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
Pin It to Win It
Play 9 attackers v 3 defenders. Attackers are restricted to two touches only. Place plenty of spare balls outside the pitch.
If the defenders win the ball they can score a goal through any one of the gates.
The attackers must try and complete a set number of passes (e.g. ten), they can then also try to score.
Count the number of passes and goals scored. Switch the defensive team at ten-minute intervals.
Improves defending and pressure as a unit and fitness.
Defence working together to pressure the ball into a tight area quickly. Using support angles to stop a pass and force an error. The timing and decision to do this will depend on the distance from the ball. Anticipating when and where a pass will be played. This is helped by the two touch restriction.
Area: 50×30 yards grid
Equipment: 16 cones for 10 goals (two 5 yard goals in each corner and one either side), balls
What To Call Out
- Change the number of touches that are allowed, less to make it harder or more to make it easier, e.g. one touch should encourage even more effort to press the ball as it reaches a player.
- Change the overload to a 4v8. Allow unlimited touches. The back four work as a unit to encourage one defender to try and cover the space where a pass is anticipated.
Prioritise keeping score for defenders as it is their game.