Football/Soccer Session (Beginner): Mini Team Defending Shape

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Craig Stead

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Craig Stead
Name: Craig Stead
City: Ottawa
Country: Canada
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Screen 1

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Key Principles:

Delay - First player closest to the ball should close them down quickly. The centre-forward should be directly involved with the defending (1st line of defence)

Depth - Players should be able to support first defender to create 2 defenders vs 1 attacker situation. Encourage them to win the ball and create 2v1 attacking situations because of it - this will help motivate attacking players to work defensively.

Compactness - The wingers should tuck in and narrow the width, centre-forward should be willing to drop in and defence, centre-midfielder tracks central players and centre-backs stay tight (no more than 10-12 metres seperation)

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