EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Defending

How to coach defending drills- part 1

Defending

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This session is designed to improve the ability to defend in various game situations. The practices develop from 1v1 through to 3v3 and team defending. MORE

How to coach back four defence drills-part 1

Defending as a back four

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This session is designed to improve the individual players within your defence and the defence as a unit. The practices cover key aspects such as pressuring techniques, cover and support positions and the shape of the defence in relation to the ball. MORE

Defending in small groups

Prepare to defend in small groups

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If you want to start the new season well and win more games, the importance of defending cannot be stressed enough. Tell your players that without the ball they are not going to have the chance to score, so they need to think about how they are going to get it back first – and that means good defensive play. MORE

5 tips for defending the long ball

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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

Intercept the ball

Steal the ball

in Defending, Small Sided Games

It’s all about positioning in this lively intercepting game aimed at teaching your players how to nick the ball back from the other team while it’s still in midfield MORE

Work the back four

Work the back four

in Defending, Tactics

This is a defending tactics session in which we structure the back four against opposing attacks with different formations. It is an excellent session when preparing for matchday. MORE

How to coach deflecting the ball - part 1

Deflecting the ball

in Defending, Practice plans

In a perfect goalkeeper’s world, every shot would be cleanly caught and brought into the body. Unfortunately, this is not always possible. So when called upon to deflect the ball safely away from the goal, the correct technique is essential. This session involves all your players boosting this core goalkeeping skill. MORE

Chelsea v Arsenal

How to stop the opposition’s best player

in Defending, Tactics

It’s important when playing against a player that scores a lot of goals that you stop the space. If you’re playing against somebody that hits the goal from all areas of the attacking third, you’ve got to get really tight. The trick is to arrive when he receives the ball so that he hasn’t got... MORE


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