Lesson plan - small
my thanks to
Pill's Drills for this
A good session for U12 players who have
been introduced to the concept of 123 defending
5 - 10 minutes. Activity level - Mild, increasing. Space: General. 1 - 2
Players per group.
Groups of three, one ball per group.
Player A rolls the ball (receiving ground balls) or tosses the ball
(receiving air balls) to either player B or player C. In
this example, player C must control the ball and get a completed
pass to player B. While this is occurring, player A
immediately challenges player C and tries to win the ball back.
After successful pass, player C would then pick up the ball and
repeat the activity as the defender. The defender is awarded a point for
winning the ball back and gets to throw again.
20 - 25 Minutes. Activity level: Medium progressing to high. Space:
Defined space "smaller". 3 - 5 players per group.
Defending principles of play
Four Goals - End Line
4 v. 4. Each team defends two goals and
attacks two goals. Having the goals on the end lines makes this game more
realistic as it forces the attacking team to have more of a direction to
30 Minutes plus. Activity level: High. Space: Defined for the game =
larger space. 7 - 11 players per team.
Four Zones Game
A regular 11 v. 11 or 8 v. 8 scrimmage.
Break the field into 4 horizontal zones. Award the defending team points
when they win the ball back in a chosen zone. For example, the Blue
team might be given 3 points for winning the ball back in the first zone,
two points for the second zone, one point for the third zone and no points
for the fourth zone. This can change depending on where the coach wants
the team to try tp force the play
5 - 10 Minutes. Activity level: Low ramping down. Space: General, No
specific boundaries. 1 - 2 players per group.
Two Sided Goal Game
A 2 v. 2 game played to a two sided goal.
Goals can be scored from either side. The game is a continuous flow game
that is best played for 2 - 3 minutes.