This game enables defenders to work on their communication and decision-making, helping them understand when they should press and when they should recover. MORE
In November 2008 we looked at defending individually and in 2s and 3s. This session pulls all of the techniques into a single session where defenders face an increasing number of attackers with each ball.
What this session is about
- Reacting to waves of attacks.
- Decision making under increasing levels of pressure.
What to think about
- Each game gives the defenders different problems to solve.
- Who is going to press the opponent? What type of support do you give your team mates?
- In the multi-ball exercise once a player has defended successfully, who should they go and help?
- 30×40 yard area.
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What you get your players to do
Three defenders start in the area and must defend 3v1, then 3v2 and finally 3v3 with the attackers attempting to score in the top goal.
After each wave of attacks the attackers replace the defenders for the next turn.
Next, the three defenders defend one attacker in a 3v1, then two attackers who have a ball each in a 3v2, then three attackers with a ball each in a 3v3 (creating 3 x 1v1 situations). Players must react to help each other as each ball leaves the pitch.
The defenders must defend 5 consecutive balls.
After each ball a new attacker enters the game. The defenders therefore practice from having a 3v1 advantage over the attackers through to 3v5 in attackers favour.
Attackers already in the playing area do not have to return to the starting point.
Play a normal game. Look at how the defenders work together to close out the opponents attacks. After experiencing the above games with multiple balls and outcomes, defending should seem easier in a normal game.
What to call out
- “React to the attackers”
- “Who is going to press?”
- “Who is covering?”
- “Can you win the ball?”