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Soccer drill to defend against midfield passing
Stopping opposition midfielders from passing through balls to their attackers is a vital part of a team’s defense skills. In this soccer drill session, the nearest midfield player must pressure the ball while the others stop a forward pass.
Set up soccer (football) drill
Use a 30 yards by 20 yards area divided into two halves with one ball and three sets of three players.
How to run the soccer drill
- One team of players starts in each half. The third team starts along the centre line and must try to stop passes from crossing the line.
- The players on the two outside teams are only allowed to use two touches of the ball before passing to each other or across to the opposite side.
- One player from the central team can apply pressure in each half to try and cut out the pass.
- The players defending the centre line must stick together and shift across the line as a group to ensure they cover the gaps and stop passes. If they stop a pass, then they switch positions with the team that loses possession.
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