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 […]
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.
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 […]
A great drill to get your players clearing the ball.
The role of a sweeper is given to a player that plays behind the line of defenders. It is that player’s duty to cover the space behind the defence and in front of the keeper, and sweep across to remove the danger of the opponent’s attacks.
In this session we look at developing teams ability to defend as a unit.
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.