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Preventing penetration

This drill reinforces the basic principles of two-player defending. It is ideal for coaching your players to close down space, provide cover and force the play in one direction.

What this session is about

  1. Applying the basic principles of defending.
  2. Making play predictable.
  3. Working together to deny penetration.

What to think about

  • The nearest defender to the ball quickly applies pressure. He must be aware of the speed and angle of approach.
  • The second defender provides cover at the correct distance and at an angle to the first defender. He is then in a position to make an effective challenge if the first defender is beaten.
  • The players must provide clear communication.

Set-up

  • Create a playing area approximately 10 yards by 15 yards.
  • Have four attackers spread around the edge of the playing area, versus two defenders positioned within the area.
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What you get your players to do

  • Beginning at half-speed, attackers pass the ball to each other, looking for an opportunity to dribble to the opposite side of the area.
  • The defenders close down the space and look to force the play in one direction. They must try to win possession or force a mistake within a minimum of six passes.
  • Attackers get a point for completing a dribble or six passes. The defenders get a point if they win the ball.
  • Increase the speed of the drill.
  • The players switch roles.
The attackers pass and look for space to dribble across the playing area. The defenders remain alert to follow the ball’s direction.

The attackers pass and look for space to dribble across the playing area. The defenders remain alert to follow the ball’s direction.


Development

The attackers can either pass the ball between the defenders or dribble between them. The defenders must be aware of player movement and look to cover each other.

The defender nearest the player in possession closes down the space. The second defender covers, helping to make the play predictable.

The defender nearest the player in possession closes down the space. The second defender covers, helping to make the play predictable.


Game situation

Create a playing area approximately 20 yards by 20 yards. Play 2v2 with two target players moving up and down opposite sides of the playing area.

If a team passes to a target and receives the ball back, or dribbles over an end line, they switch direction and play to the other target/end line.

The team not in possession must win the ball. Give one point for passing to a target or dribbling over an end line.

Give three points for passing to two consecutive targets, or dribbling over both end lines without losing possession.

A team achieving three points must concede possession. After a set time rotate the sides, allowing the target players to play as a pair.

The team in possession must pass to a moving target player at the end line or dribble through. The defending team must win possession.

The team in possession must pass to a moving target player at the end line or dribble through. The defending team must win possession.


What to call out

  • “Nearest player presses the ball carrier”
  • “Keep compact”
  • “Stop the ball being played forward”
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