Football/Soccer Session (Academy Sessions): Defending in the Middle 3rd. Big #s

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Nathan Mason
Name: Nathan Mason
City: Columbia
Country: United States of America
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Session can be conducted as a Whole - Part - Whole coaching session or re-order the slides for a more structured approach.

The session is working on defensive principles and defending compact as a unit.


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

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Warm Up (15 mins)

Warm Up

Ball Mastery.

Defensive Specific

Players approx 8-10 yards apart.

Blue passes to White and closes down.

White advances forward and Blue jockeys back 4-5 yards.

Blue passes to White who lets the ball go through his legs, White retrieves and screens while Blue jockeys.

Switch roles.

Progression

Set a cone behind the passer for the attacker to get the ball to which the defender must protect.

Possible Coaching Points

Speed of approach.

Slow down last few strides.

Body shape.

Bent knees,

Weight distribution.

Try to seize the initiative.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Midfield Block

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Midfield Block

Organisation

30x 40 area lined as shown.

How to Play

5 Blue MF players try to prevent the White team from playing into the White target player.

A Blue CB provides information from behind.

If they win the ball, play to Blue target player.

If a White drops in to the nearest zone to passer, Blues decide whether to send one to press or remain compact.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Whole

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Whole (20 mins)

Organisation

Pitch size and numbers to suit your group.

Attack v Defence - GK + Back 3 + 5 MF v 4 attacking midfielders / 2 CF's.

How to Play

Game realistic.

Attackers score past GK, Blues try to defend above the red line and win the ball back.

Observe...

Defensive "mentality".

Communication.

Spacing.

Decision making.

Awareness of danger. (Threat to goal).


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Part (1)

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Part (1) (20 mins)

PART (1)

Looking at defenders ability to defend the side of the pitch that play is on.

Organisation

Pitch is divided in to 5 vertical zones.

How to Play

Encourage White team to use the width of the pitch.

Defenders to remain compact and defend one side of the pitch.

Do not allow wide player on opposite side drag LCB or RCB out of shape.

Only need to defend 4 of the 5 zones across the pitch.

Opposite side WB use the far post as a positional marker.

MF to provide cover and protection and be the first to press to allow defence to keep their shape.

Opposite attacking player is not a threat without the ball.

Possible Coaching Points

Who closes down and where.

Speed of closing down.

Good communication needed.

Where to show player in possession.

When to try to intercept or tackle.

"Emergency" defending.

Out of possession have 2 jobs in mind - mark man and track runners or pass on.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Part (2)

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Part (2) (20 mins)

Possible Coaching Points

As the ball is moving (across the pitch) all the defenders should be moving.

MF and CB body shape to try to force the ball wide but be alert to shots from CF or CM.

GK communicate to try to keep a high line.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Whole

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Whole (20 mins)

WHOLE

Free play in a normal game situation.

Defenders to take knowledge gained and worked on in technical PARTS of the session into the game.

Working on defending principles and remaining compact as a unit.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Cool Down

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Cool Down (15 mins)

Technical

Tactical

Physical

Psychological

Session Objectives (individual)

Session Objectives (Group)


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Movement
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Custom Movement
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Pitch Line 1
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