1. Warmup – Technical Circuit
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2a. Basics of Defending 1v1
Description: 1 ball per pair, each player takes it in turn to drive towards the passive defender opposite and reach the other line. once they are there drill repeats with now other player becoming the passive defender. defender will become active can they now get past the defender to the end line. defender needs to think about body shape/angle/distance away from attacker. can we force them to an area? weaker foot?
Coaching Points: (Technical) Defender needs to think about body shape/angle/distance away from attacker. can we force them to an area? weaker foot?
Progression: Full Pressure 1v1
Description: Add a small end zone containing a mini goal. Defender plays the ball into the attacker who must try to score in the mini goal. If defender wins the ball he scores by stopping the ball on the opposite end line.
Think about body shape, closing defender down quickly, dictate where the defender can go.
2b. Finishing (Whole/Part/Whole)
Description: Two teams start in their own halves, can have a goal keeper or first man back. If it is too hard to score remove goal keepers and players can only stop with a block or header.
WHOLE: Play starts with one team who tries to score from their own half, if the ball goes out or they score the other team starts play and repeats. Good supply of balls for both teams, no throw-ins or corners. Restart with new ball from the teams own half.
PART: Each team has two groups, one on each of corners. All players have a ball each and take turns to serve to the coach who lays off for a shot.
Important to work on finishing techniques, driven shot, chip shot, placed shot and cured shot.
Progress to use goalkeepers to increase difficulty, coach alternates team he servers too.
Progress back to WHOLE.
3. 8v8 Game
Full 9v9 pitch size, roll out rule with proper formation. Encourage good technique from topics earlier in the session.