Football/Soccer Session (Academy Sessions): Pressure Cover Balance

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Guy Garguilo
Name: Guy Garguilo
City: greensboro
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 0 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Learning Outcomes:

-Recap of first defender.

-Decision making to force the attacker inside vs outside (why).

-Distance and angle of covering defender(s).

-Transition moments: when the ball is switched or won (who, when).


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 (10 mins)

Organization:

As above

Instructions:

Two line SAQ Dynamic Warm up, player led. Players perform various dynamic movements, whilst attempting to synchroize those movements within their groups.

Coaching Points:

- Quality of movements

- Rythem and coordination of movements

- Syncronization within groups

Progression:

- Speed races


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Skill Development

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Skill Development
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Skill Development (20 mins)

Organization:

Set up as above

Instructions:

3 teams. Team in central zone are the defending team. Teams in end zones are the attacking teams.

Attacking teams gain a point each time they succesfully switch the ball from one side to the other. Defending team get three points each time they win the ball and find the goals.

Play for 60 seconds. Track how many rounds each team wins.

Play 9 rounds total (3 for each defending group)

Coaching Points:

- Pressure (Quick and communicated I got ball)

- Speed of transition between role of first defender and second defender

- Covering and balancing positions of players in middle zones

- Mentality to look to win ball and intercept passes

- Speed of transition if ball is switched (closest press quickly, the remaining defenders organize the cover)

Progression:

-One defender is allowed in end zones.


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

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Conditioned Game (30 mins)

Organization:

4v4 game. 2v2 in each half. Players cannot leave their half of the field.

Play one goal games, winners stay on.

Coaching Points:

- Awareness of what we are defending (the goal)

- Starting position (deny penetration but be close enough to cover press opponent as ball travels)

- See the ball and the opponent

- Quick pressure as ball travels

- Anticipation to intercept if the pass is a poor one (underhit or inaccurate)

- Transition upon winning ball

- Rest defence when team is attacking


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

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End Game (30 mins)

Organization:

5v5+1 game.

Coaching Points:

- Awareness of what we are defending (the goal)

- Ability to organize quickly as a defensive unit

- Communication between players

- Ability to keep play compact when out of possession

- Good 1v1 defending technique


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