Football/Soccer Session (Academy Sessions): 9v9 Defending from Front with a high block and press

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Ciaran Duffy, Adult Member

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Ciaran Duffy
Name: Ciaran Duffy
City: Dublin
Country: Ireland
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Orientation for 9v9 where blues executing a high block preventing the reds from playing out from the GK through their defensive third. Blues line up in 1-2-3-3 formation against reds in a 1-4-3-1 formation. Start with reds trying to build up good possession from the GK with penetrating passes through midfielders or wide players  


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Method: 9v9 working with blues to execute high press from 1-2-3-3 formation (no FBs) against reds playing out from GK in 1-4-3-1 (No WAs) formation. Start with reds GK. 

Coaching Points:

  • Good decision-making and pass from GK. 
  • Good positioning and movement from reds to receive ball from GK and play through defensive third
  • Get shape of blues right to try prevent reds playing out. 
  • Ensure good tempo to the activity at match pace

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Method: Learning and Implementation phase. Ball moves, all blue players adjust. Team, unit and individual pressing, covering and balancing. Start with strikers and work back from that with players reacting to team-mates in front of them or their unit. 

Coaching Points:

  • Nearest player to ball presses opponent
  • Adjacent players provide cover and balance, preventing short out-ball
  • Force red players to play backwards or sideways
  • If able to play forward, try force long pass
  • Win the ball back as high up the pitch as possible
  • Transition to attack by moving the ball forward or retaining possession  


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