One of the most important topics in defensive play is compactness. A key principle of compactness is that the playing area of the opposition is minimised so there is less space for them to attack in. Give your players a lesson in compactness MORE
Know that you must retreat when your side loses the ball (U7 game)
Know that you must retreat when your side loses the ball
CALL FOR THE CAVALRY
“Get between the ball and your own goal”
Set up a 15 x 10 yards area with a goal at each end.
Split players into two teams. Play 2v2 in the centre of the pitch with the remaining players coned off at the side of the area at the opposite end to the goal they are defending.
Start play by feeding the ball in to one of the teams, which then attacks the other team’s goal. The defending team must try and hold up play until you release the rest of the players.
The red players are joining the attack so they can go straight into the attacking areas. The recovering players move on your call “Yellow, defend”.
Play one way then play the other in a wave motion.
How many players do I need?
This works best with four players on each side plus goalkeepers.
At first give the defenders plenty of time to get back then make them wait longer.
Look first for players to get into position between the ball and goal then look for good blocks.