Route one football, also known as hoofing the ball over the top. It's not big and it's not clever but do your team know how to defend against this long-ball style of attack?
Avoid your players being caught out with the ball over the top! This session is designed to get your players defending as a team, recognising when to press and when to drop off. If your team communicates well and moves as a unit, they can ensure they're in a good position to clear the long ball and catch the opposition offside!
What's in the session?
To start things off, we begin this simple to set-up session with a defensive slide exercise. This warms your players up while also getting them used to moving side to side. After this we get to work on your defence as we look to develop a 6 man defending unit (4 defenders and 2 central midfielders), that anticipates where the ball is going and moves in unison to neutralise the attacking threat.
Don't let route one football be the downfall of your defence - teach your players to read the signs, anticipate and move to defeat this direct style of play!
Reduce the turnovers and get your team working up the field by keeping possession and building attacks by selecting the right pass.
The ?modern way? is to play out from the back. To be able to do it successfully though, you need your defenders to be comfortable on the ball when looking to pass, dribble and scan the pitch.
Develop your defenders understanding of how to channel the attackers away from danger areas to slow down attacks and isolate the opposition players.
Teach all your players how to stand up and resist the temptation to dive in. Instead jockey players and wait for the right moment to make the interception!
Drum in the defensive roles and responsibilities of your players and make sure they understand what you want from them in order to win the ball back and turn defence into attack.
Create a resolution to develop your coaching confidence by seizing the opportunity to discover new drills, turn ideas into action and seek advice from the coaching community.
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