EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Defending front and back

The initial practices improve key defending techniques when either defending a dribble or defending a turn. The development pulls these techniques together in one drill.

What this session is about

Improving individual technique in defensive situations.

What to think about

  •  Holding up the attacker can often be as good as making a tackle as it allows team mates to get back and support.
  •  Body position side-on to show the attacker towards team mates or away from goal.
  •  Don’t commit too easily especially against the turn. Sometimes the ball cannot be won without committing a foul.
  •  Watch the ball, not the player.

Set-up

  •  Goal, penalty area, lots of balls.
Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes10-15 minutes10-15 minutes10-15 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Practice 1 – two teams take it in turns to attack and defend with the attackers dribbling towards goal. The first team to score 5 goals wins.

Practice 2 – the midfielder passes into the attacker who must try to turn and score a goal. The defender must stop the attacker. Again, the first team to score 5 goals wins.

Players take it in turn to attack and defend the dribble 1v1.

Players take it in turn to attack and defend the dribble 1v1.


Development

Player A passes to player B and runs to defend 1v1. Immediately this ball leaves the pitch, the coach passes a 2nd ball to player A who must now become the attacker and attempt to turn and score. Player C must run and try to stop player A turning.

In the next part the players must defend the turn.

In the next part the players must defend the turn.


Game situation

Play a normal game and then look at 1v1 situations. This will give you a chance to coach correct technique and reward good play. If 1v1s are limited then add a man-marking rule where players pair up with an opponent. The players are now only allowed to tackle their opponent. This will ensure that plenty of 1v1 action takes place.

Now combine the skills learnt previously. Players should rotate between positions A, B and C.

Now combine the skills learnt previously. Players should rotate between positions A, B and C.


What to call out

  •  “Pressure the attacker”
  •  “Stop the turn”
  •  “Block the shot”
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