EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Stop a forward pass

This session is designed to improve your midfielders’ defensive responsibilities by stopping forward passes and reacting to make recovery runs or track opponent’s forward runs.

What this session is about

  1.  Improving the defensive duties of your midfielders.
  2.  Improving recovery runs.
  3.  Improve tracking the forward runs from opponents.

What to think about

Does your midfield work hard enough to stop the opponent’s forwards?

If a pass is made into the opponent’s forward, do your defenders get tight and stop the players from turning, allowing the midfielders to make recovery runs?

Do the midfielders recover and track forward runs from the opponent’s midfielders?

This practice is aimed at improving these defensive midfield duties.

Set-up

  •  40 x 30 yard area.
Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes10 minutes15 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

The two midfielders must move across the line and stop the opponents making forward passes across to the other team.

If the midfielders intercept a pass they are replaced by the passer and the intended receiver.

The midfielders move from side to side to block the passing option.

The midfielders move from side to side to block the passing option.


Development

Add a goal, goalkeeper and two defenders, and remove the requirement for the midfielders to stay on the centre line.

The midfielders again try to stop the forward pass.

If the pass reaches a forward, the defenders need to hold up play by getting tight to the forwards and stop them from turning. This gives the midfielders time to make recovery runs.

The defenders must hold up play to allow the midfielders to make recovery runs.

The defenders must hold up play to allow the midfielders to make recovery runs.


Game situation

Three opposing midfielders must try to pass to their attackers and then break out of the area to run forward and score.

Your midfielders must try to stop this forward pass and score in the mini goals.

However, if the ball does get to the forwards, the midfielders must react to make recovery runs and track any forward runs made by the opposing midfielders.

The two grey midfielders must stop the forward pass or they will have to track their opponent’s runs.

The two grey midfielders must stop the forward pass or they will have to track their opponent’s runs.


What to call out

  •  “Close the gaps”
  •  “Keep moving”
  •  “Can you block the pass?”
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