Soccer: Defensive Pressure

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DESCRIPTION

Play 3 v 3 in the middle area with goalkeepers stationed in each of the goals. Balls are placed around the field so that as soon as a ball goes out, the closest ball is played in.

As soon as a player receives the ball from the goalkeeper or an outfield teammate, he should attempt a shot on goal. The defending team must attempt to pressure the ball carrier and closely mark all other attacking players.

COACHING POINTS

Make early decisions. The player nearest to the player with the ball must challenge. Do not get beaten by an attackers first touch. Get there early, then establish your position. Clear communication between defenders is key.

PROGRESSION

Play 5 v 5 with 1 regular goal on each end line in a 30 x 50 yard area.

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