INSPIRED, CONFIDENT & EFFECTIVE COACHING

Double defending

It is crucial that your first two defending players nearest the ball know what they should be doing when the other team has possession. A pair working in tandem can slow down attacks and win back possession efficiently.

What this session is about

  1. Players nearest the ball learn their respective jobs when defending.
  2. Combining and communicating in defence.

What to think about

The nearest defender to the ball:

  • Applies pressure while considering his speed, angle of approach and body shape.
  • Forces the attacker towards a team mate or off the pitch.

The second defender:

  • Provides cover – close enough to tackle if the attacker gets past the first defender. He has to be goal side and slightly to one side of his team mate and so that one pass/dribble can’t split the defenders and he can see everything that happens.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Mark out a square and use six players for this exercise.

One attacker is placed on each side of the playing area, with two defenders (D) inside. Attackers (A) pass the ball around the grid, until one of them sees an opportunity to attempt to dribble between the defenders to the opposite side.

If a defender stops the attacker, play is restarted with the attackers passing around the edges again.

Swap defenders with two attackers until all six players have had a go at defending.

Encourage defenders to work as a team to stop the attackers. Count up all the successful dribbles and the defending pair that concedes the fewest wins.

Attackers pass around the box until one sees an opportunity to try and dribble through the area and between the two defenders.

Attackers pass around the box until one sees an opportunity to try and dribble through the area and between the two defenders.


Development

Mark out an area with a middle channel and two cone goals at each end, as shown in the middle picture.

Split six players into three teams of two players. One team goes into the centre channel as attackers and the other teams go into opposite ends as defenders.

Attackers enter one end and try to beat the defenders and score in either cone goal. After the attack is over, the attackers receive another ball and attack the other defenders.

Swap the defenders with two attackers after a set time until all six players have had a go at being the attackers. The defending pair that concedes the fewest goals wins.

Two defenders protect two cone goals at each end of the pitch from attackers that start in the central channel.

Two defenders protect two cone goals at each end of the pitch from attackers that start in the central channel.


Game situation

Remove the five-yard channel and play a smallsided game (no keepers). In addition, use four target players, one behind each cone goal.

Teams score points for passing to the target player at the end they are attacking. Points are only scored if a pass through a goal is controlled by a target player. When a team passes to a target player, he passes the ball to the opposition team so they can attack in the opposite direction.

Play for five minutes, after which, the four target players form a new team switch roles with one of the other teams.

The team that scores most goals wins.

In a small-sided game, defenders work in groups of four to stop attackers scoring by passing to target players in the cone goals.

In a small-sided game, defenders work in groups of four to stop attackers scoring by passing to target players in the cone goals.


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