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Defending

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

How to coach defensive priority drills- part 1

Defending priorities

in Defending, Practice plans

When your opponent has the ball it is vital to focus on prioritising areas of danger in your defence. Once these areas have been identified, your team needs to keep the ball away from them. MORE

How to coach interceptions -part 1

Cut it out

in Defending, Practice plans

Teach your players the art of intercepting or “stealing” the ball – like Real Madrid centre back Ricardo Carvalho or Manchester United’s midfielder Michael Carrick – with this session. MORE

How to win the ball back quickly - part 1

Win the ball back quickly

in Defending, Practice plans

Pressing the opposition to win back the ball when possession is lost requires teamwork, concentration and hard work. It’s a tactic Barcelona have used in recent years and, if it’s good enough for arguably the greatest club side ever, then it’s good enough for most teams. MORE

U11 block passing routes activity - part 1

Block passing routes (U11 game)

in Defending, EasiCoach

The aim of this game is for one team to keep the ball for as long as possible while the other team blocks passing routes. Players must remember that they have to pass the ball to a team mate within their own zone before passing into the end zone. MORE


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