Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Diamond Defending

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David Quigg, Adult Member

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David Quigg
Name: David Quigg
City: Arlington
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 4 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Diamond defending

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Diamond defending
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Diamond defending

Create several 4×4 Diamonds. 4 to 5 players per Diamond. Coach should position him/herself in a manner to observe the players movement.

The Exercise: The first player in line moves quickly out to the first disc (the discs represent the ball). The movement should be made:

Quickly to “close the space”

The angle of approach should be “side on” to steer the attack wide

Defenders weight should be balanced and slightly favoring the back foot.

The defender should recover back to the initial starting position while facing the ball. Once there he/she should quickly move out to “close the space” on the middle disc. Once again, recover facing the ball to the starting disc and quickly move out to the final disc. The Defender must now shift their hips and change their lead foot to steer the ball wide.

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