Move the ball quickly from one wing to another to keep defenders guessing MORE
This session places an emphasis on midfield units staying compact and being hard to penetrate when out of possession. It identifies specific defensive roles for midfield players making them more compact and difficult to penentrate.
Players learn to recognise where small gaps and holes are in their defence, and to plug these straight away or be ready to plug them should the ball position move and they need to react.
You need balls, bibs, cones and goals. Set up an area 30 x 22 yards with a grid made up of 5×5 yard boxes. We used 16 players in the session.
Set up the session so you have three midfielders positioned in four squares, patrolled by three defenders in front of them. You also need 2 attackers and 2 defenders in the attacking areas outside the box and 1 wide player marshalled by 1 defensive midfielder. Midfielders can only use the boxes on their side of the zone and only one player from each team is allowed in each box The task is for midfielders to pass left and right until they are able to create an opening into an attacker. Midfielders, who are defending, fill gaps closest to the ball, leaving free the box furthest from the ball. Once the ball goes into the centre-forward, one attacking midfielder and one defensive midfielder release to make a 3v3.
Communication and support play in midfield to keep the midfield compact.