SET UP: Set up two cones on a diagonal with a defender and an attacker. Another player "attacker" with a ball, positioned slightly to the middle of the diagonal. And another person who will be showing different colours to the either side of them. (you can use cones but i like to use squares of coloured paper, making it easier to shuffle through colours and to show them). THE DRILL: Stage one: The attaker will shuffle along the line while the defender faces front on and follows the attackers movements. As this is happening the person with the colours behind their back will pull a hand from either side and show one colour at a time. the defender must call out the colour whilst defending the attacker. Stage two: You may then stop showing the colours and just add in a pass that the defender must intercept. The pass can be infront or a lob if the attacker calls for it, the defender must attempt to intercept every pass.
Head up and on a comfortable diagonal where the defender can see both player and whats infront of them. You may also instruct them to make sure they are using their body and can feel the player behind them, this will also help when intercepting a lob as they can see it coming and feel the player to intercept. If they cannot feel or see the player they will more than likely miss the intercept.
This practice has no coaching points
This practice has no progressions
"It is not only useful for staff who are experienced but a valuable tool for those subject staff who have to take teams."
The variety of sessions across sports - sometimes we steal session ideas from one sport and use them with another.
As we enter the business end of the competition, we take a look at the remaining eight teams and the key talking points surrounding each side.
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