Football/Soccer Session (Academy Sessions): Defending the Overload U12S

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Martin Jones
Name: Martin Jones
City: Wrexham
Country: United Kingdom
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Defensive Transitions 


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Layout

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Layout

Potential 19 Players 


Build the pitch as shown on the screen Lines made with Mats 


Warm ups and defending principles can be done in central zone and half space zones 


OUT OF

POSSESSION

snow away from goal

Block centeral passes

Stop switches of play

Protect the space between lines

Control the space behind the last line


DEFENSIVE

TRANSITION

Anticipate the transition

Fast pressure on the ball

Stop forward passes

Force away from goal

Recover quickly into defensive shape





Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Arrival Plymetrics

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Arrival Plymetrics

Plyometrics - Ratio 1:1

x5 Moving in a straight line = High Knees there and back 20 yards - Flick heels - 2 x left 2x right - skips - open gate - Close Gate - lunges 

x2 set uo Ladders 6 moves on each ladder - any move players decide let them lead

Lunges 


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Level 1 Moves

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Level 1 Moves (5 mins)

Arrival Activity - Passing in pairs of keep up in pairs

Ball Mastery Moves 

Ball each preferably 

1) Step Overs 

2) Sole Rolls 

3) V-drags 

4) Cryuff Turns 

30 secs - 40 secs on each move, use the cones to perform moves on. 

Challenges - How many can you perform in 25 secs and beat that score

Progressions 

Add defenders 

Switch ball - Can you scan whilst dribbling  

Coach Verbal feedback = Concurrent in session - Terminal to provide rest


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

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Warm Up (5 mins)

Warm up 3-4 Mins 


Principles 


Warm up will form a part of the principles of defending and how we move body after we have pressed the ball.


5 x Players per section start on the Line 

1)  Jog up to cone Jog back down 

2)  Now Jog backwards from line (Check shoulder to where coach is standing shout how many fingers Iam holding up) Scanning

3) Jogging Backwards going L+R - Can you turn your hips and shoulders.

4) In pairs one jog forward moving L + R 


Defending principles in warm up, work on rotating hips and moving backwards, 


Terminal feedback - Control physical output.


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

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Defending Principles (15 mins)

Used in the Central and Half space zones 


Defending Principles 

15 Mins 

Feedback - Concurrent 

Work Rest Ratio - 2:1

3-4 players per station 


Player on cone passes to player on the line, Player from cone applies press to the attacker and stops them dribbling past the defender cone.

Defenders press - 1. Get in Line2. Pressure on the ball3. Deceleration4. Body Position5. Stay on toes6. Be Patient7. Decision 

Attackers - at pace at the defender - Change of pace change of direction.

Aim to swap roles Defenders become attackers  

Progression (If time allows) Bip up now.

Coach plays ball in to either three of the attackers - All three attackers move out (Must stay in zones) all three defenders move out together.

Objective for attackers to dribble or move the ball to the defenders line

Defenders, if ball in there zone apply fast pressure (Patience) stay in zone, Covering defender stop pass through on shoulder of Defenders who is pressing.




Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Specific into SSG / Defending the Final Third

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Specific into SSG / Defending the Final Third

Specific Practice / Defending the Final Third

Welsh Way Principles

Understand when and how to minimise space, deal with crosses / shots & protect space centrally in the defensive third

Organisation / Area Size

60m x 50m 

Reds Play 1-3-2 (Yellow are CB but nuterals)

Play 1CM, 2 wingers and a , #10 / #9 and two 

opposition blue team 3-2-1 (Two Yellows as neutrals)

Explanation 

The Reds in possession have to try to get into the final third after getting the ball from the server of Yellows. This will give the coach the opportunity to work on the defensive principles of defending the final third. The red team here are illustrated as occupying 3 out of 5 zones we will use to educate the players on what we want. If the red team win the ball they must then counter attack by breaking lines under a managed countdown by the coach before scoring to small side goals

Teams can 'score' by:

Block 1. The blue team get a goal scoring by playing to either Yellow

Block 2. The blue team will get two goals by scoring by dribbling through the central zone.

