Football/Soccer Session (Academy Sessions): Defensive Principles (Start Time: 2024-01-31 17:30:00)

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Alex Meredith
Name: Alex Meredith
City: Penymynydd
Country: United Kingdom
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
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Airbus U9's defensive principles

Learning Objectives - preventing wide players attacking the goal / running intensity


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): arrival / defensive principles

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Learning Objectives

Technical Technical
Angle of approach to cover danger: passing lane, shooting line goal. Defending with team mate / unit. Arm across defender in 1v1
Technical Tactical
Protecting central areas
Technical Physical
Speed

arrival / defensive principles (30 mins)

Arrival - Skill Acquisition 5-10 mins

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Defensive Principles 

Dimensions: 30x25 area, 2 targets goals in wide areas, 1 big goal with GK

Timings: 5 x 90seconds

Detail: 

2 lines of blue attackers and 1 blue attacker receiving on the back foot from them Once the pass is played the practice becomes live and 2 maroon defenders enter

3V2 ON GOAL

When the ball is played to the wide player 1 defender will engage in the channel

Defender must try to force away from the centre area

prevent an inside pass but position yourself to prevent cross also

2nd defender will be underloaded 2v1 in the central area - 

body position to protect space and block any crosses/attempts at goal

if defender wins the ball back they have 5 seconds to score in target goals

Everyone moves clockwise for next phase

Coaching Points

  • running intensity to close the distance 

  • Slowing down upon engagement with player in possession

  • Angle of approach to cover danger: passing lane, shooting line

  • Defending with team mate / unit

  • Protecting central areas

What If's?

  • Defenders win the ball high up the pitch preventing the defensive duel in wide channel? 2 attacking wide players to utilise a sprint to get beyond the defender and receive higher up the pitch forcing the defender to defend from behind (worked on in previous session)
  • Attackers not getting any deliveries or shots? central attacking player to hold back if necessary and look to change the point of attack


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): skill practice / SSG

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skill practice / SSG (45 mins)

SSG - Defensive Principles

Dimensions: 40x30 pitch with 2x5yd channel's, 6v6+2GK's

two players from each team locked into attacking half of the channel only

Timings: 4 blocks x 90 seconds

Detail: 

If a ball goes dead, it always starts with opposite keeper to previous block

  • central players can not enter the channels until the ball is played into the opposition 

  • only the OOP team can enter to engage 

  • wide player that receives can drive to goal or attempt to cross

  • OOP must stop the Wide player entering the central area and keep them in a wide position where they can attempt to block any cross/pass or win the ball back

Coaching Points

  • running intensity to close the distance on wide player

  • Slowing down upon engagement with player in possession

  • Angle of approach to cover danger: passing/crossing lane

  • Defending with team mate / unit

  • Protecting central areas

What If's?

wide players struggling for success? 

c

entral players provide support with short distance combinations to work towards goal

wide players getting lots of success? OOP - anticipate the pass and close the gap with running intensity 


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