Football/Soccer Session (U16): Defending Against the Aerial Ball

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Tony Mee
Name: Tony Mee
City: Doncaster
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 26 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm Up 1

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Warm Up 1 (20 mins)

Players move around the area, passing and receiving the ball.

On the coaches shout, the players break to the outside and use the SAQ equipment to perform various movements (follow the leader) with a change of pace towards the corner of the area.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm Up 2

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Warm Up 2 (20 mins)

Organisation

Set up a suitably sized pitch for your players, with the players arranged into 3 teams, as shown.

How to Play

One team starts by serving the ball for a team mate to head across the line of defenders (who must only defend on the line).

The other team should attempt to keep a rally going, only using headers.

If the defenders can intercept the ball, they change places with the team that gave it away.

Progression

If the teams on the outside can make 5 consecutive headed passes the defending team stays in for another round.

Possible Coaching Points

Communication

Anticipation

Technique


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Function

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Function (30 mins)

Organisation

Set up a pitch as shown with 3 teams.

The Claret/Blue team defend the big goal and can clear their lines into the 2 mini-goals.

If any of the Yellow players receive the ball, they are encouraged to serve/throw the ball into the Red strikers, who must stay in the top half of the pitch.

The Red midfield players play appropriately (not everything has to be aerial) and can play anywhere.

Rotate all teams.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Phase of Play

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Phase of Play (40 mins)

Organisation

Pitch is approximately 55 x 40.

How to Play

Claret/Blue team defend the big goal with a back 4 and a MF player. If they win the ball try to hit the coach (black) on the full. The Red team attack the goal and can use the floaters (Yellow).

Any ball which is headed out by the Claret/Blue to the wide floaters, can be returned to the Claret/Blue team OR returned first time into the area.

Possible Coaching Points

Positioning.

Decision making (mark or intercept)?

Communication.

Technique.

Movement after a clearance.


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