An end-to-end small-sided game that will give central defenders valuable attacking experience and teach them to get back quickly to defend against counter-attacks.
Why use it
This is a fast, technical game that forces central defenders to support the attack and get themselves on the score sheet. It also shows them how hard they have to work to get back to defend if the ball is lost.
Set up an area of 50×40 yards with a normal goal at one end and two target goals at the other. We’ve used 12 players. You will need bibs, balls and cones.
How to play
Play a team of six against a team of five plus a goalkeeper. The team of six has three central defenders and the team of five has two central defenders who are the only players on the team that can score – but they must also play in a tactical role as defenders.
This is a good workout to teach defensive responsibilities when in attack. Attacking defenders can be the winning difference in teams because often the opposition will fail to pick them up in open play. There are different targets at each end of the pitch that will test the goal scoring prowess of your players.