Football/Soccer Session (Academy Sessions): Defending

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Ross Struel-clarke

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Ross Struel-clarke
Name: Ross Struel-clarke
City: Swansea
Country: Singapore
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Close down quickly - pressure the ball. Make sure as a defender you're not square on.

Slow down / delay the attacker- show them away from goal. Body position. Stay low and side on. Be in control as the defender.

Provide cover to double up for the dribbel, positioning to intercept /block a pass/shot.

Communication - must be clear

Transition quickly.


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

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Warm up (10 mins)

Organisation

12 x 20 Area size

2 to 3 stations

4 Poles

1 cone at the top

4 or 5 per station

Session Explanation

Players do side step movements through the slalom and sprint to the top cone. Do dynamic stretches on the way back before going again.

Progressions

Forward movements and backward movments through the poles

Include a server on the red cone to throw 3 headers to the player before switiching with the server.

Make it a race with the other groups


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

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1v1 Defending (15 mins)

Organisation

Two 12x20 area size (as shown on the diagram).

12 Players teams of 3.

Extra balls on the side near by.

3 gate goals as shown on the diagram.

Session Explanation

One Defending team, One attacking team. Player 1 from the defending team passes to player 2 from the attacking team. Attacker (player 2) must attack and go past defender (player 1). The attacker gets 2 points for a dribble through the yellow cones (goals/gates) and 1 point for the red cones (goals /gates).

Progression

If the defending player wins the ball the defender can now become the attacker and the attacker (player 2) becomes the defender. Also adding cones/gates on the opposite side and play a 1v1 game.

Just have 1 goal in the middle and play 1 v 1 to 1 goal.


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

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2v2 Defending (15 mins)

Organisation

20x30 Area size with two mini goals (as shown on the diagram).

Balls close by.

Play 2v2. Team 1 starts as defenders (red team) and plays a long ball to team 2 (blue team). Team 2 quickly attack and try to score in the opposite goal (becoming a 2v2). If the defending team wins the ball they must try to score in the counter goal. Teams attack-defend-rest.

Progressions:

Under the instruction of the coach. Coach can now call out a 2v2 or 2v1 or 3v3 or 3v2. Players must be aware and listen to the coaches insturctions.

Key points:

Close down quickly - pressure the ball.

Slow down / delay the attacker

Provide cover to double up for the dribbl, positioning to intercept /block a pass/shot.

Communication - must be clear

Transition quickly.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 2v3+1 to goal

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2v3+1 to goal (20 mins)

Organisation

30x30 Area size, full size goal. Setup as shown on the digaram.

10 to 12 players

3 reds and 3 blues active + 1 G.K.

Swap Defenders and attackers after 3 goes.

Extra balls in goal and close by.

Session Explanation

Attacking team starts with 3 players, defending team has 3 also, 2 active and 1 who play as a target. Attacking team must complete 3 unooposed passes in zone 2 before one of them tries to take on the defenders in a 2 v 1 and try to score past the goalkeeper.. Defending players can work together to create 2v1 situation with the second defender covering. If the defending team wins the ball they must find a target player.

Progression

Defending team can add another defender in zone 2 creating a 3 v 1 in that zone. Attacking team can send two players into zone 1 to make it a 2v2.

Increase to a 3 v2- Attackers must stay onside.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SSG defending

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SSG defending (25 mins)

Organisation

30x30 field with goals.

4 v 4 in the middle zone (20m x 30 m)

Two end zones 10m x 30m in which 1 defender stands.

Two GKs who defend there goals.

Session Explanation

Within the central area play a 4v4 game with limited touches ( 3 touches). The players have to reach the opponents defensive area to shoot at goal. Only one player at a time can enter the defensive area to shoot at goal, making it a 1v1.

Inside the defensive area the striker has unlimited touches and can shoot without beating the defender. The defender opposes the striker in active defence. The defender can be used as a bouncer by his team in posession and he cannot be pressed while he is playing.

Progressions

Force striker to dribble past defender before taking a shot.

Two attackers can enter the defenders zone. Create a 2 v 1.

Can add another defender in the defensive area and allow a 2v2 in the defensive area.

Free play to finish the session- emove zones- Normal game rules apply


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