|Age: 12-Adlt||Intensity: Medium|
|Time: 30 mins||Positions: All|
|Players: 22||Area: 70x50 yrds|
- Coach how to shift the defending block.
- Coach team how to compact the field.
- Coach reducing the space between the lines.
Diagram 1. Set-Up Arrangement
- Full Field or can be adapted to a SGG (8vs8, 70x50 yrds) (30-40 mins). Field split into 9 zones (or 3 rds horizontally and laterally). Age: 14-Adult. 22 Players if full size:
- Formations & Set-Up
- Use the desired formation (4-4-2 Formation in example).
- Coach monitors the game from the sideline or on the field.
- Should be played with off-sides in effect.
- Teams can be set-up in different formations if needed to practice against a specific opponent.
- An assistant coach could be used for offsides.
- Back 4 play zonally and slide as a block. Usually a CB or GK will direct the movement. The weak side defender/midfielder (the players furthest away from the ball) should pinch in to maintain the compactness on the strong side. Leave the space wide on the weak side.
- Front 2 should play together and not become isolated when defending. Work to make play predictable and prevent simple forward passes to the opponents forwards.
- A natural leader (captain) should be communicating so the block moves in a united manner.
- Game in played under normal conditions with one major rule. The defending team should have all their players within 2/3rds of the length of the pitch and 2/3rds of the width. If we want to enforce this rule more strictly we can award a free kick to the attacking team if a player(s) are not quick enough to compress to the 2/3 area. An alternative is the coach to award a point to the attacking team if the defending team doesnt get within the 2/3rd space quick enough.
- In the regular full size goals.
- Communication to move as a unit.
- React to the ball position as the ball moves.
- Compress the play and space between the lines.
- Deny space for our opponents.
- Defending player furthest from the football (weak side) should react and recover to deny space (leaving the weak side open if necessary).
- Stay compact at all times when defending.
Diagram 2. Set-Up Arrangement
- Attacking (Red) Team play a 4-4-2 formation or the desired formation'. Diagram 2 shows the basic movement of the game (compressing the play into 2/3 rds width and 2/3 rds length. Note how the defending unit steps up and the weak side players slide to the strong side.
Diagram 3. Movement to Compress
- When defending as a block (zonal defending) the weak side players slide in to provide cover and weak side opponents are left unmarked if needed.
Diagram 4. Defending Switches of Play
- On switches of play the whole defending unit slides to the side of the football. The opposite side defenders then pinch in.