Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): March 22nd, 2021 Defending Shape

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Patrick Snyder
Name: Patrick Snyder
City: New Egypt
Country: United States of America
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Transition 4v2

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Transition 4v2

4 v 2 Transition

Set-Up

Each grid will be divided into two equal sections of 15 x 20. 

Within each grid, there will be a team of four players for a total of eight players for the activity.

Execution

One of the groups of four will send two players across to try to win the ball from the four players in possession. 

If they are able to win the ball they will play it back over to their side and then two of the previous players in possession will come across and defend.

Coaching Points

The two players defending should not go full out on every pass. Work to recognize the cues that they can get to the ball and affect the pass or possession, then go with pace.

Patience when the ball is at a players feet but close the space as the ball travels and especially should the player take a bad touch (bouncing) receive a pass that makes them face out of bounds or puts them in a spot without support.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 8v5

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8v5

8 v 5 + GK

Setup

You will have one big goal with a GK and a counter line for the team not going to goal to cross in possession. The team going to the goal will consist of a bank of five players. 

That block is working to stop a team of eight from possessing the ball to the counterattack line.

Execution

The back four of the block of eight should be limited to one touch. 

The midfield block of four (which can be deployed as a diamond, flat, or box) will be limited to two touches. 

They will always start with the ball with a distribution from the goalkeeper in the big net they are defending.

Variations

You can increase the five to a bank of seven which will give them more vertical pressure. That would mean adding a #9 and #4 to the double pivot and attacking trio.

Coaching Points

The block of five should constantly be communicating with one another as to their purpose of pressing or holding.

All of the players in that unit must be cognizant of the visual cues for them to press (i.e. balls to the sideline, balls that are dropped, balls to the GK, etc) and should be prepared to step forward quickly onto players previously identified as capable of receiving the ball easily.

While the attacking trio is actively defending the double pivot must assume positions that split their shape so that there will always be a player in the field of vision for the possessing team.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Offense vs Defence

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Offense vs Defence

8 v 5 + GK

Setup

You will have one big goal with a GK and a counter line for the team not going to goal to cross in possession. The team going to the goal will consist of a bank of five players. 

That block is working to stop a team of eight from possessing the ball to the counterattack line.

Execution

The back four of the block of eight should be limited to one touch. 

The midfield block of four (which can be deployed as a diamond, flat, or box) will be limited to two touches. 

They will always start with the ball with a distribution from the goalkeeper in the big net they are defending.

Variations

You can increase the five to a bank of seven which will give them more vertical pressure. That would mean adding a #9 and #4 to the double pivot and attacking trio.

Coaching Points

The block of five should constantly be communicating with one another as to their purpose of pressing or holding.

All of the players in that unit must be cognizant of the visual cues for them to press (i.e. balls to the sideline, balls that are dropped, balls to the GK, etc) and should be prepared to step forward quickly onto players previously identified as capable of receiving the ball easily.

While the attacking trio is actively defending the double pivot must assume positions that split their shape so that there will always be a player in the field of vision for the possessing team.


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