Defending Outnumbered | Opposed / Opposed / Skill (13-S2)

Phase 5: Defending Organised

Age Group 12+

Duration 90 minutes

Players 14+

This 3 Part, 90min Session defending session is for players aged 12 and above with a minimum of 14 players, using an 3 opposed practices differing in complexity.

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Opposed Skill

13

Defending Outnumbered | Opposed (13-P3)

Organisation / Set Up
This opposed defending practice is part 3 of theme 13 Defending Outnumbered, working 3 defenders against 6 possession players. In this 25 by 25 Yard area, there is a 10 by 10 area where defenders will begin, the objective is for the passing team to combine with a single teammate in the central area to play through; defenders must stop this.
 

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Key Coaching Points
  • (Tact) Decisions to press
  • (Tech) Body shape and position in defending 1 v 1.
  • (Psych) Support teammates by covering effectively.
 
 

Defending Outnumbered 13 P3 2

 

Progressions & Constraints 1
By allowing attackers to play through to the opposite half without going through the central square, forces defenders to cover more space.

 

Defending Outnumbered 13 P3 3

 

Progressions & Constraints 2
Reduce the challenge, by conditioning the possession team to 2 touch, allowing defenders more chance of winning the ball by pressing early to regain..

 

 
 

Defending Outnumbered 13 P3 4

 

Key Questions
  • How are you regaining possession by pressing effectively?
  • How and when do you decide to press as a group?
  • How do progressions influence your defending and how do you adapt as a defensive group?

 

 

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OPPOSED

13

Defending Outnumbered | Opposed Practice (13-P1)

Set Up / Organisation
Practice 1 from our Van Dijk based Coaching Theme 13 ‘Defending Out Numbered’ is based on 2 teams playing in a 433. 2 Defenders set up against 3 attacking players in a 30 by 30 yard area, with one recovering defender starting on the attackers first touch. Objective is for the attacking team to score quickly taking advantage of the immediate overload, with the defending team aiming to win possession and score in one of two mini goals.
 

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Key Coaching Points
  • Tactical | Forcing direction to create a 2 v 2 and eliminate extra attacking player
  • Technical | Defensive ability in 1 v 1s, jockeying on toes able to adjust and turn
  • Social | Support teammates who become the primary pressing player (positioning)
 

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Progressions & Constraints | 1
  • Progression | Not allowing the defensive midfielder (4) to recover into the deepest 10 yard zone, encouraging quicker play from the front 3.
 

13 P1 4

 
Player Challenges | 1
  • Recognising pressing triggers on a bad touch or a slow pass.
 

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Player Challenges | 2
  • Providing effective covering positions for teammates.
 

13 P1 6

 
Player Challenges | 3
  • Pace and angles of recovery runs made.
 
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Skill

13

Defending Outnumbered | Skill Practice (13-P2)

Organisation / Set Up
This practice is played in a single half of the pitch and the width of the 18 Yard box. Based on a 343, we have Gold players defending in a 3 v 3, ready for a possible counter. 4 players look to keep the ball against 3 players who counter attack on winning possession. 2 attacking players can support the counter, with a single defender recovering, creating a 5 v 4. If defended well and possession regained, players can pass back into the possession zone to continue practice.
 

Defending Outnumbered 13 P2 2

 
Key Coaching Points
  • (Tactical points) Effective decisions to press or delay
  • (Technical points) Body shape and position in unit defending.
  • (Social points) Support teammates when they press, with effective covering positions to protect.
 
 

Defending Outnumbered 13 P2 3

 

Progressions & Constraints 1
Progress to allow attackers to score if they break the defensive line.

 

Defending Outnumbered 13 P2 4

 

Progressions & Constraints 2
Challenge further by moving a red player forward, allowing 4 attackers to score in a 4 v 2 in 10 seconds...

 

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Progressions & Constraints 3
..Otherwise possession is transferred for a 4 v 3 counter for the opposition, with one player recovering.

 

 
 

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Key Questions
  • How are you regaining possession by pressing effectively?
  • How and when do you decide to press as a group?
  • How do progressions influence your defending and how do you adapt as a defensive group?