Football/Soccer Session (Beginner): Block 5 Session 3 Defending/Defensive Principles

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Colin Pryce, Adult Member

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Colin  Pryce
Name: Colin Pryce
City: Milton, ON
Country: Canada
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 3v2 Defending (20 minutes)

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3v2 Defending (20 minutes)

Organization:

- 30x35 area, team split with defenders behind the central goal and attackers behind cones on the playing area. Centre cone is approximately 5 yards further from the goal.

Activity:

- One defender plays a ball to either cone and 2 defenders go out and defend 3v2,

- Defenders have to be active and quick to pressure the ball and the second defender covering his back, be read to move acroos the field.

- Defenders win possession or clears the ball and the next group goes

- Switch teams after 5 balls

Progression:

- 4v3 and you can add a timelimit of the attackers getting goal

Coaching Emphasis:

- Stay Compact and play pressure cover

- Communication is key

- Be careful of the angles of approach, don't get beat 1v1


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 3 Zone Compact Defending (20 Minutes)

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3 Zone Compact Defending (20 Minutes)

Organization:

- 30X30 area, flat cones if possible and split playing area into 3 zones

- 3 defenders in the middle, attacking players in blue occupying both endzones

Activity:

- The blue team in the endzones play the ball and try to move it threw the middle zone to the other team in blue. There aim is to split the three defenders in red.

- The defenders in red are trying to stay compact and not get split, so there is pressure on the ball and defending in small tight triangles to avoid getting split.

- Depending on numbers can set-up a similar game for the remaining players with blue in the middle and rotate the players between the two fields.

Coaches Emphasis:

- The main focus is to show and encourage the defenders to be in good defensive positions, knees bent and moving quickly.

- Communication, makes it easier as team to defend, so encourage it.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Game Phase (20 Minutes)

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Game Phase (20 Minutes)

Organization:

- Third of the field with full team split in half

Coaches Emphasis:

- Putting the defensive principles that were practiced into action. Proper defensive postion, keeping the attacker in front of you about arms length, concentrate on the ball and not the moves the attacker is making. Don't dive in and slow down on the approach.


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