Player 1 has a ball; the other three balls are placed on discs on the end line.
Player 1 passes the ball to player 3, who must advance the ball to the opposite end line without being dispossessed of it by 1 or 2. Player 1 moves in to assume the correct defending position, forcing 3 in the direction of 2 by blocking the right side of the attacker. Players 1 and 2 combine to win the ball. If the defenders win the ball, have them attempt to knock a ball off a cone.
Both defenders start on the same side of the area.
Defenders assume the sideways position. First defender should stop the attacker moving forward. The second defender covers the open space.
Stay on your feet! Don't dive in.
Game can be progressed to 2 v 2.
Goalkeeper passes to player 2, who must attempt to dribble the ball past player 1 and score a goal. Player 1 assumes a sideways position and blocks the path to the goal. If the defender wins the ball, he should try to dribble over the end line. Rotate positions.
Allow the player to shoot as soon as he receives the ball. The player must close down the space to the ball and get into line between the attacker and the goal as quickly as possible.
Two players line up on opposite sides of a square.
The attacking player dribbles the ball towards the centre before then attempting to stop the ball between one of the goals.
The goal nearest to the defender's starting point is worth 10 points as it is the hardest goal to stop the ball in. The middle goal is worth 5 and the top goal only 1 point.
Two players line up on opposite sides of the grid to each other, with a third player placed between them in goal.
Player 1 dribbles the ball around the cone and then tries to score in the goal.
Player 2 must also run around the far cone before then attempting to stop player 1 from scoring.
Play 2 v 2 in the area furthest from goal and 2 v 3 in the defensive area around the goal. Make 2 small goals on the end line for the defense to play out through.
The attacking team (gold) in the area furthest from the goal, combine to play the ball into the two attackers in the opposite area. The two defenders in the area furthest from the goal attempt to intercept passes as they are played through. The three defenders in the defensive area mu st pressure the ball, marking tightly when close to the ball or goal. Defenders from the area furthest from the goal may enter into the defensive area to support the three defenders and to serve as midfield players for clearances from the back. If defenders intercept the ball, they should attempt to play the ball through either of the small goals at the bottom of the diagram.
Move the defender laterally to create space in which to dribble the ball and exploit the space behind the defender.
Move the defender laterally to create space in which to make the pass behind the defender. Attacker should make the pass through the goals at either end of the coaching square.
The attacker dribbles the ball in a confined space from left to right in order to try and move the defender. The aim here is not to get past your man but to reach the cones at either end before the defender by creating as much space as possible.
Two players with a ball each stand in a 10x10 square. Player 1 has 1 minute to tag player 2 as many times as possible on the shoulder. You must maintain possession of the ball at all times; if player 2's ball leaves the square then player 1 is awarded a tag. After every tag the tagger must retire to a corner. After 1 minute, player 2 tries to beat player 1's score.
Play 5 v 5 +1 goalkeeper at each end. Only defending players and goalkeepers are allowed in the end zones. The game is started by the coach playing the ball into an end zone. The object of the game is for the team to score with a shot on the opposite goal. A defensive player receives the ball from the goalkeeper at the top of the diagram. The defenders must attempt to pass the ball around the area until an opportunity arises to play the ball forward to the lone striker. Defenders and midfield players must then push forward toward the opposing goal line in support of the attack. Defenders and midfield players should retain position until they are able to play the ball forward without fear of losing possession.
Objective: Opposed practice developing recovery runs and increase understanding on roles and responsibilities. Detail: Mark out 4 channels / areas 15 x 30 (age / ability dependant). Players are organised into groups of 4. Each group work within a channel. Player one serves the ball to player 3 who attempts to beat player 2. Player 2 must retreat into own half before applying pressure.
Set up a line of defenders on both sides of your 18 yard box and two lines of attackers roughly in line with the edge of the center circle. On the coach's call the attackers should sprint towards the goal. At the same time the defender should run out and try to do the following: Get themselves between the attacker and the goal. Try to channel the attacker out towards the wing. Slow the attacker down to force their head down. If possible make the interception
The 4 players inside the blue square must protect the square and stop the ball carriers entering. To begin with the players inside the square are only allowed to shadow and block the outside players from entering. One point is scored by each player who successfully carries out their objective. If the defender wins the ball then the players switch roles.
The players each have a ball. On the coaches command the defending team comes in to the area and tries to kick all of the balls out. If a player gets his ball kicked out then they can stay in and help their team mates by finding space to receive a pass. If a player does a turn when pressurised by a defender then add 5 seconds onto the time.
Objective: Application of the individual & unit patterns/movements of defending with a 8 v 8 practice. Detail: Set up - Half a full size pitch with sidelines brought in 10m or 70 x 50 marked out. Split the players into 2 balanced groups of 8. Give each team a scenario for the game (for example Team A are losing 2-1 with 15 minutes to go). Select a team captain who will work with their team to discuss a strategy & tactics. Individual, unit & teams roles and responsibilities when defending (out of possession). When, where, what, how & why to press in specific areas of the pitch. Hunting in packs Goalkeepers angles & distances in relation to the defensive structure.
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