Football/Soccer Session (Academy Sessions): Recovery

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Micaela Oliverio, Adult Member

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Micaela Oliverio
Name: Micaela Oliverio
City: Astoria
Country: United States of America
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 4v4 games

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4v4 games (15 mins)

Set up: Use an area 35*20 to play 4v4 to mini goals/ cone goals. Play four 2 minute games with 1 minute break between games.

Guided Questions:

1. What should the closest defender to the ball do?

2. Should the 2nd closest player man-mark the other opponent or

help their teammate?

3. Do we both pressure the ball at the same time?

4. If we are beaten how can we get back into position to protect our

goal?

5. When the ball moves do we always have the same defensive

job, or do theychange?

Answers:

1. take awaythe opponents' time and space

2. cover our teammate in case they get dribbled

3. one pressures, and one covers him

4. recover with a J shaped one and get goal side (what is goal

side coach?)

5. we talk to each other, and whoever becomes closer pressures,

further covers


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 1v2 Recovery defender

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1v2 Recovery defender (15 mins)

Use a 20x15 area (use multiple grids if necessary) Place a single cone in the middle of the grid. The defending team will play be divided into two groups with half of the players on the opposite endline from the attacker and the other half on the same endline as the attacker (see diagram for reference). The game is initiated by the defender on the opposte side of the grid playing the ball into the attacker and going to close down the attacker. Attacker must get past the cone in the middle before they can score. The other defender who starts on the same side as the attacker is making a recovery run to get into a pisition where they can cover/support the defender that initially closed down.

Players pass through the gate to score

Coaching points:

Initial defender must close down quickly. Smaller steps to remain under contral as you get closer. Angle body to be more side on and in athletic stance. Cushion so attacker cannot run by you

When do you close down the attacker? While the ball is travelling to him/her

How can you give the attacker less options? Angle body to direct attacker one way

How does the second defender help? Recovery quickly/get between the ball and the goal

How should your recovery run look? Recovery run should look like a "J" run to get goalside of pressure defender in case they get beat

Where should you go once you have made your recovery run? Providing cover. Off the shoulder/hip of pressure defender but not square with initial defender.


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

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3v3 Outta Here (20 mins)

Play 3v3 in a 30x20 grid, with each team defending a single gate. When the ball goes out, a goal is scored, or time goes to long – new players for each team enter the field. Have the players initiate the game with a pass across to the other team.

When do you close down the attacker? While the ball is travelling to him/her

How can you give the attacker less options? Angle body to direct attacker one way

What should you do if your teammate is providing pressure? Cover your teammate at a good angle

Is it possible to have more than one cover defender at the same time? Yes. Usually when the defender in the middle is providing pressure. (See diagram on right)

Where do you want to force the attacker? Away from goal; toward the sideline; towards cover

When the ball moves do we always have the same defensive job, or do they change? We talk to each other, and whoever becomes closer pressures, further covers


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 4v4 + GKs

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4v4 + GKs (20 mins)

Use a 40*30 grid. Play 4v4.

Encourage players to use what they have learned during the session in the game play. Make sure we praise the players when they try to implement what we worked on during the session.

Things to look for in the game at the end:

- Are players able to apply basic principles in game play of pressure/cover

- Do the players recognize that their defensive role changes based on which teammate is closest to the ball when the attackers make a pass

- Are the players able to think about where they want to force the attackers (mainly away from goal and towards the sideline in this small sided activity).


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