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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Tracking attacking players is crucial to defending as a unit

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 […]

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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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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.

Ready for battle

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.

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