Defending

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.

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Get your players defending channel side

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 […]

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I love this game from Michael Beale's <em>Perfect Defending</em> 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 <a href="http://www.betterfootballcoaching.co.uk/Keyword-248-Attack">attack</a> that has just taken place.

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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.

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This <a href="http://www.betterfootballcoaching.co.uk/Keyword-241-Football-Drills--Skills">drill</a> is 1v1 on the pitch but the <a href="http://www.betterfootballcoaching.co.uk/Keyword-246-Defence">defender</a> 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.

Hey, team mate, let’s talk

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.

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<p>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</p>

Hold ’em up

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

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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.

Full back v wide player

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.

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Defenders can prevent certain goals from being scored by getting  themselves between the goal and the ball. Some <a href="http://www.betterfootballcoaching.co.uk/Keyword-246-Defence">defenders</a> have the  ability to read the situation and manage to "throw" themselves in front  of the ball to deflect it away from goal.

Coach your players to block the shot

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.

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