Football/Soccer Session (Difficult): Defensive Principals

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Craig Filer, Young Member

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Craig Filer
Name: Craig Filer
City: Melbourne
Country: Australia
Rank: Elite – 1 points
Membership: Young Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

3rd Defender Role - Support. Preventing forward penetration. Team defensive organization & defending from the front. Pressing & counter pressing.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Pressing Warmup

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Pressing Warmup
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Pressing Warmup (10 mins)

SetUp

10x10 Diamond

Organization

Ball starts with player 1. Player 1 passes to player 2. While the ball is travelling player 3 sprints to press player 2. Player 2 then plays to player 4, a player from 1 sprints across to press 4 etc. Pass to the right, move to the left. No contact.

Progressions

- Change the direction of the passing sequence, pass one way move the opposite way

- Player receiving can choose the direction of the pass based off of the Pressing player

Coaching Points

- Anticipate and press early

- Close quickly, angle of approach

- Identify ques & triggers


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

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 3v3 Defending
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3v3 Defending (20 mins)

SetUp

Two 40x30 fields with mini goals set up as shown

Organization

Play 3v3 across 2 zones. Cannot be more than 2 attackers or 2 defenders in each zone at any one time.

Progressions

- Rotate players/opponents every 3-4 minutes

- Remove zones to play unrestricted

Coaching Points

- 1st Defender - Close down quickly, pressure the ball. Slow down/delay the attacker

- 2nd Defender - Provide cover to double up for the dribble, positioning to intercept/block a pass/shot

- 3rd Defender - Provide balance & 'weak side' support

- Communication - Clear, commanding, detailed

- Transition Quickly


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