D3. DEFENDING – Organization/Communication Part 1 

D3. DEFENDING – Organization/Communication Part 1  1hr 45min
Quote of the Session: “You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth Jr., American professional baseball player
Warm Up/Agility 10 mins
Warm Up – Proper Defensive Stance
As a warm up to this team defense series, you can have the team start in groups of two with one ball per group. Have the player with the ball start on one sideline and dribble all of the way to the other sideline working on various moves as they go along. The second player would be working on a proper defensive stance with their feet constantly moving and feinting as if they are going to go in for a tackle. At no point should the defender actually try to win the ball. When the player with the ball gets to the far sideline, they switch and now she works on her defensive footwork and the other player works on moves. Next the player with the ball dribbles at the defender just like before, but now when the coach yells “switch” the player with the ball steps back into a defensive position and the other player becomes the attacker. This does a good job of working on quick transition from offense to defense and is a great way to warm up for the team defense series.
Small Sided Game 15 mins
3 v 3 + 3, 2 GK Defending
Objective

  • To encourage front players to organize defensively to regain possession and create goal-scoring opportunities.

Organization

  • Three 48’ wide grids; 
  • two end-zone grids of about 20’ and a central grid of about 15’. 
  • Three teams of three players in different bib colors 
  • Two goalkeepers. 
Coaching Points

  • Pressure on the ball: directing play towards covering teammate to make play predictable. 
  • Cover player: read pressuring teammate movement early on and stay connected. 
  • Third player: anticipate through pass and intercept; otherwise initiate pressure on opposite grid.
Instructions

  • Players in end-zones: objective is to connect 5 passes prior to switching the ball (on the ground) to the opposite grid. 
  • Players in central zone: objective is to organize defensively to capture the ball and finish with a shot in goal. Defend with two players with one remaining in the middle grid to intercept through passes to opposite grid. 
  • Intervals: 2-3 minutes before switching central players.

Progressions

  • Play with four players in each team increasing the grid width as necessary.
Technical/Tactical 50 mins
1st, 2nd and 3rd Defenders Working Together 
The first progression in this series requires 6 players split in teams of two. The field is 15 yards wide and 25 yards long and 3 players are on offense as set up like the X’s in the diagram below and three like the O’s on defense. In the beginning, the X’s are stationary and pass the ball back and forth taking three touches. When the ball is in the center, the defense needs to adjust as shown in the 2nd diagram.

This allows the first defender to pressure the ball and the two outside defenders to take on the role of the second defender and offer support. The X’s are NOT permitted to go forward but they want to take their touches as quickly as possible to make the defense move quickly. When the ball goes to the outside players, the defenders adjust accordingly as shown in the 3rd and 4th diagrams. 
After the defenders work hard for 2 minutes, they should switch places with the offensive players.
Once the players are confident in their movements, the next step is say that after 5 passes, the offensive players may leave their positions and try to get the ball from one side of the field to the other. The defense is still not allowed to try to win the ball and the only thing they can do is maintain proper positioning to prevent the attackers from getting to their intended point.
Next the players can go live with the offense doing anything they want to get across the end line and the defenders allowed to win the ball. There are a lot of other variations that can be built into this drill such as putting a keeper on the far end line and having them work on communication by telling the defenders what to do. Also, while working on communication, you can have the keepers be the intended target of the offensive players. In order to get a point, they must chip the ball into the keepers hands (besides working on communication and chipping, this also forces the defense to get the players heads down so they can’t find the keeper).
Be creative and this drill can be an entire training session or you can use the rest of the drills in this progression.
Small Sided Game 30 mins
  • Two teams with goalkeepers.
  • Playing field of 40x20m
  • One goal at each end
Regular play with minimal coach intervention.

