Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Defending - Role of the first defender

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Angelo Sabblah, Young Member

Profile Summary

Angelo Sabblah
Name: Angelo Sabblah
City: Portland
Country: United States of America
Membership: Young Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Objective

1. responsibilities of the 1st defender

2. Focus on delaying attacks and protecting important space

3. Quick transitions when available.


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

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm Up
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Warm Up (20 mins)

Set up

Area 30x20 yard grid with lines of cones seperated every 5yards.

Rules and Conditions

Players go through PEP routine including Motor Movement, Dynamic Stretching, Strength, plyometric and sprint (with changes of direction) phases. Focus on techniques and landing mechanics. Some resistance band exercises have been included.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Skill

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Skill (20 mins)

Set Up

20x20 yards. Small Goals on adjacent sides. Cone to mark scoring zone which is 7 yards from goal (blue line).

Rules and Conditions

1v1. Player dribbles ball in and has to score in goal opposite. Defender breaks out and has to try and win ball and score in goal opposite. Team with player that wins the 1v1 gets to start with the ball. Losing player defends. Attacker wins if they score, defender wins if they force ball out or score in transition.

Progression

Play 1v2 (Overload in attackers favor). Player that wins game plays into their team mate to play 2v1. Play with offside.

Coaching Points

role of 1st defender

- Pressure

- Delay

- Protect space

Tactical

- Where should I force the attacker?

Can I step up to play attacker offside?


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Conditioned Game 2

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Conditioned Game 2 (20 mins)

Set Up

3 Channels from middle of penalty area to about 25 yards off. Main goal with Keeper

Rules and Conditions

1v1 to goal. Defender live on attacker's first touch. Attacker to try and score in the main goal. Defender to try and win ball and force it out, or play to the next person in line for the point.

Coaching Points

1st defender

- Delay

- Force away from goal

- Cover line to goal to block shots


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Scrimmage

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Scrimmage (30 mins)

Set Up

40x24. 3 fields.

Rules and Conditions

6v6 (1-2-1-2) or (2-3-1). 3 teams per field. First goal wins or 4 minute games. Header challenge decides a tie.

Coaching Points

Principles of defending

- Pressure

- Cover

- Balance

- Concentration

- Compactness


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