Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Defending from the front in a 4-3-3

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Nick Holmes
Name: Nick Holmes
City: Seward
Country: United States of America
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

This information covers the basics of defending from the front in a 4-3-3 using the principles of pressure, cover and balance.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Introduction

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Introduction

In this diagram the attacking team starts with the ball at one of their center backs. At this point it is the 4 defenders versus the 3 attackers. The goal of the 3 attackers is to make the play predictable and eliminate passing options to create numbers even or numbers up situations when defending.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Pressing

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Pressing

The player closest to the ball, in this case the #9 should close down the ball and make the defender play one way or the other. The players not pressing the ball are in bad position to cover.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Making play predictable

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Making play predictable

The covering players (#7 & #11) have tucked in behind the pressing player. They are also in good balance as they are even with each other and ready to press or cut off passes if needed. They have also created a 2v2 situation highlighted in the shaded area.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Pressure and cover

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Pressure and cover

As the attacking team moves the ball, the defending team can condense the space and create opportunities to win the ball back individually or by intercepting passes. In this instance, let's say #11 has put great pressure on the #2.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Turnover

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Turnover

The number 2 has played a bad pass due to well executed pressing and creates a turn over opportunity with a bad pass or miss-control.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Defending from the front

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Defending from the front

This animation shows a successful press from the forwards to win the ball and score. Notice the movement up and back as players move from pressing to covering, and eventually create a chance to score.

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