Academy Centre Review
Session Dates: W/C 7th January, 14th January, 21st January & 28th January 2019
Learning Block: Defending Turnovers
Session Focus: 'Understanding when & how to recover to regain possession', 'How do we maintain shape off the ball when losing possession?', 'Transitional Based Games' & 'First reactions to press when losing possession'.
It's been a very positive start to 2019 for our Academy Centre groups on a Monday at Easthampstead Park School as we introduce 'Defending Turnovers' to our groups.
This learning block is focused on what each individual, unit & team do upon losing possession of the ball & stopping any potential counter attacks. This block in particular is focused on first reactions, triggers & first movements to successfully defend which will *hopefully* win back possession for their team.
UNDERSTANDING WHEN & HOW TO RECOVER TO REGAIN POSSESSION?:
We must recover as soon as we lose possession, my reaction speed to recover is important to stop any overloads & counter-attacks for the opposition.
When we lose the ball, I've got to be quick to recover as if I'm not, it's easy for the opponents to counter attack us.
We need to work together as a team to encourage players to recover quickly so we can keep a good defensive shape.
HOW DO WE MAINTAIN SHAPE OFF THE BALL WHEN LOSING POSSESSION?:
We have to work together to stay compact & to minimise available spaces so the attackers can't pass or dribble through us when we lose possession.
When we lose possession, shall we press to win the ball back or get back into our shape to stop a counter-attack?
If we decide to press to win the ball back, can we keep spaces minimal & press at the same time?
TRANSITIONAL BASED GAMES?:
Challenge 1; When we lose the ball, can we react to win the ball back within 5 seconds?
Challenge 2; When we lose the ball, can we win the ball back as high as possible up the pitch? e.g attacking third.
Challenge 3: When we lose the ball, can we show a good shape to not get counter-attacked?
FIRST REACTIONS TO PRESS WHEN LOSING POSSESSION?:
Can I react as quickly as possible? If I'm not quick enough, the opponents have more space to attack into.
When we react to win the ball, can we force them back to their goal or into danger areas?
When we lose possession, every player from my team must react so we can successfully defend together.
Well done to our Players of the Week below who stood out within their groups.
Next session - Tactical session of 'How do we press the ball when losing possession?'.
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