This 9-player game will get your U10s working together to press and support. Set up a 15 x 10 yards area split into two halves. You need three teams of three players. Start with a team in each half and the third team on the centre line. The two outer teams try to pass the […]
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.
Hold the line is a call to ensure that defenders stay together on the same line and hold their position on the field. A defence must hold the line in order to: Allow midfielders and forwards to press the ball. Stop spaces appearing between defenders and midfielders that the opposing team can exploit. Allow an […]
Goalside is a tactic used when a team is defending. The aim is to get as many players as possible between the ball and the goal being defended. Moving players goalside can create an additional defender, improving the odds of the defenders repelling an attack. The illustrations show how a 6v6 situation can turn to […]
A great 5-player pressing activity for your U8s. Set up a 10 x 10 yards area with one goal. Put a pair of attackers directly opposite the goal about 8 yards away and a pair of defenders on halfway, 1 yard in from the touchline. When you say “go”, the defender passes across to the […]
Use this training session to coach your defenders to keep the penalty area free of danger by blocking, intercepting and clearing the ball. Why use it This is about defending around the penalty area in different situations and it covers individual defending and defending in pairs. It helps players understand their responsibilities when protecting the […]
Track is what midfielders do when closely following an opposing midfielder’s forward run. In a game, it is important that a midfielder stays with his opponent and tracks his moves to stop him receiving the ball in attacking areas of the pitch. Warn midfielders not to get caught ball watching and allowing opponents to run off them into space. David Clarke’s Soccer Tactics Made Simple explains 58 […]
Channel side is a defending tactic used up by a central defender, which positions him closer to the touchline than his direct opponent. The defender will also be on the shoulder of the opponent and in a supporting position behind the team’s full back. Once in this position, the central defender can defend passes made into the “channel”, which […]
Defenders have to remain alert at all times so they know where the ball is and can move to defend an attack. Working on concentration is a vital part of your training sessions – you must include it in your schedule.
Use this dynamic team game to teach your defenders how to read the game when battling in desperate one-on-one situations with an opposing striker.
A great drill to get your players clearing the ball.