Football/Soccer Session (Academy Sessions): Att v Def, Pressing Function.

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Benjamin Sohier

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Benjamin Sohier
Name: Benjamin Sohier
City: Telford
Country: United Kingdom
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer


14 players (including 1 GK)

40x60m area (3/4 full 9-a-side pitch)

Def (8 players); 1-3-4-1 Formation *minus ST. 1 x GK, 3 x Def, 3 x Mid, 1 x Att

Att (6 players); 1 x Def, 4 x Mid, 1 x Att.

Server (coach) into any attacker. 

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                 Attacking team to score (free play)

                 Defending team re-possess or dis-possess then break out (counter) and score                                                                    

                 Server into any player on attacking team

                 Game realistic positioning from players and units

                 Rotate attackers and defenders every 7/8 minutes.

                 No set pieces, if ball dead, start from server.

-          Tempo

-          Aggressive and positive press

-          Directional, force certain way

-          Press as a unit

-          Effective and useful communication/information

-          Pressing, cover and balance

-          Decision making; to intercept, to jockey, to tackle, when, where, why, who, how.

-          Press as ball is in motion (nobody possess it)

-          Positivity and belief to win back

-          Vital for coach to motivate and keep high intensity. *use of hand clapping, loud and consistent communication, praise and encouragement.

-          If ball is re-possessed, ways for def to break out (counter) through cones (act. 1) or how to go from back to front to score in goal (act. 2).

-          Triggers – ball played backwards, poor touch/pass, opposition vulnerable, pitch position, defensive setup.

-          Commitment 

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