Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): High Press - Defending in the Final Third

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Federico Sanmartin, Adult Member

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Federico Sanmartin
Name: Federico Sanmartin
City: Oakville
Country: Canada
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SSG - Win the ball early

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SSG - Win the ball early (20 mins)

Set Up: Quarter field at Pine Glen - shorten the length (box to box). Two large goals (if GKs are available) - if no GK, use target goals or gates. Field is split up into thirds.

 

Players: 6v6 (add a GK if available) - adjust as needed. Create 3 teams.

 

Description: Regular game with scoring conditions -

 

1. Win the ball in the final third and score = 3 pts

2. Win the ball in the middle third and score = 2 pts

3. Win the ball in own third and score = 1 pt.

 

Play 2 minute rounds and swap teams. High energy!

 

Progressions: increase the number of points for final third goal or decrease the number of points for winning the ball in own third.

 

Key Factors:

Prevent forward passes - body shape across the goal.

Angles - encourage attackers to pass across their goal - force the team into mistakes.

Compactness - press high as a team.


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

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1v1 Defending (20 mins)

Set Up: 8*8 grid - two set ups. Two balls per grid. 4 small lines - one per side. One mini gate in front of each line.

 

Players: split into two groups - 8-9 per grid (adjust as needed).

 

Description: Player with the ball passes right, moves left. Player opposite the receiver presses and joins their queue. Start with defenders being passive and progress to players being able to tackle the ball. Aim is to play the ball past the defender into the next player in queue.

 

Progressions:

Change the direction of play.

Allow players the choice to pass left or right.

 

Key Factors:

Body shape - angle of approach.

Technical points of defending: close down, slow down, sit down, at arm's length.

Timing of tackle - don't dive in.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Final Game

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Final Game (20 mins)

Set Up: Quarter field at Pine Glen. Balls along the outside and in the goals.

 

Players: 2 teams - 6 outfield and 1 goalkeeper for each team on field. Players manage substitutions.

 

Description: Play 7v7 (including GK). All regular rules apply, including retreat line. Each team plays 1-2-1-3. Each team will either press or block for 6 minutes at a time. Final 6 minutes or so consists of free play and players' choice.

 

Key Factors:

All coaching points from the session - focus on compactness and balance (side to side/front to back). Look for players to get in behind the ball and make the right decision as to when to press and when not to press. Ensure the defending team is not allowing penetrating passes to go through and have good overall shape. Keep everything outside - nothing gets through. Lots of communication!


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