The long ball over the top of the defence can be difficult to defend against in youth soccer, so I’ve put together five drills and activities to help you coach defending against teams that play long ball tactics… One of the best ways to stop long balls is to get strikers to press high up... MORE
Position the keeper in the large goal, and other keepers in the mini goals if you have spare players.
You serve the ball to the team attacking the large goal. If they fail to score the keeper links with the defenders to counter attack the mini goals.
The team defending the large goal will try to defend to the outside away from the centre, and the team defending the mini goals will defend towards the centre.
Mix up the teams every 15 minutes.
Teaches understanding about defending to the inside or the outside and why.
Speed and angle of approach of the first defender, angle and distance of support of the second defender, cover and communication by the third defender. Covers balance and
recovery runs of any others, so this is a more advanced version of Pin It Down.
Area: 50×70 yards pitch (wider rather than longer)
Players: 12 plus keeper
Equipment: One central goal, two mini goals as wide as possible on the end line
What To Call Out
“Show inside, show outside”
- Add an extra attacker to outnumber the defenders.
- Serve the ball out to a wide attacker to create a 1v1 situation. The defender attempts to force the attacker to the endline without allowing them to cross. Counter attack using the fullback who plays through the midfield.
Prioritise the team that is protecting the main goal.