The reds on gaining the ball will get a goal if they score in normal manner

How

The coach is to work with ONE team only, out of possession, in this

case the Blues on how they defend the final third. When the Blues have

possession they wont be coached but will look to break lines on the

counter attack. The coach will manage the opposition to attack the

final third and ensure realism for both teams for the duration of the session

1-4 Defend tighter, deeper, more narrow

Block 1: Manage the Reds to attack centrally through #9 and #10 is double goals Score from a cross is a goal. Blues score by playing straight to Yellow either one

Block 2: Manage the Reds to create the 2v1 wide against your full backs. Coach the solutions with the reds

Challenges, Conditions & Targets

The target for the blues is to score in the fixed goal from central or wide. For the red team it's the small goals. The red team out of possession will also fill two out of the three zones when defending leaving the furthest player/s. The reds are also challenged with scoring from a counter attack by breaking lines.

The two full backs on the blue they MUST be on two touch or two seconds in possession. This gives you the problem as the coach that you want but keeps things realistic also. They're key to the problems you want to give yourself as the coach. Initially manage them to support from behind (minute 1-4) then encourage them to give you the problems of a 2v1 against your full back either side (minute 5-12)

Key Points

Out of possession:

 Force direction of play

Minimise boxentries

Stop crosses / shots

Defend the box

Defend narrow

Leave the furthest player/s

Stop the switch

In possession 

Play through, around or over the opposition

Ball speed

Weight of pass

Use of width and depth

Direction of pass

Movement to receive

Intervention

walk through

 


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Specfic Player roles

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Specfic Player roles

Players Roles of Position specific Roles 


Leave furthest man


Defending No 9 - Stop central pass have ball in front of you


Back 3 - Slide with Play, can we get up the pitch - 3 Check "Where's the ball - where threat (opposition player) - Where are my team mates".


Goalkeeper - Distance between you can Back three critical for ball over top.




Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SSG

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SSG (20 mins)

SSG - 20 Mins 


Feedback - Terminal to control physical output player potentially tire at end

Work Rest Ratio - 4:1


Play uncontentious game play free 9 vs 9 (depending on numbers)

After 10 Mins (Maybe less) Apply 2 magic players Depends on numbers to create a over load 

Principles from the drills come to life with main principle to win ball back in 5 secs - After the 5 seconds - Apply principles of 

Stop forward pass

Force away from goal

Recovery back into shape quickly

  • Anticipate the transition
  • Fast Pressure on the ball
  • Stop forward pass
  • Force away from goal
  • Recovery back into shape quickly

Challenges 

If win ball back in 5 seconds extra point/goal

Progressions 

SWITCH - Keepers swap goals (if there two) (Fun element players need to react to situations)

Limited number of touches (Could be just team related)  

No throw-in ball played in from either assistant coaches or coach (Can be a transition)

Tactitcal 

5 Challenges, provided there are enough mats - to build in the pronciples from Flint O-P

AlwaysDefend 3 out of the 5 Channels Dictated on where the ball is positioned.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SSG Player roles

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SSG Player roles

Keepers - Communicate - use feet to play out from back or distribute the ball with your hands - Support defenders with ball PLAY - SCAN - SUPPORT.

CB - Positive play forward, can you run the ball out from the back create overload

Wingers - Use wide - Unbalance defenders in 1 vs 1 - Read the press anticipate the pass into your player your marking get tighter.

CM - Fast pressure on ball in middle of pitch (Defending) - Stop Forward pass - With ball can we get in space to move the ball think Kante - Joe Allen 

FW - Create the depth play off shoulder off defender - Remember your the first defender - if you cant apply pressure on the ball don't allow opposition the option to play through the middle force them wide.


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