Academy Centre Review
Session Dates: Monday 19th November, 26th November & 3rd December
Learning Block: Intelligent Defending
Session Focus: How can we press out of possession to stop attacks? Isolated Defending Games & 2v2 Defending
As we have completed 4 weeks of learning block two of Intelligent Defending, our groups have shown fantastic progress within the last few weeks as make defending "attractive" during our sessions.
Within the 3 sessions in this review, we have included key messages from each session which are important for our players to understand at the end of each week.
HOW CAN WE PRESS OUT OF POSSESSION TO STOP ATTACKS?:
We must press as 'units' (units = more than 1 player) within our team to press - e.g striker & left midfielder, striker & right midfielder, striker & attacking midfielder etc.
Those players not in the pressing unit to block off passing lanes to oppositions teammates, how = checking shoulders, looking for opposition players, moving into spaces to stop passes.
Can I press quickly to stop the opposition from making a decision?
ISOLATED DEFENDING GAMES:
Can I help my nearest team mate to press, tackle and/or intercept?
If I'm the highest player in my team, can I press the defenders as quickly & early as possible?
If I'm the last defender, can I be strong in my tackle to win possession back for my team & start a counter attack?
If I'm the nearest player to the ball I'm going to press whilst my teammates marks the opponent.
Can I check my shoulders to block passes? Interception is a great way to start a counter attack.
My reactions are so important to press & tackle, if my reactions are slow I'm giving time & space to the other team to attack.
Well done to our Players of the Week below who stood out within their groups.
Next session - Tactical session of 'How can we intercept forward passes to stop attacks?'
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