Give your back line a good work-out and ensure they can block any move from wide. By MICHAEL BEALE MORE
Central defenders and supporting players have a vital role in stopping the opposition’s build up play. Players will work on the defending angle of approach to try and force the attacker away.
The defender’s job is to block the pass, win possession or run the ball out of play to prevent teams advancing on goal
You need balls, bibs and cones. Set up an area 20 x 10 yards. We worked in groups of 6 players and a server in the session.
Split the players into two teams of three plus the server. One player from each team goes in the area the other two go on opposite sides of the area. The server plays to one of the players who becomes the attacker and the other player becomes the defender. The defending player reacts to the pass by closing the pass receiver and trying to stop him getting the ball to the end zone. The attacking player can use his team mates on the sided but they should be restricted to two passes (one if they are advanced enough). Repeat with the other team as attackers. Make sure all players take turns to be in the middle.
Defending 1v1 in midfield, shadowing, pressing, intercepting and tackling.