key Points

D to read intention of A's movement

D to track striker's runs, remaining goal side

D looks to dictate direction of play with good postioning in 1 v1 situation

Anticipate shots, reading A's body shape and be in postion to block shot

Absorb speed in 1 v1 run of A by being side-on to deal with quick turn and sprint.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SSG

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SSG

Organisation

SSG 8 V 8 (50 by 70 yards)

Formation 3 – 2 – 2 for both teams plus GK.

Start: Midfielder D1 plays ball out of feet and passes ball into the opposing GK who in turn may feed any player by hand

Work on defending with team D (defenders)

Progressions- adjust start position (e.g. A1 gives ball away to one of the midfield A’s) - allow GK to kick ball out.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SSG

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SSG (30 mins)

Key Factors

Pressure nearest player to the ball (e.g. D2 and D3 press the full backs)

Prevent forward passing

Decision making- Can I close down the final few yards? Can I intercept?

Slow down on approach. When to press and when to drop.

Technique of tackling- sideways on body position and stay on your feet.

Feint to tackle, focus on the ball.

Patience and timing

Body shape- low sideways on and decide whether to show inside or outside.

Can you direct the attacker towards a supporting defender who can help you? Recover from wrong side of the ball.

Tracking runs Compactness- make play predictable.

Keep to a defensive triangle – see the player - see the ball - see the goal.

Communication- clear and concise


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