Football/Soccer Session (U13): Defending - Out of balance

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Name: Darren Arnott
City: Scarborough
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 5 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Arrival Activity & FIFA 11+

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Arrival Activity & FIFA 11+

Team Learning Objectives

- Defending when numbers down

Session Organisation

- As shown

How to Play

- Small groups compete in varying numbers up/down situations

- Teams look to win the ball and maintain possession

Progressions

- Rotate the roles of the players so all can experience playing numbers down

Challenges

- TRY TO...

- Cut out the pass between the attacking players

- Read the trigger to PRESS or DROP/DELAY

- Work hard to narrow angles

INCORPORATE FIFA 11+


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 2v1 - outnumbered

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2v1 - outnumbered

Practice organisation

- Groups of three

- 2 attackers vs 1 defender

- Attackers cannot score until beyond red line

- Defenders score with pass through small counter goal

- Players rotate roles

Challenges

- TRY TO...

- Cut out the pass between the attacking players

- Block the ball carriers route to goal

- Be brave and commit to blocking passes and shots

Detail

- Assess the threat

- Decision on when to press ball carrier to create 1v1

- Stay between ball and goal

Key Coaching Points

- Delaying tactics

- Use of offside strategy

- Blocking route to goal


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Defending when outnumbered

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Defending when outnumbered

Practice Organisation

- Area 60x40yds set out in equal thirds with goals at each end, as illustrated

- 14 players, (inc. gks), with defenders out numbered 2v3 in each end third.

Practice starts with:

- Neutral players in mid third, serve ball into attackers and support play from behind, without entering end third

Objective of practice:

- D's play out-numbered to prevent A's from scoring, gain possession and pass into N's to score.

- Rotate roles of players

Challenges

- TRY TO...

- Cut attacking players out of the game through your approach to the ball

- Recognise dangerous areas that need protecting in front of goal

- Be brave and commit to blocking passes and shots

Detail

- Distance between 2D's when being attacked by three opponents

- Communication, changing roles and working with GK as sweeper

- Deflecting attacks away from central goal scoring areas

- Balanced, controlled 1v1 defending skills

- D's indentifying chance to counter attack

Progression

- N serves and joins as either additional attacker, or recovering defender

Key coaching factors:

- Blocking shots

- Pressing ball carrier, delaying and deflecting attacks

- Marking and covering

- Winning ball and countering


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Defending with imbalance of numbers

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Defending with imbalance of numbers

Practice organisation

- Area 60x40yds set-out in three areas with goals at each end, as illustrated.

- 14 players (incl. 2GKs), with Defenders initially having a 3v2 advantage in own half.

Practice starts with:

- GK rolls ball-out to Attacking team.

- Play has to build through mid area, with one A able to enter to make 3v1.

- Play moves into D’s half with 2A’s able to join-in & make 4v3 advantage.

- D’s have to prevent A’s from scoring whilst outnumbered.

- If D’s gain possession: they look to quickly counter-attack opponents.

- Roles of players changes when play is reversed.

Challenges

- TRY TO...

- Create even numbers (or numbers up) situations and press to win the ball

- Stop the attackers switching the play

- Be brave and commit to blocking passes and shots

Detail

- Allocation of marking & covering roles when having defensive advantage.

- Early decisions as to who confronts the player in possession when ball enters defending third & roles of other D’s.

- Pressing ball & deflecting attacking play away from central goal scoring areas when outnumbered.

- Constant changes of role & responsibility.

- Maintaining safe defensive structure when counter-attack is initiated.

Simple progression for this practice is:

- D from middle zone can recover to the defending zone, to make 4v4.

Key coaching points

- D’s organise strategy with numerical advantage of 3v2.

- Quick re-organisation required to deal with numerical disadvantage of 3v4.

- On gaining possession: quick adjustments necessary to initiate counter-attack.

PROGRESS TO A SMALL SIDED GAME

- Incorporate all prior points


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