Defending Drogba - Cut out the long ball

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This Session looks at cutting out balls over the top and being first to the ball in the air - taking the risk out of defending by preventing strong and dangerous attacking players, such as Chelsea's Didier Drogba, from ever getting the ball at their feet with big and decisive defensive headers - getting the ball up high and far away from your team's goal!

Prevention, not cure! - Stop the danger from developing!

Working on these defensive principles this session starts with a simple headering drill, before adding an accuracy element to the exercise - getting players to direct their John-Terry-like clearances to a team-mate higher up the field. Following on from this we get competitive, working with two teams players will have to compete for the ball in the air.

By cutting out the high ball service to the front men not only will you stem the flow of dangerous balls to their front players but you will also frustrate your opponent, forcing them to change their game plan. If the opposition do decide to play with the ball on the ground you can then work on defensive cover, if one player goes to meet the ball one of their team-mates should fill the gap and provide a second line of defence in case the first defender gets beaten by their man.

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Defending with Confidence

This pack of Defending Master Sessions has been developed to help you improve your players' game when they're at their most vulnerable, without the ball and trying to win it back!

Topics Include: Defensive Confidence in a 1 vs 1, Cut out the long ball, Recovering after losing possession, Playing the ball out from the back and more.

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Defending with Confidence - in this pack:

Defending Drogba - Cut out the long ball

By cutting out the ball over the top your defenders can prevent the ball ever reaching the opposition's danger players!

Defensive Confidence in a 1 vs 1

Don't be let down by your defenders in a one vs one show down, use this session and give them the skill and confidence to deal with one on ones

Lateral Defending - Keep out Carlos!

Can you keep Carlos out? Work towards a tighter defence holding up attackers with a second defender offering cover!

Plan B defending - On the edge of your Box

Teach your players to deal with defending in the danger zone - in and around their 18 yard box!

Playing the ball out from the back

Don't just play route one football, play the ball out of your defence by passing, dribbling and looking forwards for options to start the new attack

Turnover - Recovering after losing possession

How to counter a counter-attack! React quickly, hold up the ball and reorganize your back line to box out their striker!

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Interactive Sessions - Easy to understand and Coach
Once purchased - the folder pack instantly appears in your online account and is ready to use:
Each Session comes with its own aims, clear coaching points and accompanying animations and illustrations to give you all you need to take sessions with your team.
Read & Watch
Read the session on screen and watch the animated drills and video techniques.
Present & Teach
Use the slideshow feature to present the drills full screen or on an interactive whiteboard.
Download & Print
Download and print pdf version of each session to read and use offline.
Quick & Convenient
Download and print summary sheets, a great quick reminder when your out on the field.

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