Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Team Defending and Building Out of the Back

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David Vaughan, Adult Member

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David Vaughan
Name: David Vaughan
City: Denver
Country: United States of America
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Intentional Free Play

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Intentional Free Play (15 mins)

Intentional Free Play (15 minutes)

 

**Don't give any instruction with this first part, just split them into teams and allow them to play. This is a good time to practice getting the players behind the ball when we lose it (protect the goal but don't stand in front of it), and to go find the ball if you lose it.

**Remind them of the boundaries, how the game stops when it goes out-of-bounds

 

1. Play for 6-7 minutes, then give a quick water break. Before they get a drink, ask them to think about hoe the defending team can get the ball into the open space behind the other team after they win it (dribbling or passing is the answer after creating a wide shape, but don't tell them, you just want them to think about it and not give answers right now)

2. Come back from water break, and let them play another 6-7 minutes

3. End the game and then bring everyone together, asking them the same question: What is a way you can get the ball into the space behind the other team? Answers should be: by dribbling or passing, and getting a wide shape behind the ball after they win it

 

Dribbling - small touches when they try to go past another player, hard touches when they're running to goal

Passing - when (if) they see their teammate is in an open space away from the other team

 

 


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Principles of Defending

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Principles of Defending (20 mins)

Defensive Principles

 

Objective: Improve how we play out of the back after we win the ball

 

Prepare the Minds and Bodies of the Back Four by rehearsing when and how to step and pressure.

1. Set up four "tight" cones a couple of yards in front of back four

2. Coach randomly calls out a number (1-4) and appropriate defender must quickly step to a pressuring position while the remaining three backs tuck in and creeate a strong defensive shape


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Building Out of the Back

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Building Out of the Back (20 mins)

Building Out of the Back

 

Sequence begins with a tight defensive formation between all four fullbacks

1. Coach serves a ball to any of the backs

2. Objective is to successfully build out of the back and play around the two strikers

3. Defending team tries to score by dribbling through the two gates on either side of the field

 

Key Points:

1. Shape behind the ball when we first build out

2. Uncover wide but still maintain balance across the field

3. Look to play outside backs onto flanks with as few passes as possible

4. Recover quickly if the ball is lost

 

Variations:

1. Add a third striker for increased pressue.

2. Have resting players (from attacking team) serve as targets between gates for defending team to play to if they choose


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Team Defending and Building Out of the Back

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Team Defending and Building Out of the Back (20 mins)

Team Defending then Building Out of the Back

 

Sequence begins with a tight defensive formation between all four fullbacks

1. Attacking team plays the ball into their high striker for a 2v4 game. Attacking players can score any time thet ball is in their possession.

2. Defending team must successfully win the ball and deny a scoring opportunity

3. Defending team tries to score by passing through the two gates on either side of the field to the resting target players

 

Key Points:

1. Shape behind the ball when we first build out

2. Provide immediate pressure and deny penetration behind you

3. Provide cover behind pressuring player, but maintain balance across the field

3. Uncover wide once the ball is won but still maintain balance across the field

4. Look to play outside backs onto flanks with as few passes as possible

5. Recover quickly if the ball is lost

 

Variations:

1. Have resting players (from attacking team) serve as targets between gates, but they join the attack creating a 4v4 situation once either of them receives the ball.

2. Add a third striker for initial sequence, and to create a potential 5v4 situation

 


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

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The Game (20 mins)

2nd Play Phase: The Game

 

Objective: Improve how we play out of the back after we win the ball

 

Qualities:

Wide attacking shape, open body position, supporting angles, look to pass out wide and high, dribbling when attacking down the flank

 


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