Football/Soccer Session (Beginner): High Press: Improve your team's ability to recover the ball in the attacking half

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Sarah Fawcett, Young Member

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Sarah  Fawcett
Name: Sarah Fawcett
City: Leeds
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 7 points
Membership: Young Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Key Moment: We lose the ball

Defending Phase: 4

Objective: To work together more effectively to regain possession of the ball in the attacking half of the field

WHO: #6, #7, #8, #9 #10 and #11 with #2, #3, #4 and #5

WHAT: Technique of Individual Defending, How to Set up a Line of Confrontation, Pressure, Cover, Balance, Compactness

WHERE: In the central channels and flanks areas of the attacking half

WHEN: lost possession of the ball in the opponent's half of the field. The opponents have their back to the field, or played a slow pass that can be pressed in front of the line of confrontation

WHY: Because we are behind in the score or to win the ball sooner rather than later


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Stage 1: Warm up

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Stage 1: Warm up
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Stage 1: Warm up (10 mins)

INTENSITY: Moderate ACTIVITY TIME: 2 mins REST: 30 secs INTERVALS: 4

Activity:

- Play either 3 v 3 or 2 v 2

- Target Team (Yellow): #7, #9, #11

- Opposition Team (Black): #2, #4, #3

- Opposition team pass the ball from side to side, Target team are the defending team and shadow forcing the ball inside. Only 1 yellow player is allowed passed the half line.

Progression:

1. Reverse roles

2. Yellow player can steal the ball and transition it to the end line upon winning.

Coaching Points:

1. Read cues of opposition and provide appropriate body shape

2. pressure and cover

3. communication


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Stage 2: Small Sided Activity

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Stage 2: Small Sided Activity (20 mins)

INTENSITY: High ACTIVITY TIME: 4 mins REST: 1 min INTERVALS: 3

Activity:

- 4v4 to Goals

- 2 fields

- Target team (Yellow): #7, #10, #9, #11

- Opposition team (Black): #2, #3, #4, #6 -

- The Yellow team will try to regain the ball back in the attacking half right immediately after they lose possession.

Coaching Points:

1. Speed and Angle of Approach

2. Body Shape - defensive front line to force players inside

3. Communication - What does the Covering player(s) TELL the pressuring/delaying defender?

4. Principles of Defense-

- Pressure together

- Cover

- Control & Restraint


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Stage 3: Expanded activity

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Stage 3: Expanded activity (25 mins)

INTENSITY: High ACTIVITY TIME: 2 mins REST: 2 min INTERVALS: 9

Activity:

- 5v5 to Goal (2 teams playing, 1 team off waiting)

- Target Team (Yellow): #7, #8, #9, #10, #11

- Opposition team (Black): #2, #3, #4, #6, #8.

- Both teams play to score in their opponent's goals.

- A goal scored after recovering the goal in the attacking half is worth 50 points. All other goals are 1 point.

- The game is to 150 points.

Coaching Points:

1. As Previous

2. How to establish a line of confrontation.

3. Principles of Defense (Who? Where? When? Why?)

- Pressure

- Delay

- Cover

- Balance

- Compactness

- Control & Restraint


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Stage 4: Game

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Stage 4: Game (25 mins)

INTENSITY: Moderate ACTIVITY TIME: 9 mins REST: 2 min INTERVALS: 2

Activity:

- 8v8 to Goal

- Target team (Yellow) formation: 1-2-2-3 (#1, #4, #5, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11)

- Opposition team (Black) formation: 1-2-3-2 (#1, #4, #4, #6, #7, #8, #10, #11).

- Play a regulation game with all FIFA Laws.

Coaching Points

1. As previous

(Technical Execution, Defending Principles, 5W's and Speed of Play)


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