Sunday, May 24, 2015

U13 practice #6 Defending

Theme for this week:  Defending  

Defending coaching points
Defender's stance:
Defender's feet should be about a shoulder width apart (boxer stance)
- legs should be slightly bent
- stay on toes so you can react to any sudden changes of direction by the attacker.
- quick close down
- delay/give space - don't commit- jockey
- watch ball not player
- make the attacker make the mistake
Defender positioning:
- defender is goalside (closer to net than attacker)
- direct attacker into area where there is support

Warm up:
Agility and Dynamic warm up (dynamic stretching).
Ball warm up:
Keep Away - 20 X 30 m grid. All players except for two are dribbling within a grid. Those without balls try to win ball from other players and then continue to dribble with grid. When coach stops play the two players without balls must do a challenge.

Game:  Regular rules except man on man marking only. Pair up forwards and defence, and midfielders and midfielders. Have one player on each team who can check anyone. Stress importance of knowing where your check is and to get goalside and defend against check when ball is lost. Try having offensive team play 4 touch (4 touches to play the ball/pass)

Technical Session on Defending:
1v1 defending:  demo coaching points
Play kings court style 1v1, create enough small grids for each pair to have a grid to play in, play 2 minute games of 1 v 1.  To score, you must stop the ball dead on defenders end line.  To start play, defender serves (crisp pass to offensive player and then closes down right away).  (as in video except multiple grids so no line ups.)

Gauntlet drill:

Have defenders move up in grid after each player goes through the gauntlet. The objective is to see if a player can beat all the defenders and shoot on goalie. Defenders are trying to stop attacker in each grid. Check it out.

move to 2v2 defending
coach one player to play/pressure the ball and the other to cover and support.

1v1 to numbers game:
Have two small goals on either end of a mini field.  Balls at centre on side of grid with coach, line up of players on either side of coach (two teams, one in pinnies), play a ball into middle of field, 1v1 until dead or score.  Can increase number of players going for ball to create different situations, 2v2, 3v3 etc...or numbers game:  Number players 1,2,3,4,5 etc. Call out a number. Coach rolls out ball at center line and numbered player on each team must try to win ball and then either defend their goal or attack the other goal. Progress to calling out more than one number and encourage players on same team to work together to score. . Add a goalkeeper

Game:  two teams, one ball, play the beautiful game!

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