Apply pressure, regain possession and then use the ball in this three-part session. By MICHAEL PHILP MORE
These intensive practices will instill good principles when it comes to all aspects of defending.
The first defender (nearest to the opponent with the ball) must:
The supporting defender (next nearest to the opponent with the ball) must:
The third defender must:
|Warm up||Session||Developments||Game Situation||Warm Down|
|10 minutes||10-15 minutes||15 minutes||10-15 minutes||10 minutes|
Mark out an area for an attacker v defender duel, as shown in the top picture.
The drill begins with the attacker, who is stood at one end of the area, exchanging passes with the defender, who is at the opposite end and passive to begin with.
The attacker must attempt to dribble the ball across the line at the opposite end but the defender can only press the attacker, he cannot make a challenge for the ball.
Once achieved, players switch roles and repeat the drill in the opposite direction.
To progress, the defender is now active and can challenge for the ball. Players switch roles if the ball goes out of play.
Mark out an area with two target goals at one end. Two defenders start in the same half of the pitch as the goals while attackers start on the touchline at the other end.
Begin with a 1v2 (one attacker against two defenders), as shown in the middle picture. The attacker attempts to score in either goal. Attackers must take at least two touches before they can shoot.
Once the ball is dead, the second attacker immediately begins another 1v2, starting from the same end.
Once that ball goes out of play, the first attacker starts a 2v2. Afterwards teams switch roles.
Ideally, you will need a minimum of 11 players. Play a 4v3 plus one goalkeeper. The drill begins with the defenders lined up as a back three, 15 yards from goal, against a lone attacker. The other three attackers start at the end opposite the goalkeeper.
One of those attackers passes to the lone attacker to begin the 4v3. Once the ball is out of play or a goal is scored, the drill is repeated with the next three attackers because the lone attacker stays on the pitch.
Switch defenders and the lone attacker with another group of players after a set time.
The trio of defenders that concedes the fewest goals wins.