INSPIRED, CONFIDENT & EFFECTIVE COACHING

Defending

The defensive soccer drills and games in this section will help you coach your players to work as a unit at the back. We look at how your players should organise themselves, what are their roles and responsibilities as defenders, and how they should react in different defensive situations.

With work, you should be able to coach your players to control the game at the back and to start great passing moves leading to goals at the other end.

How to coach group defence drills- part 1

Two banks of four

in Defending, Practice plans

A team needs to be united in defence when under pressure. The focus of the session is defending with two banks of four players. These players work together to reduce space for the opposition to attack and create goalscoring opportunities. MORE

How to coach cross defence- part 1

Defending the cross

in Defending, Practice plans

If you can improve your players’ defending from crosses, fewer goals will be conceded. The session focuses primarily on the four defenders and their ability to block a cross or clear the ball from danger. MORE

Different types of defending

Defending in twos

in Defending, Small Sided Games

The four games in this activity provide players with opportunities to learn individual technique as well as visual cues that can help them decide when and where to provide cover. MORE

How to coach tight marking - part 1

Tight marking

in Defending, Practice plans

If your team can master the art of close marking, it can make the opposition’s task of scoring goals extremely tricky and that means your players will have a better chance of winning matches. MORE

Support worker

in Defending, Tactics

This training session is a great fun way of introducing and explaining the concepts of defensive pressure and support play to young players. MORE

Body position to defend

Turned away

in Defending, Tips and advice

If you want your defenders to learn to come out on top in a one-on-one situation with an opponent, use this activity to teach them what to do and what to look for MORE

1-0 up tactics

in Defending, Tactics

When a team is 1-0 up at half-time they need a tactic that will help them score again but has good defensive qualities so the opposition have less chance of equalising MORE

defend the wings

Wing pressure

in Defending, Tactics

This teaches pressing cues and encourages pressing on the flanks, so when a team is under attack they can keep play on the wings and stop direct attacks. MORE

Press or hold

in Defending, Tactics

If you want to improve your team’s defensive performance, use this to teach players when to press and when to hold, so they can control play even if they don’t have possession. MORE

reading the back line

Stop the attack

in Defending, Warm Ups

Get defenders to play like Vincent Kompany, whose clever positioning in seemingly irretrievable situations often leads to attacks breaking down. MORE


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