Football/Soccer Session (Academy Sessions): 4 Line Defending

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Matt Shepherd
Name: Matt Shepherd
City: Waterloo
Country: Canada
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
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AIM: Improve application of basic defensive principles (and application).

Work on basics of pressure and cover. Shift to the edge of your team-mates’ zone to prevent penetrating passes.



Principle: Pressure, Cover, Balance, (Recovery), Communication



Time: Play 2-3 minute periods. switch teammates in last two zones with teammates in the two middle zones 


Equipment: Cones spaced out to make 4x4 zones of approximately 6-10 yards between cones

Area: 4 x 6m x 6m. 

 Players: 2 groups of 4 players each/ 16 total (Also possible to do with 4 lines of 3)


Ball service from coach into one of the end lines. Same colour teams aim to pass the ball through their opponent's lines. Scoring: Depending on ability, allow a point for each successful split pass, or every 2nd one. 


1. Size of areas

2. Player/ Players allowed to invade their opponent's zone

3. Allow back pressure/ recovery to occur once ball is played past someone, to the adjacent zone only

4. Height of Pass: restrict height to knees, waist, shoulders, etc. to make defending easier / attacking harder

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