Football/Soccer Session (Advanced): Defending Direct Play

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Frank Greenawalt
Name: Frank Greenawalt
City: Riverside
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 21 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Defending Direct Play

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Defending Direct Play
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Defending Direct Play (20 mins)

Defending Direct Play (20 min)

Focus on defending desperate direct play from opponents at the end of matches.

Set Up: 3 lines (1-4-3) defensively (Orange) v 8 attacking players.

#4 & #5 coordinate a compact back line between the 18 & the PK mark and a compact midfield line with the #6, #8 & #10. Start activity with lofted balls being driven into the 18. The player who attacks the ball gets into line with the ball, then communicates as he attacks the ball at the highest possible point. Other players in the back line shift to get into cover/balance positions, keep body shape open/head on a swivel to see/track any runs into the 18. Midfield line tracks runs from the midfield and pressures oppositioin possession. GK coaches the back line and coutour catches any balls they can get to.

Progression: In ESSG, encourage the attacking team (Gray) to play direct. The lines will play higher if there is pressure on the ball and shift deeper if there is no pressure on the ball to prevent balls in behind.

Coaching Points: Players get out of the 18 when the ball is cleared, Get organized immediatly, Immediate pressure on the ball, Get in line with lofted balls


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