Football/Soccer Session (Beginner): Defensive principles

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Brad Wolchansky, Adult Member

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Brad Wolchansky
Name: Brad Wolchansky
City: Brooklyn
Country: United States of America
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 1v1s and 2v2s

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1v1s and 2v2s (20 mins)

Create 8x12 channels, yellow cones on the mid line. Defender plays into attacker then it's 1v1 to end line, foot on the ball to score. After a goal, retreat into your own half. If the ball goes out in your own half, you get to restart. Run it as a ladder tourney, 90 second games, winner moves up, loser moves down.

Round 1 (10 minutes): 1v1

Round 2 (10 minutes): 2v2

Coaching points:

- angle/speed of pressure

- timing of challenge


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 5v3 to targets

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5v3 to targets (20 mins)

Organization: 3 teams of 3 plus GK always plays as a target. 18x25 field with 4 small goals (or gates) along the sidelines. Extra balls on the end lines.

Instructions: One team defends (gray) while two teams play together in attack. Attackers score by receiving possession from one end target and delivering it to the other end target. If defending team wins the ball they score by shooting on any of the 4 goals. All restarts are with an end target playing to the attacking team. Play for 3 minutes then rotate defending team. After all 3 teams defend, the team with the highest score wins.

Coaching Points:

- stay compact

- pressure/cover/balance

on winning the ball back:

- quick thinking

- quick decisions to find the outlet (i.e. score on the goals)


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 4-goal game

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 4-goal game
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4-goal game (20 mins)

Organization: 25x18 field with 4 small goals (or gates) along the end lines. Extra balls on the end lines. 5v5, if we're short a player then one team plays down a man and starts up 1-0.

Instructions: 4-goal game. All restarts are from the back. 7 minute games. Make losing team do pushups so it's competitive. Run it on two fields, for the second round winning teams play each other.

Coaching points:

- make field compact

- pressure/cover

- quick decisions on winning the ball back:

- - 1st defender: can I go forward? switch? or drop it back to possess?

- - 2nd/3rd defenders: reaction to open up and receive

- - COMMUNICATION


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Scrimmage

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Scrimmage (15 mins)


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