Your team has lost the ball - these practices will help sharpen their reactions to win it back. By Dave Knox MORE
Breaking the line
WHY USE IT
Breaking down a back four can be difficult – here, attackers learn how to create space and defenders learn how to close it down.
You need balls, bibs, cones and a goal in an area 32×32 yards split into 8×8 yard boxes. We used nine players in the session.
HOW TO PLAY
The attacking team pass the ball across their zone until one decides to take on a defender 1v1. The defenders are each restricted to one 8×8 yard box and can tackle the player with the ball or force them backwards or sideways into another defender’s box. Once through the defensive line the attackers try to score against the goalkeeper unopposed. If the attacker is tackled they go back and start again. Only the player with the ball moves beyond the defensive line.
The techniques to coach are defending and attacking in 1v1, 2v1 and team situations – skills, support, movement and speed all relevant here.