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Defending Drills for Under 8s

Hi we have just started out as a team and in the few friendlies we have had the children are not defending at all. I understand at this age to keep it easy and interesting but would welcome any tips I could use in training.Thanks

Hi Bill,

I also find it challenging to coach defence to younger age groups as all they want to do is score!

I recommend looking in the 'Defence' section of the Sportplan football drills - there's a lot of ideas there!

This is one of my favourite drills for a younger group. This game keeps things fun as it still contains the shooting element and I've found it works particularly well as it encourages the team to communicate whilst defending. Once my team worked out how to communicate well on pitch our defence saw a turn around.

Hope this helps and good luck!

Georgia 

 

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.

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