Toronto Hawks 2006 Outdoor Training 2017

  1. May 24th, 2017 – D1. Defending 1v1 Pressure the Ball
  2. May 26th, 2017 – D2. Defending 1v1 Body Position
  3. May 31st, 2017 – D3. Defending – Organization / Communication Part 1 
  4. June 2nd, 2017 – D3. Defending – Organization / Communication Part 1 
  5. June 6th, 2017 – D4. Defending – Organization / Communication Part 2
  6. June 9th, 2017 – D5. Defending – 2nd and 3rd Defender
  7. June 13th, 2017 – P1. Possession – Improve Game Awareness
  8. June 16th, 2017 – F1. Crossing and Finishing
  9. June 20th, 2017 – F2. Crossing and Finishing / Agility – Shooting
  10. June 23rd, 2017 – F3. Crossing and Finishing
  11. June 27th, 2017 – P2. Possession – Improve Game Awareness
  12. June 30th, 2017 – Practice Session for Small Number of Players ( 6 or 7)
  13. July 4th, 2017 – A1. Improve Game Aggressiveness Part 1
  14. July 5th, 2017 – A2. Improve Game Aggressiveness Part 2
  15. July 11th, 2017 – P3. Passing and First Touch
  16. July 14th, 2017 – P4. Passing and Change the Point of Attack
  17. July 18, 2017 – Repeat P4. Passing and Change the Point of Attack
  18. July 21st, 2017 – D1. Dribbling and Conditioning
  19. July 25th, 2017 – D2. Dribbling – Recognizing Opportunity
  20. July 28th, 2017 – Practice for Small Number of Players (6-7)
  21. August 1st, 2017 – Practice held by the assistant coach
  22. August 8th, 2017 – D3. Dribbling – Technical
  23. August 10th, 2017 – P5. Playing Out From the Back
  24. August 11th, 2017 -Repeat P5. Playing Out From the Back
  25. August 15th, 2017 – P6. Playing Out From the Back
  26. August 18th, 2017 – 

D2. DEFENDING 1V1 Part 2 – Body Position

D2. DEFENDING 1V1 Part 2 – Body Position 1hr 45min
Quote of the Session: “The enemy of the best is the good. If you’re always settling with what’s good, you’ll never be the best.”
Jerry Rice former American football player
Warm Up/Agility 10 mins
Defending Warm Up
 DYNAMIC WARM-UP

A. All players in 2 lines go thru a series of Dynamic Stretches:

  •     Hamstrings;Quadriceps; Gluts; Lower Back
  •     Adductors; Abductors Hip Flexors;
  •     Shoulders;  Calf Muscles

1V1 TRANSITIONAL

B. 2 partners with 1 ball

  •     On Coach’s command, a player dribbles then switch.
  •     They are going straight at each other no more than 10 yards. At a time.
  •     At first its shadow, after a few reps it’s competitive and they try to dis-posses each other of the ball
   SET THE MENTALITY (It is critical that the coach sets the right mentality to defend and win the ball)

  •     Teach the players proper defensive stand and technique
  •     Encourage body contact, use of body
  •     Objective is to defend aggressively
  •     To win the ball and keep possession
  •     To take pride in  defending individually and collectively
Small Sided Game 15 mins
4v4 Everyone Recovers
 In a space approximately 30W X 40L, two teams of 4 (or 5 0r 6, adjust the field dimensions accordingly) play a match. There should be a clearly marked middle line.  
  • Working as a unit
  • When and how to pressure and cover
  • Spacing between defenders (creating a “defensive block”)/Compactness
  • Transition and Recovery
A normal 4v4 game takes place, but on loss of possession, the team that lost possession MUST immediately recover to their half of the field before defending. By doing so, the defensive team will reduce the space between themselves making it difficult to penetrate. Recovering to your half is standing rule throughout the game.

Rule: If the attacking team scores, they get a point for the goal and an additional point for every defensive player not in the defensive half of the field.

Note: This exercise is appropriate to use with larger numbers (6v6, 8v8, 11v11) and/or to regulation goals.

Technical/Tactical 50 mins
1v1 Defending – Angle of Approach
  •  4 to 6 players per group.
  • Grids should be 15 yards long x 12 yards wide.
  • Place one pugg goal on the end-line
 
  • Red plays the ball out to White.
  • Red moves quickly to seal off the goal (angle of approach)
  • Close the space (speed of approach)
  • Get in a good defensive stance (don’t be square/ remain on the balls of your feet).
  • Red should begin to slow down and get “side on” as he approaches the attacker.
  • Defender should be patient and not “dive in”.  Force the attacker onto his/her weak foot.
  • Attackers should be daring and take the defender on. If the defender is slow to seal off the goal the attacker can shoot directly in to the pugg goal.
  • If the defender wins the ball, he/she should attempt to play the ball to the coach. This will teach the defender to get their head up and look to play forward immediately.
  • Rotation: After you defend you go to the end of the attacking line. After you attack, go to the end of the defensive line.
  • Variation:  Change the location of the goal, change where Red plays the ball from.
Defending Along the Line
  • Split field in 2 as shown in the picture
  • Divide players into two groups: Attackers (A) and Defenders (D)
  • Use a GK
 Defender must close down the attacker and force him to go towards the out line.
Play starts with the goalkeeper throwing or rolling the ball to the first attacker who will try to score. At the same time the first defender starts closing down the attacker and try to defend by forcing the attacker to go wide and get the ball. If successful he’ll try to pass the ball between the cones (or the small net).
Small Sided Game 30 mins
  • Two teams with goalkeepers.
  • Playing field of 40x20m
  • One goal at each end
Regular play with minimal coach intervention.

