Football/Soccer Session (Advanced): Asheville City SC Women (WPSL) - Defensive transition speed

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Shane Weems, Adult Member

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Shane Weems
Name: Shane Weems
City: Asheville
Country: United States of America
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Improving defending transition speed and understanding of defensive principles of play


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

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Dynamic Warm Up
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Dynamic Warm Up (15 mins)


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 6v3+3 focus on defending

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6v3+3 focus on defending (25 mins)

6v3 possession and then add transition - Use attackers as defenders

 

Start with 6v3 talking about pressure cover balance with the defenders.

Progresson 1- play 6v3 +3 Defensive recovery in the attacking 3rd- Transition

Rules: 6 keep possession- connect 6 passes play opposite side- if they loose the ball coach plays opposite grid and three new defenders step

3-Recovery of the ball- organized- taking away passing lanes(If defenders win it they can score on small goals)

Progression 2 - Add neutral players who can switch play

Progression 3 - Add wide players; defenders must cut off pass to wide players and force back towards help centrally

Coaching points: Immediate pressure, cover, balance

Stay compact, recover ball as quick as possible- communication.

-Aggressiveness with control

- steer play to make it predictable

 


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 4v4 Flying Changes

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4v4 Flying Changes (25 mins)

4v4 Flayhing Changes - Transition Defending

Game is played 4v4 + GKs. On shots over the end line a new group dribbles in from that side to attack. The previous Attackers immediately transition to defense and previous defenders step off. Offside in effect.

Coaching Points

Defending - Immediate pressure and delay with communication | Communication from covering defender and goalkeeper (e.g. "push outside") | Covering distance & angle (no split) | IBallance and connection with other defenders. Try to isolate attacker | Double team when possible

Attacking - Drive at defenders | Movement off the ball | Isolate defenders | Combinations (cues and execution) | Body position to provide 1-touch finish


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 10 v 10 or 11 v 11

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10 v 10 or 11 v 11 (35 mins)

Play 11v11

Focus on Defensive Shape and aggressivness to close down opponents and cut off passing lanes.

Correct body shape and side of the ball

Concentration when transition moments occur - Speed of thought

-speed of play deals with several areas including tactical decisiton or tactical speed, physical speed, and speed of thought and execution (decision making), but most simply stated

speed of play emphasizes playing quicker offensivly or defensivly or the moments in between.

-Movement and anticipation of runs from players without the ball - head on a swivel

-See play and the ball- body shape defensivly

 

 


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