Apply pressure, regain possession and then use the ball in this three-part session. By MICHAEL PHILP MORE
This session looks at two defenders working together to stop attackers. The session tests their ability to communicate and support when attackers are running towards goal, and when they receive the ball with their backs to goal.
|Warm up||Session||Developments||Game Situation||Warm Down|
|10 minutes||10-15 minutes||15 minutes||10-15 minutes||10 minutes|
The goalkeeper rolls the ball out to the attackers who are facing the goal.
The defenders must stop them scoring by tackling, forcing the attackers to shoot from distance, forcing them out of the playing area or by holding them up for a certain length of time (say 30 seconds).
To develop the session, once the first attack has concluded, the coach passes a second ball into the attackers. The defenders should be marking closely behind and they now have the opportunity to stop the attackers scoring by denying them the opportunity to turn. The development tests their close marking.
Add a second goal to the playing area. Now, the game runs continuously until either a goal is scored or the ball leaves the pitch. If the defenders win the ball from the attackers they can break out and attack the second goal.