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D1. DEFENDING 1v1 Part 1 – Pressure the Ball

D1. DEFENDING 1V1 Part 1 – Pressure the Ball
1hr 45min
“Goals prevented are just as important as goals scored. If the other team can’t score, we can’t lose”Julie Johnston American soccer player and FIFA Women’s World Cup champion
Warm Up/Agility 10 mins
Dribbling the Gates
Set a number of gates up throughout half of the field like below. Each gate should be 2 yards wide.
Have half the players wear white and the other half blue. Have a white and a blue player match up with each other with one ball per pair. This is simply a 1v1game where the players try to score points by dribbling through as many gates as they can. The white player starts with the ball and tries to score as often as possible in the first 1 minute half. If the blue player wins the ball, then she tries to score goals. The only restriction is that the players can NOT dribble through the same goal two times in a row. After 1 minute half, they rest (and stretch) for a minute, then play the second half with the blue player starting with the ball.
With a team of 16 players, there will be 8 games of 1v1 going on at the same time. This will encourage the players to dribble with their heads up (or run into each other). At the end of the second half, you might let the winner rest for a minute while the loser suffers some type of consequence such as push-ups.

The key is to turn this into a very competitive match. The next game should feature a white winner matching up with a blue winner and also have the losers match up with each other. You can do this three times and get a very strenuous work out going.

Small Sided Game 15 mins
4v4 Attacking & Defending One Goal Line
  • Setup 2 teams of 4 inside players, 2 wide players and a GK
  • Use the real width of the pitch
  • Mark up outside channels for the wide players4v4 game where players play freely inside. Each team has 2 support players on the outside.
Attacker

  • Decision making to go to goal or play wide
  • Decision making of wide players to go in, dribble or use support

Defender

  • Apply good pressure on offensive players
  • Choose right moment to regain possession
Variations

  • Wide players must take the defender 1 on 1 to play the ball inside for a goal
  • Wide players have the option to dribble inside to create 5v4 situation
Technical/Tactical 50 mins
1 v 1 Triangle Defending
  • Create multiple 2 yard triangles
  • Players pair up (red/white) and are assigned a triangle, one ball b/n the two. The defender (white) starts inside the triangle with a ball. The attacker (red) stands 5 to 7 yards outside the triangle.

White passes the ball to red and quickly moves out to defend. Red tries to dribble through the triangle. Attackers get 5 points for dribbling through the triangle. Switch roles after each attack. Keep score!

  • Immediate pressure to the ball (“close the space”)
  •     Speed of approach (Fast first couple of steps, but slow down as you approach the attacker)
  •     Get side on (“steer the attack”)
  •     Soft on your feet, knees bent, weight slightly toward your back foot
  •     Patient defending (“Don’t dive in”)
Variations

  • Play promotion relegation. Winner moves up, loser drops back.
  • Groups of 3, Rotation, Defender to Attacker, Attacker to Resting, Resting to Defender.
1 v 1 Fast Break Attack to 2 Goals (focus on defending)
 Red attacks the white defender.  He tries to score in either of the gates (Pugg goals are the best).  Once Red is successful, scoring or taking a shot, the first white player in line immediately tries to attack the Red teams’ two goals.  The initial red attacker quickly recovers “transitions from offense to defense” (Pictured below).  When a player wins the ball during the initial 1v1 he/she tries to attack the opposing teams’ goals.  
  • Immediate pressure to the ball (“close the space”)
  • Speed of approach (Fast first couple of steps, but slow down as you approach the attacker)
  •  Get side on (“steer the attack”)
  •  Soft on your feet, knees bent, weight slightly toward your back foot
  •  Patient defending (“Don’t dive in”)
 When the opponent has scored or taken a shot you (the defender) join the end of your line.  Players that are “off” should always have a ball at their feet ready to begin the “fast break attack”.
Small Sided Game 30 mins
  • Two teams with goalkeepers.
  • Playing field of 40x20m
  • One goal at each end
Regular play with minimal coach intervention.