Week of October 11

Coaches

Here's a podcast:

https://wcctrainingcenter.com/251-soccers-biggest-problem/

If you've been working on your teams defensive organization, or thinking about working on defensive organization, here's an activity for you:
 

Defensive Communication

Warm-up – technical-tactical activation

Aim: To prepare the players to work on the team shape during the phase of non-possession.


Set-up: Area measures 30 yards by 20 yards. Players are divided into two teams of four players each.


Description of exercise: One team aims to guide the ball over the red dotted line and the other over the blue dotted line. Focus is on the team’s defensive structure, not to allow the opponents to play forward and intercept the ball. Players are not allowed to tackle but are allowed to intercept passes. The players of the team in possession play with a two touch maximum.


Progression: Dribbling is allowed. However, the players of the defending team are allowed to position themselves accordingly in order to deny the advancement of the dribbler.


Game: Line soccer

Set-up: Area measuring 30 yards by 20 yards. The area is divided into two equal horizontal zones.


Description of exercise: Both teams score by dribbling through the opponents’ goal line. No corner kicks take place.


Variation: To increase the intensity and make the defenders work more aggressive to win the ball, the attackers score a point if they make five consecutive passes inside the defending team’s half.


Functional practice 1: 3v2 with scoring zones and no goalkeepers

Aim: To work on the distances, angles and shifting as a unit.


Set-up: Area measures 30 yards by 20 yards. The area is further divided into three equal horizontal zones with the outer zones being the scoring zones as seen in the diagram. Two players are defenders and three are attackers. If we have
more than three attackers, they take turns.


Description of exercise: Attacker A1 starts with the ball. He can either dribble the ball or pass to any other teammate to start the attack. The defenders aim not to let the attackers score from inside the attacker’s scoring zone. If the defenders win the ball they counter on the opposite goal and must score from inside their assigned scoring zone.


Variation: Play two attackers against two defenders and a neutral player. The neutral player plays with the team in possession. Thus when the defenders win the ball, they have a numerical superiority of 3v2 to counter.


Functional practice 2: 4v3 (recovering defender) with scoring zones and no goalkeepers.

Aim: To work on delaying play until the right moment to attack the ball is on.


Set-up: Area measures 30 yards by 20 yards. The area is further divided into three equal horizontal zones with the outer zones being the scoring zones as seen in the diagram. In this practice we have four attackers and three defenders.


Description of exercise: The attack starts in the situation depicted in the above diagram. Attacker A4 plays the ball to any of the three attackers. At that same moment the ball is played, another defender recovers back to form a compact unit of three. Attacker A4 joins the attack after passing the ball. The attackers score from inside their marked scoring zone while the defenders aim to prevent the attackers from scoring, win the ball and counter to score from inside their scoring zone.


Variation: Play three attackers v three defenders and two neutral players.


Variation: 4+target player v 3

The attacking team scores two points after combining with the target player A5 to finish on goal (shown below) and one point if scored by any other means. 

Game: Scoring from inside the opponents’ half. 

Set-up: Area measuring 30 yards by 20 yards. The area is divided into two equal horizontal zones.


Description of exercise: Normal game except goals may only be score from the opponents’ defensive half of the pitch. Normal restarts take place if the ball gets out of the playing area.


Variation: To increase the intensity and make the defenders work more aggressive to win the ball, the attackers score a point if they make five consecutive passes inside the defending team’s half.

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