Article Number: 253
Article Type: Practice
Category number: 19
Theme name: Forcing Direction
Type: Skill
Phase: 4
Age: 11
Number of Players: 13
Duration: 25
Part: 1
Level: 1
Skill: Defending
Skill2: Pressing
Skill3: Compactness
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Forcing Direction 19 P1

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Forcing Direction | Skill Practice (19-P1)

Set Up / Organisation
40 x 30 yard playing area, with 4 mini goals in each corner. 2 teams set up as attack (Blue) v defence (Yellow), with central area for possession to be played through (30x20). Objective is to work the 4 Yellows defensively in a diamond  against a Blue overload with 3 central and 2 wide players, creating a 5 v 4. Both teams able to score 1 touch in directional practice.

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Progression 1 | Additional Striker
  • If Blues have ball in wide area, all Yellows must be on that side of the pitch. Defensive Shape.
Progression 2 | Add ST to Defend Against
  • Diamond Yellows must now ensure they stop ball into ST, forcing play across and backwards. Compactness.

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Progression 3 | Opposition Rotation
  • All Blues can now rotate inside and outside, creating a numerical advantage for Yellows to deal with.
Key Coaching Points
  • As a defensive practice in the main, we must ensure the attacking quality is at the level it needs to be in order to work the defenders. Focus on the shape, to begin with and ensure both teams are applying standard attacking and defensive principles before developing additional points.
  • Space | Focus on space between players, ensuring gaps are at a minimum in central areas, develop players ability to slide and press quickly in relation to the movement of the ball
  • Time | Set time objectives to remain compact and not allow them a shot on goal in 15 seconds for example. Could develop counter if need be (score in 6 seconds)
  • Equipment | Ensure balls provided quickly to maintain the tempo of practice. Balls in goals so when they score they have 3 seconds to start from own end, if they don't goal get's chalked off. TEMPO
  • Players | Develop individual ability by focusing on 2-3 players throughout.
  • Pre-plan defenders to develop, maybe midfield 4 diamond pressure or 2 CBs organising in front and set individual objectives
  • Advanced | We can clearly focus on many aspects of this Attack v Defence game, with an ability to also develop transition for defending the team, yet try to focus on a specific aspect, i.e. Diamond movement out of possession. It becomes easy to sway off topic, so try to stay focused, whilst maintaining challenge from opposition doing the right things to test players.
Player Focus
  • Shape Understanding | Defensive Shape | Compactness | Slide Across | Communication
Article Description 402 yard playing area, with 4 mini goals in each corner. 2 teams set up as attack (Blue) v defence (Yellow), with central area for possession to be played through (302).