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
Pressing the player with the ball (U10 activity)
Pressing the player with the ball
PRESS DANGER AWAY
“Cover the gaps” • “Where are the balls?” • “Anticipate the pass” • “Block the route”
Set up a 15 x 10 yards area with three cones along either side. Put a ball on top of each cone.
You need two teams of three players – one team defends one row of balls and the other team defends the other row.
You feed a ball into the middle of the area. The team that wins the ball tries to shoot at the opposition’s row of balls and knock them off. The other team must defend their balls and stop them being knocked off.
If the defending players press the attackers and win the ball, they must kick it out of play. The players then regroup and you restart by feeding another ball in.