Football/Soccer Session (Difficult): Defending in Defensive 3rd

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Pedro USSF A
Name: Pedro USSF A
City: Chelsea
Country: United States of America
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Objectives:

  • Find and maintain compactness
  • Pressure, cover, and balance
  • 9 and/or 10 push ball to wide areas for low block trap
  • Lines move as a unit/clear communication/we defend together
  • Movement of 11,7 drop beside 8,6: 4-2-3-1 shift to 4-2-4
  • Our power is in numbers, our success is built on trust


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): WARMU-UP

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): WARMU-UP
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WARMU-UP (10 mins)

4v4v4 possession - 40x40 years grid

2 teams playing against possessing against one team.

Players must become a defender as soon as they lose possession.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Intro.

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Intro. (15 mins)

Organization:

- (3v3/4v4 SSG) x 2

- (25x18) x 2

Instructions:

- FIFA rules

Coaching Points/Questions:

- Pressure/Cover/Balance

- Communicate to get compact and maintain compactness

- Communicate to coordinate shifting and move as a unit

- Risk/Reward of high press in attacking half vs Risk/Reward of dropping into defensive half and quickly organinzing

- 1v1 technique pressure to win possession vs pressure to delay and give teammates time to recover


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Main - 2v2+4

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Main - 2v2+4
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Main - 2v2+4 (20 mins)

Organization: 

- (20x20) area

- 2v2+4 or similar

- target players going N-S, E-W

Instructions: -  players score by playing both their target players

- play 4min games

Coaching Points: - staying compact as a defensive pair

- pressure / cover communication

- quick 1st defender / 2nd defender shifting

- 1v1 technique pressure to win possession vs pressure to delay and give teammates time to recover

Progressions: - 3v3+4 or similar 

- 15x15 area

Regression: - add neutral(s)

- 25x25 area


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Cond. Game

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Cond. Game (20 mins)

Organization:

- 4v4+GK to big goal

- 45x30 as shown

- 3 counter goals

Instructions:

- Play starts at 2 or 4

- 2 CB's can defend as play starts

- 2 Fullbacks make recovery runs into compact, organized defensive positions

- Both teams rotate clockwise through starting positions.

- 5 min, switch sides... all goals 1 point. Who can score highest total?

Coaching Points:

- 1st defender pressure / delay... which direction?

- 1st defender angle of approach / body shape... fast, slow, low.

- 2nd / 3rd defender find cover & balance positons quickly.

- Recovering defenders, find def. positions and make it compact.

- Communication & coordinated movement as unit.

Progressions: - Subtract defender, now 3v5

Regressions: - no recovery runs


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Match

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Match (20 mins)

Organization: - (40x30) area

- 6v6 or similar

- resting team if needed

Instructions: - winner stays

- 4min games or first to 3

Coaching Points: 

- 1st defender pressure / delay... which direction?

- 1st defender angle of approach / body shape... fast, slow, low.

- 2nd / 3rd defender find cover & balance positons quickly.

- Make it compact.

- Communication & coordinated movement as unit.

Progressions: - first to one

Regression: - add neutral(s)


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