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Jockey, tackle, block – stop the shot!

The session tests all the techniques defenders need as individuals to stop attackers from getting shots at goal in 1v1 situations.

What this session is about

  1. 1v1 defending.
  2. Preventing shots at goal.
  3. Decision making.

The session tests all the techniques defenders need as individuals to stop attackers from getting shots at goal in 1v1 situations.

What to think about

  • “Press” ball quickly – stay in touching distance of attacker.
  • Body between attacker and goal.
  • Defensive body shape.
  • Force sideways/away from goal/onto weak foot/ down the line etc.
  • Feint to tackle to gain initiative.
  • Timing and type of tackle – poke, block, sliding etc.
  • Throw body at shot if required.

Set-up

  • 3 players – 1 server, 1 attacker, 1 defender – in an area approx 10 x 15 yards with a goal at one end.
  • 1 ball.
Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

  • Server starts behind the goal and delivers the ball over the defender’s head to the attacker. The server then becomes the goalkeeper and the defender should stop the attacker from getting a shot at goal.
  • Restart when the ball goes out of play or when the goalkeeper or defender wins possession.
  • Rotate roles so each player has a go at being the defender.
Server plays the ball to the attacker before becoming the goalkeeper.

Server plays the ball to the attacker before becoming the goalkeeper.


Development

Server throws the ball into play but does not become a goalkeeper.
This increases the responsibility of the defender.

Attacker takes on defender to try and score a goal.

Attacker takes on defender to try and score a goal.


Game situation

Play 3v3 in a full-size penalty area with a goal at each end.

Any player can act as goalkeeper.

Goalkeepers can only ever roll the ball out, and players can use a throw-in to restart play if the ball goes out over the sideline.

Play 3v3 with “scramble” goalies.

Play 3v3 with “scramble” goalies.


What to call out

  • “Be patient but win the ball if you see an opportunity”
  • “Don’t dive in, stay on your feet and track the attacker”
  • “Threaten the ball”
  • “Watch the ball not the feints”
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