EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Side orders

Force the opposition sideways into the wide areas when they are in possession to keep the main threat away from goal with this session.

What this session is about

  1. Keeping attackers away from goal.
  2. Making attackers go the way you want them to go.

What to think about

First defender

  • Move quickly while the ball is travelling, to within touching distance of attacker, but slow down on final approach.
  • Place body between the attacker and the target.
  • Be balanced and adopt a slightly side-on body shape, crouching slightly, with knees bent and with weight on the balls of the feet.
  • Force the opponent sideways.
  • Stay on the feet unless certain of winning the ball.

Second defender

  • Communicate with first defender.
  • Provide angled cover (behind and “goal side”) and be ready to make an effective challenge if the first defender is beaten.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes10 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Play on a 30-yard square with a 10-yard square at one end.

A defender starts outside the small square and the attacker outside the big one. The defender passes to the attacker who attempts to dribble into the small square. The defender attempts to stop him for a set time period. The ball is dead once a tackle is made, the time is reached or the square is reached.

Variation: The defender starts from one of the sidelines of the large square.

Defender (D) looks to prevent attacker (A) getting into the small square.

Defender (D) looks to prevent attacker (A) getting into the small square.


Development

Play 2v2 on the same pitch with the same rules.

Possible variations include the second defender starting from the sideline as in the previous drill or the second attacker starting as a server from the sideline before joining in. Defenders switch pressing/covering roles depending on who’s nearest the ball.

Play 2v2 in the same area with the same rules.

Play 2v2 in the same area with the same rules.


Game situation

Play 4v4 plus manned goals on a 40 x 30-yard pitch. The goals are in 10-yard squares. Goals scored from within these squares count double.

Play 4v4 with a manned goal inside a 10-yard square. Goals scored from inside the square count double.

Play 4v4 with a manned goal inside a 10-yard square. Goals scored from inside the square count double.


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