Football/Soccer Session (Difficult): DEF MID 3rd - C2/S1-3 | Denying Penetration in 4-4-2 - Zonal DEF

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Maurizio Brighi, Adult Member

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Maurizio Brighi
Name: Maurizio Brighi
City: New York
Country: United States of America
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Session designed to teach and improve the ability of the team to change from 3-5-2 to Zonal 4-4-2 to DEF in the middle 3rd. The TTP is Pressure, Cover and Balance. Main focus are 1) DEF in Pairs - Strikers (get behind the ball) and Center-Mids (Deny central penetration) , 2) Building the midfield 4 with CMs and one WB, 3) Dynamics of Zonal DEF.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): WARM-UP #1

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WARM-UP #1 (20 mins)

Organization:

  • 20x15 grids split in half
  • DEF 2v3+2 Targets
  • Ball starts from players on either end of the grid.

Instructions:

  • Possession game 2v3+2
    • ATTACK
      • CBs/CMs - Players only play in their respective half. 6 can support possession on both halves by looking to receive as close to midline as possible to turn and connect with other end. Targets must stay on their end line and can move across to create passing angles.
      • 2pts for connecting pass from end to end - must be using the CDM
    • DEFENCE
      • STs - are to keep the ball on one side and deny penetration to other end.
      • At winning possession, play 2v2 against players on that end of the field. 6 does not participate.
      • 1pt for forcing 6 to play back | 2pts for winning possession/intercepting pass | 3pts for playing/dribbling through end line.

Coaching Points:

  • ZONAL DEF.
  • Defending in pairs
    • Deny penetrating pass.
    • Force 6 to play negative.
    • ST's Positioning in Zonal DEF - Force one side.

Progressions:

  • Include FBs.
  • Allow 6 to drop and build 3v2.

Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): WARM-UP #2

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WARM-UP #2 (20 mins)

Organization:

  • 20x15 Grid | Split in Half
  • DEF 2v3+1 | To Mini Goals -or End Lines
  • Extra 2 CMs on deck | Switch after 3 plays or conceding.
  • CB starts the ball and can move across the line / Start pass from both sides.

Instructions:

  • Possession game 2v3+1
    • ATTACK
      • CM - Start in traingle shape, then free movement in open play.
      • 1pt for getting behind / 2 pts if scoring in mini goal
    • DEFENCE
      • CMs - Deny penetration play on dribble/pass. Pressure Cover shifting.
      • D>A - Progress quickly by finding Mini Goals.
      • 1pt for winning possession | 2pts if dribble out | 3pts score on mini goal.

Coaching Points:

  • ZONAL DEF.
  • Defending in pairs
    • Pressure & Cover - Pressure (shadow) at triggers (6 body pos, touch) / Cover in behind and central.
    • Deny penetrating passes.
    • Force negative or wide.

Progressions:

  • Include FBs.
  • Target Player instead of mini goal | 2v3+2


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): WARM-UP #3

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WARM-UP #3 (20 mins)

Organization:

  • 35xBox Width Grid | 15 yds grids split by 5 yards channel.
  • Zonal DEF | 4v5+2 | 2 could be mini goals (2-4)
  • Ball starts with CBs (deepest players) in possession looking to swing ball and penetrate.
  • Switch DEF 4 every 5-6 min.

Instructions:

  • Zonal DEF 4v5 
  • Same on both ends - 2-3-6 go on both sides.
    • ATTACK
      • 4-1 Shape - Keep shape (2-3 touches) - 6 free movement.
      • Swing ball with speed looking to penetrate and connect with players on other end.
      • 1pt for penetrating / 2pts if through penetration 
    • DEFENCE
      • Line of 4 
      • Zonal DEF - Pressure, Cover, Balance to deny penetration.
      • 1pt for interception / 2pts for dribbling out / 3 pts for playing through end line or to goal.

Coaching Points:

  • Zonal DEF
    • Deny through penetration | Pressure, Cover, Balance.
    • Compactness to shift.
    • Cover in behind as central player leaves - CM stepping to mark 6.

Progressions:

  • Wider Grid
  • Add ST on Active grid - Pressure CBs and 6
  • Add second 6 - Double 6

Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SSA - 4v5+GK

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SSA - 4v5+GK (30 mins)

Organization:

  • 20x30 Grid
  • Goal with GK 10-15 yards from Grid.
  • 4v5+GK
  • Ball starts from GK to CBs who then dribble into the grid.

