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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.
- Goal, penalty area, lots of balls.
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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.
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.
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.
What to call out
- “Pressure the attacker”
- “Stop the turn”
- “Block the shot”