Football/Soccer Session (Beginner): Pressure, Cover, Balance

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Am-Club: Nanaimo United FC

John George

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John George
Name: John George
City: Nanaimo
Country: Canada
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm Up Game

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

Set Up: 3v3-6v6. 24x36 with GKs optional

Conditions: Allow the players to lead this warm up game - no stopping for coaching, just get them organized and let them take ownership of rules, teams etc

Session Aims: To give players 10-15 minutes of free play which emulates playground soccer games. Coaches should clearly explain what the theme for the night is so that players can start to experiment and discover what works even within this initial warm up game. 


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Tactical

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Tactical

Set Up:            This session is very much a coach led session

Set 4 players to stand next to a cone and assign a color or number to each (Red, Orange, yellow, blue or 1, 2, 3, 4)

Session Aims: 

  • Set 4 players in a line.
  • Coach then calls a color or Number and the player in front of that color or number apply the 4 "D's" to apply pressure the next player moves to give cover and the other two moves over to give balance. 

Coaching Points:

  • Focus of the player in front the color of number applying the pressure and the second player giving cover and the others being balance.
  • 4 D's (Close Down, Slow Down, Low Down, Eyes Down)
  • Body shape on approach 

Progressions:

Add a ball and have plays moving in relation to the ball

Add players in to move making it more game realistic. 


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Pressure/Cover/balance

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Pressure/Cover/balance (15 mins)

Set Up: 

5v5/6v6/7v7. Min 24x36 >> Max 40x60. Adjust for number of players as needed

Conditions: 

Coaches focus on the 4 D's and freezing play to ensure you have Pressure, cover, and balance


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Finial - Game

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Finial - Game (30 mins)

Set Up:
  • 3v3/6v6.
  • 24x34 pitch.
Conditions:

:: Use normal rules of the game such as corners, throw ins or kick ins etc...

:: Reinforce the session theme and praise when you see good moments

:: Try not to stop the game too much as this is a chance for players to use what they have learned in a game environment


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