INSPIRED, CONFIDENT & EFFECTIVE COACHING

Defending

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

defending delaying

Delay

in Defending, Small Sided Games

By pitting individual defenders against two attackers, this session teaches a lone defender to be patient and delay play until he either wins the ball or his team-mate recovers to assist. MORE

Organising a possession tactic

in Blog, Defending

I watched an interesting coaching session recently at a Premier League academy. It was based on the principles that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez learnt when he was coaching in Spain. MORE

Clear the ball

Cover your back

in Defending, Heading

In every match there will be moments when the team us under a lot of aerial pressure. Defenders must be organised and put up a united front. Successful teams are often the most organised defensively. MORE

Intercept the ball

Win the ball

in Defending, Tactics

This session is all about staying calm when under attack and reading the through ball. As this game progresses good tackling is needed as the danger changes. MORE

How to coach players to shepherd the ball away from goal - part 1

The shepherd

in Defending, Practice plans

Most goals are scored from right in front of the goal so shepherding play away from this area will reduce your opponent’s chances of scoring a goal. MORE

How to coach a on the mark drill - part 1

On the mark

in Defending, Practice plans

The ability to mark an opponent closely is one of the key aspects of defending. This session will help you develop this technique in your players. MORE


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