FORCING DIRECTION | SKILL (19-P1)

FORCING DIRECTION | SKILL (19-P1)

FORCING DIRECTION | SKILL (19-P1)

Set Up / Organisation

This practice is focused on forcing direction to win possession to counter. With Blues building out in a 433, Golds defend in a 442 Diamond with changes with progressions. In this 40 x 30 Yard area, Blues must use the full width to penetrate the defence to score in mini goals, whilst Golds must defend central areas, forcing play wide to regain in wide zones. On winning possession wide, Golds can counter to finish.

 

  • Attacking Emphasis 30% 30%
  • Defending Emphasis 70% 70%

Age Group

Number of Players

Minutes

Key Coaching Point | Forcing Direction

If Blues have ball in wide area, all Yellows must be on that side of the pitch. Defensive Shape.

Key Coaching Point 2 | Actions on Winning Possession

Diamond Yellows must now ensure they stop ball into ST, forcing play across and backwards. Compactness, which allows Yellows to regain and counter quickly or keep possession and build to finish.

Progression 1 | Add ST to Defend Against

Change formation to add a striker which forces defenders to rethink how they press and force direction in the defensive phase. 

Progression 2 | 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

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Difficulty Rating

How to Defend as A Compact Box 4 (06-P3)

How to Defend as A Compact Box 4 (06-P3)

How to Defend as A Compact Box 4 (06-P3)

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 This 4 v 4 Practice + floaters can be worked to on penetration passing and defensive compactness. Decide on your focus, maybe one coach with one group and other with opposition, rotating players throughout.

  • Attacking Emphasis 75% 75%
  • Defending Emphasis 34% 34%

Age Group

Number of Players

Minutes

Key Point

The box 4 in defending must focus on distances and angles of cover to ensure they are not penetrated by the attacking passing team. They must ensure they are aware of the receiving player behind them and the pattern of play, anticipating where passes are to be played. 

Progression 1

We can now allow a single defender to press, forcing the 3 covering defenders to cover a larger area and for the possession team to move the ball quickly, increasing challenge for both groups in different areas of the practice. 

Key Coaching Points

– Social: Communication between players in defending phase
– Physical: Cover distances quickly
– Psychological: Awareness of players behind to cover passing lines

Q&A
  • Where is the best position to support my teammate?
  • How does the pressing defender affect the practcie and do we need to adjust session?
  • Who needs challenging more and how can we apply constraints to enhance this challenge?

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How to Defend Compact as Defending 3 (06-P1)

How to Defend Compact as Defending 3 (06-P1)

How to Defend Compact as Defending 3 (06-P1)

  • Attacking Emphasis 35% 35%
  • Defending Emphasis 65% 65%

Age Group

Number of Players

Minutes

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Set Up

20 x 20 yard for younger age groups, increasing in size with age increase no bigger than 30 x 30. Four players to keep possession on outside of square with two Floaters either end & 1-2 placed centrally, with four Yellows central trying to regain possession. When possession regained Yellows move to outside, Blues become central defending players.

Progression 1

Once defenders have gained possession, then now become outside players and switch play.

Progression 2

1 player can step inside off the line, encouraging outside floater to find angles.

Progression 3

One defender can now press in the outside area, leaving 2 defenders centrally to limit any penetration.

Progression 4

A player can now drop into central zone to connect of the shoulder or pressing defender, timing is crucial.

Progression 5

After successfull connection in the area, player must drop and another player from one of the two remaining teams must look to connect in the central zone.

Key Coaching Points
  • Pressing and Screening
  • Compactness in central zone
  • Communication between defenders 
Q&A
  • Where is the best position to support my teammate?
  • How can I limit penetration?
  • How does this change defending when a teammate presses?

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