One of the most important topics in defensive play is compactness. A key principle of compactness is that the playing area of the opposition is minimised so there is less space for them to attack in. Give your players a lesson in compactness MORE
This is a hold up
When defenders hold up forwards, inevitably the attack is slowed down. This type of patient defending allows for your team mates to make recovery runs and track back to help in defence.
What this session is about
- Stop the attackers’ forward momentum.
- Holding up and delaying the opponents’ attack.
- Making recovery runs in order to help your team mates defend.
What to think about
- When defending 1v1, it is not always possible to tackle successfully and win the ball.
- Your defender must try to stop the attacker from attacking at speed and it is important he gets tight and slows the attack down by forcing the player away from goal.
- This defending allows for a team mate to make a recovery run and find a good position to help you defend.
- Two channels, each 25 yards long by 10 yards wide, for the session and development.
- Use a pitch 40 yards long by 30 yards wide for the game situation.
|Warm up||Session||Developments||Game Situation||Warm Down|
|10 minutes||15 minutes||15 minutes||15 minutes||10 minutes|
What you get your players to do
Split players into two groups to work in each channel at the same time. The midfielder passes to the forward who tries to turn and score in the mini goal. Each defender must stop the forward from turning, and hold up play for five seconds (you count out loud from the moment the attacker takes his first touch).
After each attack, the midfielder becomes the attacker, the attacker becomes the defender and a new player becomes the midfielder.
A defensive midfielder is added. The attacking midfielder passes to the forward who tries to turn and score in the mini goal. The defender stops the attacker turning and holds up play in order for the defensive midfielder to make a recovery run and help him to win the ball in a 2v1 situation.
Each team has two attackers in one half of the pitch and two defenders in the other half. Each team also has a defensive midfielder who starts on the centre spot.
The white team’s goalkeeper is allowed to throw the ball to one of his attackers who tries to turn and score in a 2v2 situation.
The black defenders try to stop the attackers by holding up the play. Now the black defensive midfielder can turn and make a recovery run to help the defenders win the ball in a 2v3. Once the black team wins possession, they can launch a 2v2. The game works continuously in this way. Once you are happy with this format you can remove restrictions on player movements.
What to call out
- “Get tight and stop the attacker turning”
- “Delay the attack and force away from goal”
- “Can we make recovery runs to help our team mate?”