Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): Defending Into Pressure Pockets

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Michael Balogun, Adult Member

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Michael Balogun
Name: Michael Balogun
City: Houston
Country: United States of America
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
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)

Practice Organization

Session Details

Coaching Points


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 7 v 3

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7 v 3 (15 mins)

Practice Organization

Two 20 x 20 grids

Two teams of 7 - 8 players

Session Details

Attacking team possess the ball while 3 defending players try to recover. If the defensive team wins the a new ball is played in and 3 new defenders enter the grid to defend.

Progression: when defensive team wins the ball the can score on counter goals on the outside of the grid.

Coaching Points

- Immediate pressure when appropriate

- Shrink the field & create pressure pockets

- Communication (what direction to force, when to pressure - from cover and balance players)

- Defend as a unit - first defender, second defender(s), third defender(s) - pressure, cover, balance

Team 1

Felix, Julian, Benny, Joaquin, Sebastian, Zack, Hector, Edwin

Team 2

Manuel, Nathan, Oscar, Jimmy, Alan, Frankie, Dimetri


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Pressure Pockets

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Pressure Pockets (25 mins)

Practice Organization

Half field

2 mini goals and 1 full size goals

Two Square on touch lines (15 x 10)

Session Details

Attacking team (gray) is trying to build out and score in mini goals. Defending team is trying to force them into pressure pockets (identified by yellow markers) and create defensive overload opportunities.

When defending team (blue team) wins the ball they attack the unopposed.

Progression: Add opposition when defending team (blues team) wins the ball. They can either go to goal or connect 5 passes. Attacking team (gray team) transition to defending.

Coaching Points

- Screen passes into the midfield (#9 & #11)

- Shrink the field & force into pressure pockets

- Communication (what direction to force, when to pressure - from cover and balance players)

- Commit in pressure pockets (hard & aggressive)


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Scrimmage

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Scrimmage (15 mins)

Practice Organization

48 x 40 grid (adjust as needed)

2 team x 8 players

Session Details

2 x 7min game

Reinforcing pressure pockets. All restarts come from GKs

Coaching Points

- Communication (what direction to force, when to pressure - from cover and balance players)

- Defend as a unit (shrink the field)

Team 1 (Gray) 4-2-1

Kevin (GK), Nathan, Manuel Jimmy, Alan, Zach, Sebastian, Dimetri, Frankie

Team 2 (Blue (1-4-2)

Jose (GK), Oscar, Hector, Julian, Felix, Benny, Edwin, Joaquin


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