If you want your defence tight you’ll need to coach your players to force opponents wide leaving attackers unable to dribble into area 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.