One of the most important topics in defensive play is compactness. A key principle of compactness is that the playing area of the opposition is minimised so there is less space for them to attack in. Give your players a lesson in compactness MORE
Chase the cones
In this set up players are racing against each other in a fun game that you can use at training or on match days. Great one to get the players alert and ready for anything.
Why use it
If players can work out the best running sequence they can win the challenge
You need three training poles, and 3 sets of 4 coloured cones. Create an area 20×25 yards and arrange the cones like the diagram (make it so each colour has similar distances to run). We used 3 players in the session
How to do it
You need to experiment with distances in this game. Start the three players next to the training poles and on your call they have to collect the cones one by one and put them on top of their training pole. First to get the four cones wins.
This is all about running, turning and getting in the way of your opponent if she is quicker than you!
- 1. Players start by the training poles and must look around and see where the cones are and which one to go for first
- 2. On your call the three players run to get their cones to place on top of the training poles
- 3. Tactics come into this if the cones have been arranged so one colour is closer than the other colours
- 4. Players should be moving at a high tempo to get to their cones first
- 5. You can progress it by allowing players to put opponents cones further away than they are.