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
Tin Pan Alley
Three attackers play against two defenders in each channel in order to attempt a shot on goal.
Attackers get six attempts and then you rotate the teams including the goalkeepers.
If defenders win possession by blocking a shot they can try to play through the coned gate to score a bonus point in the event of a tie. See which defensive duo concedes the least goals.
Encourage players to defend calmly under pressure, especially when outnumbered. Concede fewer goals than opponents.
Delaying before making a move, working with team mates to press the ball and force it away from goal, angles and distance
from the man on the ball and blocking shots.
Area: Two 12×40 yards channels, each with a goal atone end and a gate at the other
Players: 10 plus 2 goalkeepers
Equipment: Two goals, cones, balls
What To Call Out
“Don’t dive in”
“Be patient – can you win it and get through the gate”
- Add an offside line to work on defending higher and good communication to force the attacking team offside.
- Begin with one attacker and defender on the goal line. An attacking player starts with the ball and must pass to a team mate. This triggers a reaction from the first defender and a recovery run from the second defender. Defender one cannot commit until defender two is back.