Three-part session teaching players to receive on the half-turn and break defensive lines. By DAVID PONCIA MORE
Delaying and denying – small-sided game
WHY USE IT
This three-part session works on out-of-possession principles, including delaying the opposition’s attack, denying space through pressure, cover and balance, and moving as units, with the ultimate aims of disrupting build-up play and preventing the opponents from scoring.
Mark out an area relative to the age and ability of your players (use a full pitch if playing 11v11), with a goal at each end.
HOW TO PLAY
Set up both teams in your preferred formation (here we have set up 1-4-3-3). Play a normal game but with a focus on the coaching points and principles you have worked on throughout the session.
• Units push up and shift left and right together
• Nearest defender pressures the ball, second defender provides cover, third defender provides balance
• Stay compact when out of possession and force the play wide
• Start pressuring the ball in the middle third. Defence should be ready to drop to protect space in behind if there is no pressure on the ball carrier
• Goalkeeper to remain alert for long balls and through-balls