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 (U8 game)
Pressing the player with the ball
“Run towards the player with the ball” • “Try to get the ball” • “Stay between the ball and your goal”
Set up a 15 x 10 yards area with a goal and goalkeeper at one end.
Set your players up so you have a defensive four in front of the keeper. (This would be your defensive set up in a 5v5 game with an attacker, two midfielders and a defender.)
Put three attackers on the touchline opposite the goal. Give each of the three attackers a ball and get them to start at the far end and attack the formation – you can get them to go all at once or one at a time.
During a competitive 5v5 match, the defending team would drop and make this kind of formation to keep attacking teams at bay. It is a great way to practise match day formations when the opposition has the ball.
Once you have played this a few times, try it with one ball and the attackers linking up to attack the goal
How many players do I need?
We used eight players in the game with three attackers, four defenders and a goalkeeper.
Look for good shape.
Get players to shoot early.
Praise quick pressing and any players winning the ball.