Level 2 final
Am about to do my final assessment level 2 on the above subject and
would just like some general pointers on delivering my subject please.
On technical, I will start using 1v1 concentrating on angle and speed
of approach and shape. Then go to 1v2 trying to get the second defender to
follow shape of first defender and to communicate to influence the
collective defending, show him line, inside, get tight etc.
On skills I will move to 3v3 one side attacking the other defending,
thus bring a third player into the defensive organisation, coaching
squeezing play. Getting tight and communication leading to good team work.
SSG will be 4v4 one goal for attackers to score in and end zone for
defenders to pass into. I will use one keeper and one receiver at the end
zone. Attackers 121 Defenders 211. I will also intend to coach the keeper
Any thoughts would be gratefully received.
Steve has passed on your enquiry to me
regarding your level 2 assessment.
Having looked at your ideas I have to say
you have things very well planned. Your progression will give you the
opportunity to coach all of the major coaching points on roles of the
defenders - pressure, cover and balance.
I would encourage you to have a look over
the relevant Technical Syllabus files in Premium. Be content to
communicate your points gradually as you go through your session, coach
what you see and don't be tempted to force things to happen. Your
candidates will give you plenty to coach.
From experience some of the most common
defensive errors that you will observe in your session are likely to be...
First defender not getting tight enough - In
a real game situation this allows the player on the ball to make a through
pass beyond the defender. We need to keep the opposition playing in front
of the defence
First defender diving in, defenders need to
balance aggression and determination with patience.
Half-hearted efforts by first defenders to
"show" the player on the ball inside or out. Usually the 1st defenders
have to be content that they will not actually win the ball if they are
going to "show" the attacker towards the line or towards their supporting
defender. Often they end up doing neither.
Lack of good communication by second
defender - never under-estimate how important this is.
And very important, if the player on the
ball makes a pass to their supporting attacker it is VITAL that eh 1st
defender drops off instantly to cover space and support their team mate
who should have stepped up quickly to press the ball.
There are plenty more but these things come
up every time unless you have an especially talented group; make sure by
the way you select your participants that you don't!
One last thing that I always find helpful,
remember that football is a game of opposites, what is good for attackers
is bad for defenders and vice-versa. So try to get your defenders to see
the game from the point of view of their opponents. Use Q & A to help
them see how they can make better decisions and make their opponents life
Good luck, by the sounds of your plan you
will do fine, please let us know how it goes.
Yours in sport