Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Control/Restraint + Support/Cover

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Tyler Graham

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Tyler Graham
Name: Tyler Graham
City: Edmonton
Country: Canada
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Pressure/Cover Technique Square

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Pressure/Cover Technique Square
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Pressure/Cover Technique Square (30 mins)

The grid is 6 yards by 6 yards. Four players are on each corner with two players on the inside defending. 

Pressuring player:

- Angle of approach to dictate the direction of the attacker

- Close down quickly but slow down before you arrive at attacker

- You don't have to win the ball, restrain the attacker (reduce time and space and make their head go down)

Covering player:

- Rule #1, don't get split (be in a position where you are supporting your teammate but you aren't wide enough where a ball can be played between the two of you)

- Must be close enough to partner to step if they are beaten and close enough to the player the ball is being forced too

Progressions:

1) Defenders are forcing the ball away from the player who passed it previously

2) Players on the outside are now in partners (partners must be beside each other), the defenders job is to keep the ball between one partnership, disallowing passes to the other partners. This mimics cutting out the forward pass. 

3) Can be done with both progressions. Once they understand the concept, you can add points. Points are only counted to the players on the inside. +1 point for winning the ball or forcing a mistake. -1 for allowing the pass to go where it wasn't. -2 if the defenders get split. 

Coaching Points:

- Closest player is the one that applies pressure

- Keep your head, the defenders are going to get beaten, but we can't randomly defend once we are beaten once


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 3v2

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 3v2
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3v2 (30 mins)

Players will be separated into two teams. One team will be attacking while the other team is defending. The sequence will start with the defending team passing the ball to one of the attacking players in front of their line. Once this happens two defenders will step into the playing area while three attackers will join the play. The attackers objective is to score in the goal with the keeper, while the defenders are trying to win the ball off the attackers and score in one of the two mini-goals. 

Coaching Points:

- When defending your goal is to eliminate what will hurt your team the most. This will differ depending on where you are on the pitch and what your team's goals are defensively. When you are close to your net, you should be eliminating the shot whenever possible. 

- When defending in pairs, the objective should be to never get split

- When the attacking team has a numerical superiority, the defenders should do whatever possible to get a numerical equivalence or numerical superiority in the defending teams favor. This is done by the angle of approach of the person applying pressure. 


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