This session helps defenders understand the importance of marking tightly in the penalty area and not losing their man. MORE
Attackers defend first
If your attackers can be the first wall of defence when the opposition has the ball – your team is likely to win the ball and prevent any shots being taken at your goalkeeper. This means possession will be regained closer to your opponent’s goal.
What this session is about
- Reacting to losing possession.
- Working together to win the ball.
- Winning possession near to the opponent’s goal.
What to think about
If your forwards work hard to press the opposition defenders then the following may happen:
- The opposition defenders will never feel comfortable in possession of the ball so any forward passes will be rushed and lacking in quality.
- If the forwards are able to win the ball, your team will be in a very good attacking position close to the opponent’s goal.
Use the penalty area for the session. For the development, create an area 40 yards long by 30 yards wide with one regular-size goal with two mini goals. For the game, use an area 60 yards long by 40 yards wide with a goal at each end.
|Warm up||Session||Developments||Game Situation||Warm Down|
|10 minutes||10 minutes||20 minutes||15 minutes||5 minutes|
What you get your players to do
Play 4v4 in the penalty area with a goalkeeper on the defence’s team. Four attackers pressure the four defenders, who are keeping possession of the ball in the area. Once the attackers win the ball, they try to shoot and score a goal. Change attackers every three minutes.
Set up the playing area as in the middle picture. Use three teams of four players and one goalkeeper.
A team of defenders protects the big goal and tries to score in either of the mini goals.
The other teams take turns to pass the ball to the defenders and then run to put pressure on them. They try to regain possession and then score a goal past the goalkeeper.
If the defenders are successful at playing out of defence and manage to score in a mini goal, the attacking team becomes the new defending team. However, if the attackers regain possession and score a goal, then the defence stays in position to face the next team of attackers.
Play a small-sided game as in the bottom picture with throw-ins and corners but with conditions. Play starts with team A’s goalkeeper.
One player from team A goes into the opposite half to create a 1v1 with a defender from team B. The goalkeeper is allowed to make one unopposed pass to a team mate. Team B now pressures team A in order to:
- Regain the ball near to the goal
- Stop team A passing to its forward who has a 1v1 situation to score a goal.
If team A can pass the ball to its forward then two more of its players can run into that half to create a 3v1 situation to score. This rule forces team B to apply high pressure and to work as a team.