Use this training session to coach your defenders to keep the penalty area free of danger by blocking, intercepting and clearing the ball. Why use it This is about defending around the penalty area in different situations and it covers individual defending and defending in pairs. It helps players understand their responsibilities when protecting the […]
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.
Track is what midfielders do when closely following an opposing midfielder’s forward run. In a game, it is important that a midfielder stays with his opponent and tracks his moves to stop him receiving the ball in attacking areas of the pitch. Warn midfielders not to get caught ball watching and allowing opponents to run off them into space. David Clarke’s Soccer Tactics Made Simple explains 58 […]
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 […]
A good defence will be able to pressure its opponent into making a mistake. The rule of this session is that the nearest player to the ball must go to pressure the player in possession.
Drill your defenders to cover each other while one of them deals with an incoming long ball that threatens your goal. Soon they’ll be experts at last-ditch defending.
In one of the matches we played this week my U10s team was attacking – all the players were in advanced positions. The opposition defence won the ball and were moving quickly to counter attack.
Intercepting the ball is a key alternative to the tackle so your team can regain possession to set up an attack.
Here is a tactic for your players to understand that getting goal-side may be one of the basic must-dos of the game but it can also be used as a tactic to stop the opposition breaching your defence.
Shapes are important in football. They happen all over the pitch, but you must make sure your players know how they work. Playing 3v3 matches shows you how to use triangles, says David Clark
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.