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Defending

Wake up at the back!

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Defending can be waiting game for teams that play a good attacking game and dominate the opposition. How do you keep them alert, organised and ready to drop back, recover and defend a counter attack or long ball over the top? MORE

Right place, right time

in Defending, Tactics

This is a great session for coaching cover individually and working as a unit and to get the player nearest the ball to hold up and force play away before it gets to a danger zone. Use this session to teach your players defensive covering. MORE

Hot press

in Defending, Tactics

This activity will teach individual players to understand their roles in defensive pressing by applying the general pressing cues in a functional and geographically specific context MORE

Defend the corner

in Advanced Skills, Defending, Practice plans

Teach your players how to organise themselves to defend a corner, which areas to defend and how to quickly execute counter attacks when clearing the ball. This session can be adapted for mini soccer, intermediate or 11v11 adult football. MORE

How to coach last man defending drills- part 1

Last man standing

in Advanced Skills, Defending, Practice plans

It is vital to improve the decision making of the last defender when caught in 1v1 and 2v1 situations. When a defender is isolated they must first look to force the play away from goal and second, they need to delay the attack and enable team mates to track back and help. MORE

Mertersacker’s ball

in Crossing, Defending

Run this session to get your defenders clearing the ball like Arsenal academy director Per Mertesacker used to do in the Premier League, pushing the ball away from the penalty area and leaving opponents with fewer attacking options MORE

1v1 duels

1v1 on the fly

in Attacking, Defending, Tactics

For all age groups this 1 v 1 set up encourages the use of all necessary techniques and tactics needed to be successful in 1 v 1 duals. There is also a fun team element to this game MORE

How to coach defending in pairs - part 1

Double defending

in Core Skills, Defending, Practice plans

It is crucial that your first two defending players nearest the ball know what they should be doing when the other team has possession. A pair working in tandem can slow down attacks and win back possession efficiently. MORE

How to coach defending crosses - part 1

Defending crosses

in Core Skills, Defending, Practice plans

The priorities for any defender when dealing with an opposition cross is to be first to the ball, clear it out of the danger area, and, if successful with the first two aspects, get themselves out of the area to reorganise. MORE

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