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 passing routes (U11 activity)
Block passing routes
“Check where the passing options are” • “Support your team mate” “Know where the ball is” • “Block passes or intercept the ball if you can”
Set up a 10 x 15 yards area. Play 2v2 plus a target player at one end for the attackers and a server at the other to start the activity.
The attackers aim to get the ball through the defensive duo to the target man – this is the equivalent of scoring a goal. The defenders try to deny the attackers space and prevent them from getting the ball through.
Success to the defenders is winning possession or forcing the ball out of play, using the techniques learned in the first defending activity.
Introduce attacking support players to advance the session and give defenders a much harder game.
How many players do I need?
We used eight players for this activity but you can vary the numbers to shift the challenge between attack and defence.