Channel side is a defending tactic used up by a central defender, which positions him closer to the touchline than his direct opponent. The defender will also be on the shoulder of the opponent and in a supporting position behind the team’s full back. Once in this position, the central defender can defend passes made into the “channel”, which […]
The defensive soccer drills and games in this section will help you coach your players to work as a unit at the back. We look at how your players should organise themselves, what are their roles and responsibilities as defenders, and how they should react in different defensive situations.
With work, you should be able to coach your players to control the game at the back and to start great passing moves leading to goals at the other end.
I love this game from Michael Beale’s Perfect Defending manual. There is such a lot of movement and changes in the angles of attack. It also requires match-like pace so players arrive on the pitch at different angles, speeds and levels of fatigue due to the attack that has just taken place.
This drill is 1v1 on the pitch but the defender receives verbal support from his team mate, which is crucial to developing a 2v1 defensive understanding. It helps players get used to talking to each other during matches and helping out verbally in situations where players cannot see each other.
Communication is the buzzword here, and you may well discover your next club captain through this simple game!
Often young defenders will go to the ball rather than stick with the attacker they are marking, which leaves big gaps in the defence.
A good fullback will force flashy wingers wide in order to stop them from putting your goal under threat. Use this game to show your defenders what to do
It is crucial to win your 1v1 battles in wide areas of the pitch whether attacking or defending. Developing your full backs and wide players so they can win these clashes in this part of the field could lead to clearing danger or putting in a threatening cross.
Defenders can prevent certain goals from being scored by getting themselves between the goal and the ball. Some defenders have the ability to read the situation and manage to “throw” themselves in front of the ball to deflect it away from goal.
What you tell your players the session is about: 1. How to mark opponents effectively.2. When to mark players and when to cover spaces.
Remember when you first started coaching and all the 5-year-olds ran around after the ball like bees around a honey pot? Well I’m not talking about that, I don’t want to see players hunting in packs to win the ball.