The long ball over the top of the defence can be difficult to defend against in youth soccer, so I’ve put together five drills and activities to help you coach defending against teams that play long ball tactics… One of the best ways to stop long balls is to get strikers to press high up... MORE
Block passes (U9 activity)
“Watch the pass and block” • “Cover the square” • “Steal a space and block the pass”
Set up a 15 x 10 yards area split into six 5 x 5 yards squares. You need four passing players and four defenders.
Put one passing player into each of the end squares and get them to pass a ball between themselves so that it goes across the middle two squares.
The defenders must move into the middle squares and work hard to block any passes that go through there. Rotate the defenders so that they have 30 seconds in the one square before moving onto the next square (or round to the back of the queue).
The passing players score points if they make a clean pass across the centre squares. The defenders score a point if they intercept the ball.
Play for 4 minutes then swap passers and defenders.
How many players do I need?
We used eight players in this activity.