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
Strategy tips for corners
Build a defensive strategy for your team by drilling your players so they know just what they’re doing at set plays, such as defending corners at 11-a-side.
Tell your players their responsibilities at corners before every match. No one should be left wondering what they are supposed to do.
Numbers 3, 5, 6 and 10 – These are your best four headers of the ball. They should mark man-to-man and their job is to mark the opposition’s main heading threats, marking slightly in front, and being first to the ball.
Number 11 – Marks in front of any opposition standing on the near post or just mark the space in their absence.
Number 4 – Marks the space in front of the main markers, keeping a look out for any opposition standing in front of the goalkeeper. If this is the case he may have to adjust his position so he is standing in front of the attacker.
Number 2 – Marks the far post.
Numbers 7 and 8 – Mark any opposition on the edge of the box.
Number 9 – He stays upfield, occupying two defenders and hoping to help spring a counter attack.
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