Give your back line a good work-out and ensure they can block any move from wide. By MICHAEL BEALE MORE
This soccer coaching drill looks at two defenders working together to stop attackers. The coaching session tests players’ ability to communicate and support when attackers are running towards goal, and when they receive the ball with their backs to goal.
The soccer drill covers these main coaching points:
Key soccer coaching tips:
Do the players work together? Who presses the ball? Who covers?
While one defender presses the ball, the other should cut off the space behind by taking a position goal side and slightly to one side of their teammate.
The defensive positions should channel the attacking pair away from the goal towards the corners or keep them moving sideways.
How to run this soccer drill
Develop the drill
To develop the soccer drill, 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 skills.
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.