Give your back line a good work-out and ensure they can block any move from wide. By MICHAEL BEALE MORE
Recover when the ball is lost in transition
“Try to get back behind the ball” • “Don’t stop running” • “Know where the ball is” • “Block shots if you can”
Mark out a 20 x 10 yards area with a goal at one end. Put a pair of cones, 6 yards apart, at the far end and a pair five yards nearer the goal.
Three defenders start between the far cones. Put an attacker on each of the 5-yard cones and a static attacker in between them. At the other end, put a single defender and a goalkeeper.
Play starts with a pass from the static attacker to either of his two team mates.
When the attacker receives the pass the coach shouts out a number of defenders who can recover to help their lone team mate in defence.
The recovering defender must move to the area of danger and try to cover the attacker without the ball.
We used eight players for this activity.