Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): GU13B-Wk11B-Defensive Principles-Pressure/Cover

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Damian Wickie , Adult Member

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Damian  Wickie
Name: Damian Wickie
City: Oakville
Country: Canada
Rank: Elite – 0 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): WarmUp

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

Equipment: 6 players. 4 cones, 1 ball

Setup: Create a grid 10x15. 2 players at each end (A and B). 2 defenders in the middle.

Activity: Players at end A pass to each other 5 times. taking 2 touches. Defending players in the middle close down player with the ball with one pressuring and the other covering and switch as the ball gets played back and forth. They do not attempt to win the ball.

After 5 passes, A play a long ball to B and the defenders ruch to close down the other side who continues the same sequence.

Switch out defenders after 2 sets.

Coaching points:

Pressure and cover position.

Quickly close down

Don't dive in

Body shape and distance


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

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Defending 1v1 (20 mins)

Setup as shown on small practice field 30x40. Supply of balls in net with keeper. 2 pairs of defenders A & B off to the side of the net. 3 forwards numbered 1,2 &3 30 yds from goal. Place cones or markers 3 yds outside of the 18 yd box create 2 gates 3 yds wide between the 3 high attackers

Activity: 1v1 defend goal. Defender A begins the drill. Coach calls out either number 1,2 or 3. Goalie will strike a long pass to that corresponding number and the attacker will dribble to goal to try and shoot once they pass the cones. Defender will rush to close down attacker to delay, prevent the shot and win the ball. If defender can win the ball and dribble through either of the high gates, 2 points, if they win the ball and clear it, 1 point. Attackers are awarded 1 point for goal.

Coaching Points:

Speed and angle of approach

Body position-side on

Eye on ball

Distance from attacker (close enough to affect play)

Patience and timing to win ball.

This is a defensive focused drill but encourage attackers to be creative. When play is dead, defender takes the attackers spot and attacker fills in the defender line. Play resumes with defender B and coach calls out another number.


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

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Defending 2v2 (20 mins)

Setup as shown on small practice field 30x40. Supply of balls in net with keeper. 2 pairs of defenders off to the side of the net. 2 forwards 30 yds from goal. Place cones or markers 3 yds outside of the 18 yd box. create a gate 3 yds wide between the 2 high attackers

Activity: 2v2 defend goal. Goalie will strike a long pass to either of the attackers who will dribble/pass to goal to try and shoot once they pass the cones. Defenders will rush to close down attackers to delay, prevent the shot and win the ball. If defenders can win the ball and dribble through the high gates, 2 points, if they win the ball and clear it, 1 point. Attackers are awarded 1 point for goal.

Coaching Points:

Communicate early and often

Speed and angle of approach to force attackers direction

Body position-side on

Eye on ball

Distance from attacker (close enough to affect play)

Patience and timing to win ball

Good cover position on second defender

This is a defensive focused drill but encourage attackers to be creative. When play is dead, defenders fill in as next attackers and attackers become next defenders


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