INSPIRED, CONFIDENT & EFFECTIVE COACHING

Defending

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 Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk, whose clever positioning in seemingly irretrievable situations often leads to attacks breaking down. MORE

pressing in midfield

Defending in midfield

in Defending, Tactics

Use this game to teach your players to be strong midfielders who can win the battles in midfield and get the ball into attackers, stopping the opposition in their tracks and hitting teams quickly on the break. MORE

How to coach on the edge drill - part 1

On the edge

in Defending, Practice plans

When attackers enter your team’s penalty box they will find it easier to score goals and win penalties. One way of combating this threat is to teach your players the art of defending the edge of the 18-yard area. MORE

How to coach getting tight to players- part 1

Get tight

in Defending, Practice plans

If your players can stop goals being scored against them – they can’t lose the match. The practices in this session develop your players’ ability to pressure the opponent, get “touch tight” and, ultimately, regain possession for the team. MORE

Press to win the ball

Do it yourself

in Defending, Tactics

This session helps you coach players to understand that they have to stay close and not let opponents get free or they will give the game away. MORE


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