Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): U11 & U12 Small Group Defending

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John Higgins
Name: John Higgins
City: Indianapolis
Country: United States of America
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Individual and small group defending. Emphasis on 1v1 defending and pressure/cover.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): U11/12 Warm-up

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U11/12 Warm-up (35 mins)

25-35 mins

Pick 2-3 of the 4 warm-ups. Always include A or C, 1 ball per player for maximum touches.

A - Coerver ball mastery - pendulums, Step-ups, outside/inside, rollovers, squeeze, V, Pull-pop, etc. plus combinations of different ball mastery skills

B - Speed and agility - with and withough ball

C - Coerver 1v1 and Turns - step-over, scissors, rollover, cruyff, outside cut, inside cut, etc. plus combinations of different moves and turns

D - 3v1 - Offensive players must work as hard as the defender. keep feet moving, open hips when receiving, 1st line and 2nd line passes, weight of the pass


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 1v1 Pressure Defending

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1v1 Pressure Defending (20 mins)

15-20mins

Players in groups of 4-5.

Play 2v1 endline. Defender plays the ball to 2 attackers. Teams switch roles after each round.

1) Defender plays ball in to either attacker.

2) Attacker plays ball in with 2nd attackers back to goal line.

Coaching points:

1) Immediate pressure - close down space quickly

2) Angle of approach - curve run to prevent pass to 2nd attacker and force 1st attacker wide

3) Body position - low, side-on, see the ball

4) Patience - don't have to win the ball immediately


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 2v2 Pressure / Cover

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2v2 Pressure / Cover (20 mins)

20mins

Same set up as before. Now play 2v2.

Coaching points:

- Pressure the ball, do not let the attacker's head come up

- Second defender must cover the goal and be aware of the 2nd attacker

- First defender should funnel the 1st attacker wide. If the 1st attacker is trapped, 2nd defender may move in for the steal.

- 1st & 2nd defender should stay balanced, not becomming too spread out to prevent being split.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 4v3 to Corner Goals

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4v3 to Corner Goals (20 mins)

20 mins

4v3

Defending team must be down 1 player (take a knee or step off field).

Coaching Points:

Can the defending team channel the ball into certain areas of the field.

Can the defending team apply pressure quickly to limit the 1st attackers options.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Scrimmage

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Scrimmage (25 mins)

20-30 mins 9v9

Focus on coaching points from earlier.


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