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Defending outnumbered

FIFA, 20 Dec 2022

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The session begins with a tag game.Next, the group partake in a shooting competition where the attacking teams have to move the ball fast in order to score a point. The session ends with a 7v5 game where the team with the numerical advantage has to find open spaces.

Warm-up: Capture the cones

Organisation

  • Divide the players into two teams with everyone starting at the same time
  • Each team has to retrieve cones or balls from the other half and return them to home base without being tagged in the opponents’ half
  • The first team to bring all the cones/balls to base wins
  • If a player is tagged in the opponents’ half, he/she must drop the cone/ball and return to base before trying again
  • Develop the game so players have to go in pairs, or groups, or the whole group
  • You can vary the running or movement styles

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • You can limit the number of taggers on each team

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Players can be tagged anywhere on the field

Great questions to ask the children

  • Can you show me how to change direction quickly?
  • Can you escape the taggers by being clever?

Safety tips

  • You can only tag players on the back or the knees
  • Create a safe playing area

Skill development: Quick attack

Organisation

  • Organise your group into two teams, which attack the opposite goal in threes
  • Begin with both teams starting at the same time and scoring into an empty goal – the first team to score wins the point
  • Develop the exercise so that players pass their ball to the opposite team, then race to score a goal with no opposition apart from a goalkeeper
  • Make one of the three a defender so that it becomes harder to score first and also to defend your own goal

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • No goalkeepers to start with and no conditions

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Every player has to touch the ball before they can score
  • Every player can attack and defend at the same time, no limits

Great questions to ask the children

  • Can you score a goal at the earliest opportunity?
  • Can you try different types of shots?
  • Can you follow up for rebounds?

Safety tips

  • Players must wait for you to say “go!” once the area is clear
  • Create a safe playing area

Game application: 7v5 game

Organisation 

  • Organise your players into two teams of 7v5 or 6v4 including goalkeepers and create mini-pitches
  • Encourage the team with extra players to keep the ball and spread out
  • Can the spare players find space to receive the ball?
  • Can the defending team work out the best way to defend when outnumbered?
  • Let the children referee their own games
  • Rotate players every few minutes so they get to play on both teams
  • Set conditions for how to score and let players find the solutions

 Ways to make the exercise easier

  • You could play 7v4 or 6v3

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • You could play 7v6 or 6v5

Great questions to ask the children

  • Can you spread out as a team to create space?
  • Can you retain possession and find your players who have no markers?
  • Can the defending team work out the best way to defend when outnumbered?

Safety tips

  • Create a safe playing area

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