Defending Outnumbered

In the run up to Christmas I thought I would take the opportunity to post the twelve session plans I completed for my FA Level 2 course, here is the third of my four linked sessions based on defending.

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Key Factors:

  • Deny space
  • Make play predictable
  • 1st Defender must get close to the ball quickly
  • Decision making
  • Communication

Technical: 

Players play 2v1 in 15×15 yard grid. The objective for the 2 attackers is to dribble the ball across the end line, the objective for the defender is deny space and delay (or stop) the attack for as long as possible. Play starts with a pass from the defender. Rotate players regularly in their groups.

  Defending_Outnumbered_Tech

Skill:

Played in a 30×15 area, players play 3v2. As before the attackers objective is to get across the end line.  defenders defend the goal  as before, starting with a misplaced pass from the defenders to the attackers.  Rotate the players regularly. Ensure the second defender offers support.

Defending_Outnumbered_Skill

Small Sided Game: 

Play 4v4 + Gks  in a 40×30 grid with two floating players playing for the attacking team. The game starts and restarts with a misplaced pass from the team you are coaching. The emphasis is on coaching defending when outnumbered, so include the position of the floating players in the picture you paint when you step in to coach but don’t forget to effect all the players in the defending team.

Defending_Outnumbered_SSG

Development:

If players are struggling with the session spend more time developing the technical aspects of defending in outnumbered. If the defenders are finding it easy increase the number of attackers.

When I ran this session I made a note that if I ran this session again I would ensure that I matched the players abilities better in the technical phase.

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Defending 2v2

In the run up to Christmas I thought I would take the opportunity to post the twelve session plans I completed for my FA Level 2 course, here is the second of my four linked sessions based on defending.

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Key Factors:

  • Approach Quickly / Slow Down
  • Body shape & position
  • 2nd Defender covers
  • Force direction of play
  • Communication

Technical: 

Players play 2v2 in a 30×10 area. Start by having the defenders misplace a pass to the attackers, whose objective is to get the ball to the end line. Rotate the players regularly. The emphasis for the defenders is on approach, angles, cover and communication.

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Skill:

Played in a 30×20 area, players again play 2v2 as before, starting with a misplaced pass from the defenders to the attackers. The attackers then look to score in the goal, if the defenders get the ball they can attack the half way line. Rotate the players regularly. The emphasis for the defenders is on approach, angles, cover and communication.

Defending_2v2_Skill

Small Sided Game: 

Play 4v4 + Gks  in a 40×30 grid with two floating players playing for the team in possession. The game starts and restarts with a misplaced pass from the team you are coaching. The emphasis is on coaching defending 2v2, but don’t forget to effect all the players in the defending team when you step in to coach.

Defending_1v1_SSG

Development:

If players are struggling with the session walk through the pressure, balance and cover and spend more time developing the technical aspects if defending in pairs. If players are finding it easy even out the abilities of the relative groups, so they play against players of their ability level.

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Defending 1v1

In the run up to Christmas I thought I would take the opportunity to post the twelve session plans I completed for my FA Level 2 course, starting off with the first of my four linked sessions based on defending.

Key Factors:

  • Body position
  • Delay the attacker
  • Reduce the space
  • Make play predictable

Technical: 

Players line up at opposite ends of a 20×30 area. Players pass the ball across the area to their partner and then follow their pass to jockey the attacker, working backwards to the start line. Then the players swap roles. Progress to having the defenders forcing the attacker either to the left or the right.

Defending_1v_Tech

Skill:

Set up the players as per the diagram below. with 4 players and a goalkeeper in a 30×20 yard area.  Start by having a defender misplace a pass to the attacker, the defender then has to prevent the attacker from scoring. One pair in each half plays, while the other pair waits. Condition the attacker to beat the defender before taking a shot at goal, or some attackers will take a shot straight away.  Change the players roles halfway through this part of the session, so everyone gets to be the defender.

Defending_1v1_Skill

Small Sided Game: 

Play 4v4 + Gks  in a 40×30 grid. The game starts and restarts with a misplaced pass from the team you are coaching. The emphasis is on coaching defending 1v1, but don’t forget to effect all the players in the defending team when you step in to coach.

Defending_1v1_SSG

 

Development:

If players struggle with the session restrict the space the attackers have by making the space smaller, if the defending players find the sessions to easy increase the width of the playing area.

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Dribbling

I have been given the topic of Dribbling for my final level 2 assessment and I would be interested to hear your feedback on the session I have been planning. Pitch size is 40yds long x 30yds wide.

Key Factors:

  • Keep the ball close
  • Dribble with your head up
  • Speed/Change of pace
  • Change of direction
  • Feints
  • Positive attitude

Technical: (Time approx 7 minutes)

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Level 2 Dribbling Technical

Group of players with a ball dribble to their partners. When they reach their partner they perform a “take” and the partner dribbles to the opposite line and back, keeping the ball close to their feet and their head up.  Progress the session by asking the players to add a change of pace when they get half way across the area (yellow cones). Then introduce feints and change of direction moves to the players, like Stepovers or Matthews

Skill: (Time approx 7 mins)

Level 2 Dribbling Skill
Level 2 Dribbling Skill

Playing in the same area as the technical session and still in their pairs one player attacks one player defends. The attacker then has dribble and the defender and beat them with a skill. If the attacker beats the defender they keep the ball and start again. If the defender gets the ball then they become the attacker.

Small Sided Game: (Time approx 15 mins)

Level 2 Dribbling Small Sided Game
Level 2 Dribbling Small Sided Game

Play 4v4 + Gks  in a 40×30 grid. The players should be encouraged to dribble with realism to produce an end product. Either a shot at goal, pass or cross.

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NB: This session was revised on 08/11/14 following the feedback I received.