Organising your team's defence is vital to having a successful season. So how do you go about getting your team to stop the opposition scoring goals? MORE
Jockeying (U11-U14 activity)
“Keep your eye on the ball” • Get side on to the ball” • “Get in a good position to block the route”
Set up two cones 10 yards apart. One player has a ball and moves towards the other player.
You don’t always need to tackle an opponent to dispossess them or slow their progress. Jockeying denies your opponent time and space, and it’s a good tactic to allow your team mates to get back in position.
Make sure your players stay goal-side, and also in front of your opponent. They do this by turning off their back foot as they move backwards.
Tell them to stay within an arm’s length of their opponent to increase the pressure on them.
How many players do I need?
Players work in pairs.