U15 - U18

Organize a flat back 4

Technical warm up - Area – 24 x 25 (Two 12 x 25 areas)

4v4 with 2 or 3 target players outside the area. The coach has all the soccer balls.

1. The 4 players cannot come outside their area.

2. The coach serves in a ball.

3. The objective of the exercise is for the players in possession to pass to any of the target players. The ‘back four’ move as a unit to block the passes.

4. If a pass is blocked or a pass is made to the target players the game continues.

5. Change target players

Coaching points:

Team-work and communication

Positional sense, angles, balance of the four players

1v1 in a flat back 4 - Area – Half a field with four playing areas as shown. Two midfielders for each team are placed on the half way line. The dark midfielders are support players for the attackers and are there for wall passes. The yellow midfield are there for the defender to pass to if they win the ball.

4v4 with 2 or 3 target players outside the area. The coach has all the soccer balls.

1. The coach passes to an attacker. That player can only use the channel they are assigned to. They play a 1v1 against the defender. The other attackers still offer support in their channel.

2. If the attacker is successful they can either shoot or cross for a team mate.

3. If he/she cannot beat the defender they pass to another team mate (red lines)

4. Defenders who are not involved in the play must still take up good defensive positions in their channels.

Variation: Remove the channels.

Coaching points:

Team-work and communication

Positive 1v1

Area: Have a field. 6 v 5 on the field with a goalkeeper. Four defenders and a holding midfield player against 6 attackers. The number of players can be changed depending on your teams formation. The coach has all the soccer balls.

1.The coach serves in a ball to an attacking player.

2. The closest defender closes the player down.

3. The rest of the defense work on cover, balance and depth.

4. If the defenders win the ball they attempt to pass the ball through either of the gates either first time or combination passing with their team mates.

5. Good communication is maintained between the defending team.

Coaching points:

Communication (From the goalkeeper)

A balanced defense.

Pressure, cover, balance and depth.

Positioning of the full backs.

Recovery runs. Get behind the ball.

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