Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Defending Long Balls

Profile Summary

Matt Brewer
Name: Matt Brewer
City: Seattle
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 0 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Tech: Headers and volleys from in front

Tact: when/how to defend long balls

Phys: ABCS, Endurance, Mobility

Social: FUn, competitive


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm up:

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Warm up: (15 mins)

Technical Warm Up:

set up area relevent to players and age. 2 teams with multiple balls pass and move around area with chest passes. players without ball cannot stand still. most passes wins.

Progress to volleys, defensive header, bullet header and glancing header.

AT:1 R:20 I:5

Progress:

players now play handball, can score in a goal with a header. Progess to normal game with 3 points for headed goal.

AT:4 R:1 I:3

Coaching Points:

Communication - verbal/non verbal

balls of feet

weight/accuracy/projection of pass

body behind ball

use of forehead

body shape to balance

surface in relation to type of header

follow through


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Skill Phase 1:

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Skill Phase 1: (20 mins)

Skill Phase 1:

set up area suitable to players and ability, with 5 yard channel in the middle. three teams with 2 attacking and 1 defending team in middle channel.

Attackers pass ball with hands around area and must serve ball to be headed over to other team to catch, if both team catch its a point. if players can serve ball with volley or floor its 3 points. team in middle must intercept ball to rotate and gain 1 point.

Progress: must play on floor. Can add time limit if needed.

AT:4 R:1 I:3

Coaching Points:

communication

decision and commitment

judge flight of ball to decide type of header or volley

angle and support of defending line


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Skill Phase 2:

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Skill Phase 2: (20 mins)

Skill Phase 2:

Set up area suitable to players and age, one main goal with 2 target goals. 3 teams, one attacking, one defending and one serving.

red team defend goal and score in 2 target goals, blue team attack normal goal but must play ball to side player, who takes throw in to goal.

attacking team can score with: 1 point for goal, 2 for volley, 5 for header.

Defending team score extra point if intercepting arial ball.

AT:5 R:2 I:3

Coaching Points:

Previous Points

balls of feet and body position to adjust to ball

defending principles - Pressure, cover balance, tight and compact, angle and distance, communication.

Adjustment to ball

second balls, no or limited bounce

attitude to compete


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Fuction:

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Fuction: (30 mins)

Function:

Set up area and players suitable to team. Blue attacking team have 4,5,8,9,10 with red defending team having 1,4,5,6,8,9 with 2 wingers on both team. ball can start from anywhere, but can be played into the coach who plays into blue 9. wide players can play free or be challenged after 2 touches.

Attacking team score in main goal for 1 goal, or 3 points from arial cross. Defending team look to score in 2 target goals.

AT:4 R:2 I:4

Coaching Points:

Previous points

projection of pass depending on forward movement

defending cues:

type of pass - on floor look to stop the turn, arial ball look to cover to protect flick on

midfield movement to mark player for rebound or compete for second ball

slow possession - step forward with sweeper

step forward then drop space behind when attackers head goes down to pass


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Set Pieces:

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Set Pieces: (20 mins)

Set pieces:

Focus on attacking and defending pieces from corners and indirect free kicks.

Corners: group run, triangle run, dummy run

free kicks: inswinging vs outswinging, timing of movement and pass


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