Soccer Drill Demonstration

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Lateral Defending - Stopping Sanchez!

Use this session to teach your players how to defend against speedy strikers by holding them up, with a second defender offering cover.

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The red player attacks the blue player in the area between the blue cones.

The blue player cannot tackle but can only put red player under pressure.

Coaching points

Key points for the attacker: Keep speed on the ball and keep the ball under control. Take the defender on by using tricks, feints and variations of speed.

Key points for the defender: Defend on your toes. Bend your knees and try and use your body position to force the attacker away from his line.

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Drill tags: 1 v 1, confidence, defence, dribble, dribbling, shadow, shadowing

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