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Stop attackers turning

Keep an attacker that has the ball with their back to your goal and they won’t be able to pass or dribble into the space behind your defence.

What this session is about

  • Stopping forward or through passes.
  • Stopping good dribbling players from turning and attacking your defenders.
  • Forcing opponents away from goal.

What to think about

  • Make up ground to within touching distance of the attacker while the ball is passed from the server.
  • Position body between attacker and target player.
  • Stand slightly sideways on ready to move quickly in any direction.
  • Get a clear view of ball.
  • Tackle when attacker is half-turned and not screening the ball.

Set-up

  • Circular area approx 20 yards in diameter (the center circle can be used).
  • 6 players.
Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes10-15 minutes10-15 minutes10-15 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

2 players – 1 attacker and 1 defender – start inside the playing area, with the defender initially giving the attacker some space.

1 server and 1 target player start on the edge of the circle in one half, with the other server and target player on the edge of the other half. All 4 players on the outside of the circle should be spaced apart equally.

The attacker receives the ball from a server and must attempt to turn and pass the ball to the target player on edge of the other half of the circle. Whatever the outcome, the drill is repeated with the attacker next receiving a pass from the server in the other half.

Rotate players so they all have a go at being the defender.

The defender closes down the space to the attacker quickly, getting touch-tight.

The defender closes down the space to the attacker quickly, getting touch-tight.


Development

The unused server becomes a target player. The defender now has to cut off two options for the attacker.

Increase the size of the circle.

Defender prevents the attacker from turning and when the opportunity presents itself wins the ball or knocks it out of play.

Defender prevents the attacker from turning and when the opportunity presents itself wins the ball or knocks it out of play.


Game situation

Set a time limit and award points to the attacker each time they pass to a target player, with the defender getting points for preventing the turn.

Now the defender must cut off two passing options.

Now the defender must cut off two passing options.


What to call out

  • “Get tight but not too tight so you can be “rolled”
  • “Watch the ball, not the movement of the player”
  • “Be patient – don’t dive in”
  • “Concentrate”
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