Football/Soccer Session (Beginner): First / Second Defender

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Barry McGrellis
Name: Barry McGrellis
City: Alexandria
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 3 points
Membership: Young Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm Up

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm Up
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Warm Up (15 mins)

Footwork warm-up

-Players with a ball each in designated area

-Emphasis on keeping the ball within touching distance

-Players get sets of 200 (both feet), 100 (weak foot), 80 (strong foot), 70 (alternate feet), and 50 (no designation) touches

-Every 10 touches players perform an assigned turn (pull back, L, V, Cruyff)


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

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1v1 Defending (25 mins)

1v1 defending: Defender starts with ball and passes across to attacker, once attacker receives the ball they try to dribble across the defender's cone line. Defender tries to force attacker out of bounds or dispossess them and dribble across their cone line.

Coaching Points

- Ultimate goal is to force attacker backwards or sideways

- Quick pressure - Approach fast, arrive slow.

- Make opponent predictable - position your body to show them one way

- Bend your approach run to cut off one side of the area - now you know which way they HAVE to go since you've cut their options from 2 to 1.

Progress to competition with winners moving up one area and losers moving down. Attackers goals are worth 1, defenders goals are worth 2.


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

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2 v 2 Defending (25 mins)

2v2 defending: Same game as before but now the first defender has a cover defender.

Coaching points

-Introduce pressure and cover defence

-2nd defender positioning to the side and slightly behind first defender (demonstrate the pass between 2 flat defenders)

-2nd defender must position body so that they can see both the ball and the 2nd attacker

-show transition in relation to ball movement, for example if x were to pass to y, then B would become the pressuring (1st) defender and A would become the cover (2nd) defender.

-1st defender should use the principles from the 1v1 game (bending approach run, body position) to force attacker towards the 2nd defender


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Scrimmage

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Scrimmage (25 mins)

Scrimmage

Regular play, no conditions. Coach individuals at appropriate moments without stopping play.


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