Practice plans

How to coach high pressure pressing - part 1

High pressure

in Core Skills, Defending, Practice plans

On the rare occasions Barcelona don’t have the ball, they put the opposition under immediate and intense pressure in order to win it back as quickly as possible. It’s a tactic they have used to great success over the years and if it’s good enough for the likes of Xavi, Iniesta and Messi, then why not give it a go? MORE

How to coach defensive square drills- part 1

The defensive squeeze

in Advanced Skills, Defending, Practice plans

If defenders can improve their movement and communication, attacks can be stopped. The practices in this session will help enhance your defenders’ ability to squeeze across and remain compact. The defence can then apply pressure on attackers. MORE

How to coach high presure defence drills- part 1


in Advanced Skills, Defending, Practice plans

Regaining possession of the ball can be done by defending in small groups. The main emphasis of this session is to get your players working hard to pressure the opposition and force mistakes so it loses the ball. MORE

How to coach defending in a pair- part 1

Defending in twos

in Advanced Skills, Defending, Practice plans

This session looks at two defenders working together to stop attackers. The session tests their ability to communicate and support when attackers are running towards goal, and when they receive the ball with their backs to goal. MORE

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