Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Balance in Defending (Week 3 - Session 1) (Start Time: 2017-10-09 19:15:00)

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Federico Sanmartin, Adult Member

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Federico Sanmartin
Name: Federico Sanmartin
City: Oakville
Country: Canada
Rank: Elite – 2 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Zonal Defending Game

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Zonal Defending Game

Set Up:

20*20 grid split into 8, 5*5 smaller grids in the middle two channels and two 20*5 endzones. Two different colored pinnies. Balls along the outside. 4 red and 4 blue in each of the endzones.

Players: 12-16 players; one player per smaller 5*5 grid in the middle two channels, defending as lines.

Description: Players look to score by playing through a line of defenders onto their waiting teammates in the endzone. Teams keep possession and look to find their teammates once again. Upon regaining possession, the opposition look to do the same. Play a game to five.

Key Factors:

1. First defender principles revisited - pressure, angle/speed of approach, ball side/goal side, cues to pressure.

2. Second defender principles - angle/distance of cover; play off 1st defender shoulder. Ball side/goal side.

3. Compactness

4. Showing restraint.

5. Cues to win the ball - bad touch, bad pass, back to 1st defender.

6. Communication.

Questions: How do we support our teammates? Where is the priority when defending? How can we move within our zone when defending?


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 3v3

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3v3 (15 mins)

Set Up: 30*25 grid. Two different colored pinnies. Balls around the grid. One main goal, three mini gates. Two grids.

Players: 6-7 players - 3v3 + goalkeeper.

Description: Players take part in a 3v3 game. Regular game rules apply. Blue attack the main goal. Red attack the three mini gates.

Key Factors:

1. First defender principles revisited - pressure, angle/speed of approach, ball side/goal side, cues to pressure.

2. Second defender principles - angle/distance of cover; play off 1st defender shoulder. Ball side/goal side.

3. Compactness

4. Showing restraint.

5. Cues to win the ball - bad touch, bad pass, back to 1st defender.

6. Communication.

Questions: What is our shape when defending centrally? What is our shape when defending wide?


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Vertical Zone Game

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Vertical Zone Game

Set Up: Half field (half of a quarter field @ Pine Glen). Two different colored sets of pinnies. Balls on the outside. The field is divided into four distinct vertical channels (1,2,3,4).

Players: 9 players - 4v4+ 2 goalkeepers. Anothe group of 8 players rest. Rotate every three minutes or set up a second field.

Description:

Players take part in a 4v4 game. The defending team must defend in 2-3 channels only, depending on the situation. Eg. defending centrally in two channels; defending along the flank in 2-3 channels. Attackers can be in any channel.

Key Factors:

1. First defender principles revisited - pressure, angle/speed of approach, ball side/goal side, cues to pressure.

2. Second defender principles - angle/distance of cover; play off 1st defender shoulder. Ball side/goal side.

3. Compactness: 2 zones when defending centrally (2,3); three zones when defending along the flank (1,2,3, or 2,3,4).

4. Showing restraint.

5. Cues to win the ball - bad touch, bad pass, back to 1st defender.

6. Communication.

Questions: How do we know if we are too stretched? Too compact (improperly balanced)? Which zones should be occupied when defending centrally? along the flank?


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