The session focuses on defensive principles and developing defensive techniques. By DAN FAIRHURST MORE
When a defender is applying pressure to an attacker with the ball it’s important that they have back-up in the form of a second or ‘covering’ defender. That’s to ensure that if the attacker beats the first defender, any progress is stifled by the second one.
What this session is about
- Providing cover for a team-mate who’s face-to-face with an opponent
- Directing attackers away from goal
- Making opponent’s play predictable
What to think about
- The covering defender should be in a position to make an effective challenge if the first defender is beaten
- Stand at a slight angle and goal-side of the first defender.
- Communicate early and clearly – for example, advising the team-mate to “get closer” or “force them down the line”.
- 4 players – 2 attackers versus 2 defenders – in each group.
- Each playing area measures approx 10×30 metres.
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What you get your players to do
- Attacker 1, acting as a server, passes the ball to attacker 2
- Attacker 2 attempts to dribble to the end line
- Defender 1 challenges the attacker
- DEfender 2 provides cover
After playing the first pass, attacker 1 joins in the attack to make a 2v2 situation. The defenders will now have to constantly switch roles depending on who is nearest the ball, with the covering defender becoming the main defender and vice versa.
Play a 4×4 match with goalkeepers in an area 30×20 metres. Encourage both sides to shoot at every opportunity as this will force players to close down their opponents and provide cover.
What to call out
- “Show them wide”
- “Talk to each other”
- “Stay on your feet”