Football/Soccer Session (First Team): Defensive Principles

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Nikos Manousarides, Adult Member

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Nikos Manousarides
Name: Nikos Manousarides
City: Luton
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 101 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Activity 1 - Warm Up

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Activity 1 - Warm Up

Activity 1 - Warm Up

Set Up: 12 players and 2 goalkeepers are organized in a 30 X 30 area as shown in the diagram. Organize your players in pairs with one ball per pair.

Groups of two passing and moving; on the coaches shout, the player without the ball must pressure the ball and force the attacker one way.

Speed and angle of approach, body shape, foot position, balance, decision to delay, tackle or win the ball outright.

Visual cues, bad first touch, and making the play predictable behind you.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): defending in different numbers

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defending in different numbers

Activity 2 - Small Group Activity

2V1, 2V2, 3V2, and 3V3´s to goal. As shown in the diagram, player A from the red team has served the ball over distance to players B and C from the yellow team creating a 2V1 to goal.

Player A must defend his/her own goal, win the ball and counter to goal. Once the ball goes out of play the sequence is over and the next yellow player must serve to the next two red players waiting to enter the field. Progress to 2V2, and 3V2, with the player who shoots the ball always has to stay on as the next defender.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 4 v 4

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4 v 4

Activity 3

Set Up: Same size area used as the previous activity. Organize your players into three teams of four with a goalkeeper in each goal.

The game is 4V4 to goal with the third team placed as neutral players on the sides of the area.

First team to score stays on and the losing team must transition off with the neutral team

transitioning on. Neutral players cannot enter the playing area and are limited to one or two touch based on ability.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Activity 4

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Activity 4

Activity 4

Set Up: 7 V 7 half field is used with an offside line at half field.

Regular game with no restricitions but focusing on small group defending.

Put your teams in a 3-2-1 and 2-3-1 formations.


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Movement
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Pass
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Pitch Line 1
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Pitch Line 2
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Pitch Line 3
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