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Force field

When the opposition is in possession of the ball, a defensive strategy your team can employ is to force them into areas of the pitch that don’t pose a threat to your goal.

What this session is about

  1. Forcing the direction of play.
  2. Making play predictable.

What to think about

While the nearest defender presses the player who has the ball, a supporting defender is goal-side (nearest to the goal he is defending) and slightly to one side. Defenders channel attackers away from goal or sideways.

When the ball is central, the defensive shape is triangular (with the player farthest upfield providing pressure).

When the ball is wide, the shape slopes back “diagonally”. Other defenders add depth to the formation.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
15 minutes10 minutes15 minutes10 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Mark out an area with a cone goal at diagonally opposite corners. Split your players into two groups (defenders and attackers), who stand at the corners that do not have goals.

The first defender passes the ball to the first attacker then moves to defend the goal directly opposite the attacker, which the attacker must try to dribble through. Players join the back of the queue for a turn in the other role.

To progress, give the attacker the option of passing the ball through the goal opposite or allow the attacker to dribble the ball across the whole of the opposite end line.

A defender passes to an attacker opposite and runs to stop the attacker dribbling the ball through the cone goal.

A defender passes to an attacker opposite and runs to stop the attacker dribbling the ball through the cone goal.


Development

Mark out an area and split it in half. Use six players and divide them into two groups.

The first drill is a 1v2. Two defenders line up in their own half, versus one attacker, who starts in his own half.

Play begins when the attacker receives a pass from a team mate. The attacker must try to dribble past the two defenders, who can apply pressure as soon as the pass is made, to the opposite end.

Once the ball is out of play, the next attacker takes his team mate’s place, while a defender switches places with the rested team mate. Repeat the drill with the roles reversed.

To progress, repeat the drill but this time the server joins in to make a 2v2.

Then start with a 2v3 on the pitch. The attacking team’s server stays of the field but can pass to either attacker. Repeat the drill but now the server can enter the field of play to make a 3v3.

Defenders have an overload advantage and try to stop an attacker from progressing across the end line.

Defenders have an overload advantage and try to stop an attacker from progressing across the end line.


Game situation

Mark out an area and put a goal at each end. Set up a 5v5 (including keepers) plus two neutral players, who play for the team in possession.

Encourage defenders to force attackers away from goal and supporting defenders to take covering positions. The team that scores most goals wins.

Neutral players help the team with the ball. Defenders try to force opponents away from goal and prevent shots.

Neutral players help the team with the ball. Defenders try to force opponents away from goal and prevent shots.


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