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.

This is a hold up

in Defending, Practice plans

When defenders hold up forwards, inevitably the attack is slowed down. This type of patient defending allows for your team mates to make recovery runs and track back to help in defence. MORE

Wake up at the back!

in Defending, Email newsletters

Defending can be waiting game for teams that play a good attacking game and dominate the opposition. How do you keep them alert, organised and ready to drop back, recover and defend a counter attack or long ball over the top? MORE

Right place, right time

in Defending, Tactics

This is a great session for coaching cover individually and working as a unit and to get the player nearest the ball to hold up and force play away before it gets to a danger zone. Use this session to teach your players defensive covering. MORE

Hot press

in Defending, Tactics

This activity will teach individual players to understand their roles in defensive pressing by applying the general pressing cues in a functional and geographically specific context MORE

Defend the corner

in Defending, Practice plans

Teach your players how to organise themselves to defend a corner, which areas to defend and how to quickly execute counter attacks when clearing the ball. This session can be adapted for mini soccer, intermediate or 11v11 adult football. MORE

How to coach last man defending drills- part 1

Last man standing

in Defending, Practice plans

It is vital to improve the decision making of the last defender when caught in 1v1 and 2v1 situations. When a defender is isolated they must first look to force the play away from goal and second, they need to delay the attack and enable team mates to track back and help. MORE

How to coach defending under pressure drills- part 1

Hold the line

in Defending, Practice plans

It is the last minute of a cup final and your team is 1-0 up. The opposition is firing long balls and crosses into your penalty area. Can your team remain calm and clear the danger? MORE

How to coach pressure drills- part 1

Nearest adds pressure

in Defending, Practice plans

A good defence will be able to pressure its opposition into making a mistake. The rule of this session is that the nearest player to the ball must go to pressure the opponent in possession. MORE

How to coach defensive positioning - part 1

In the zone

in Defending, Practice plans

Teaching your players the art of defensive positioning and how to work as a unit will help stop opposition attacks and that means conceding fewer goals. MORE

Mertersacker’s ball

in Crossing, Defending

Run this session to get your defenders clearing the ball like Arsenal academy director Per Mertesacker used to do in the Premier League, pushing the ball away from the penalty area and leaving opponents with fewer attacking options MORE

1v1 duels

1v1 on the fly

in Attacking, Defending, Tactics

For all age groups this 1 v 1 set up encourages the use of all necessary techniques and tactics needed to be successful in 1 v 1 duals. There is also a fun team element to this game MORE

How to coach defending in pairs - part 1

Double defending

in Defending, Practice plans

It is crucial that your first two defending players nearest the ball know what they should be doing when the other team has possession. A pair working in tandem can slow down attacks and win back possession efficiently. MORE


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