Instructions:

  • Zonal Possession 4v5+GK
    • ATTACK
      • Start possession from GK to CBs who then dribble into first zone.
      • CBs - play in 1st zone only | CMs - play on both zones.
      • Score by Penetrating into next zone = 1pt / Score on mini goals = 3pts. 
    • DEFENCE
      • Zonal Defending in mid-block - STs responsible for CBs and CDM.
      • Deny penetration dribble or pass, force opponent to play back.
      • Score by winning possesion = 1pt / Dribble out of grid = 2pts / Goal = 3 pts
  • RULES
    • Kick ins instead of throw ins.

Coaching Points:

  • Pressure the player with the ball, cover and balance.
  • Zonal defending - Central Mid Block
    • ST - responsible for CBs and CDM
    • CM - central compactness / pressure & cover each other.

Progressions:

  • DEF 5v5 Goal -or- two mini goals separated / DEF open end line.
  • STs start 2v3 vs. CBs and GK.
  • Add 2/3 on the side as supporting walls/neutrals.

Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SSA - 5v5+1.

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SSA - 5v5+1. (30 mins)

Organization:

  • 30x40 Grid | 40 yds wide start from sideline / Build on both sides.
  • Goal with GK 10-15 yards from Grid.
  • 5v5+1
  • Ball starts from GK to CBs who then dribble into the grid.

Instructions:

  • Zonal Possession 5v5+1
    • Possession to penetrate into ATT 3rd - Mini Goals
      • CBs - play in 1st zone only | CMs/ FB - play on both zones | One CM supports from out.
      • Score by Penetrating into next zone = 1pt / Score on mini goals = 3pts.
    • DEFENCE (Focus)
      • Zonal Defending in mid-block - STs responsible for CBs and CDM.
      • Deny penetration dribble or pass / Force opponent to play back / Trap when FB on ball.
      • Score by winning possesion = 1pt / Progress out of grid = 2pts / Goal = 3 pts
  • RULES
    • Kick ins instead of throw ins.

Coaching Points:

  • Pressure the player with the ball, cover and balance.
  • Zonal defending - Wide Block
    • ST - responsible for CBs and CDM
    • CM - central compactness / pressure & cover each other.

Progressions:

  • DEF 5v5 Goal (10 yds away for long balls) / DEF open end line.
  • STs start 2v3 vs CBs and GK.
  • Allow opponent's 10 to come in.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): OLI - 6v7+GK

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OLI - 6v7+GK (40 mins)

Organization:

  • Mid 3rd Grid | 30-40 x Full Width - Split in halves and/or channels.
  • Full size goal on top of 18 box / 3 Mini Goals on end line.
  • 6v7+GK (WBs will both start and one needs to leave field of play when DEF - the one on same side of the ball - can join in D>A Transition.

Instructions:

  • Zonal Defending 6v7+GK
    • ATTACK
      • 2-3-2 ATT System
      • Possession to score on 3 mini goals.
      • Score | Penetrating next zone = 1pt / Switch Field from FB = 2pts / Mini Goals = 3 pts.
    • DEFENCE
      • Build 4-2 DEF System
      • Deny penetration and force opponent to play back.
      • Score | Win possession 1pt / Goal = 3 pts.
  • RULES
    • CBs only play outside of grid.
    • Throw ins / No Corners or Goal Kicks.

Coaching Points:

  • Zonal DEF.
  • Tactical movements to build 4-2 from 5-2
    • STs - take responsibility of CBs and CDM
    • WBs - on ball side drops / on weak side joins MF line as wide midfielder
    • CMs - drop to build line from triangle shape.
  • Deny penetration with pass or dribble.
  • Pressure the player with the ball - Cover and Balance.

Progressions:

  • Use 5v5 goals | Away from grid's end line | Allow opponent to score on long balls
  • Allow opposition 6 to drop and build back 3.
  • DEF end zone instead of mini goals.

Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SCRIMMAGE

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SCRIMMAGE (30 mins)

SCRIMMAGE

7v8 - Include GKs

GK-4-2 vs GK-4-3


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