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How to defend high airballs? For u-17?

Hello coach, My question is - How to defend high airballs? Actully we prefer to play small passes and ground balls more. So we face problems with airballs. Teams here play more airballs. We win , but feel the pressure of the airball situation. Kindly suggest some drills for the same please.Thankingyou.

First things first. It will be a major advantage if you can have a tall player in the back line. That will all ready put the opposition striker who is suppose to receive the ball off.

Otherwise create a training session where its 3/4 attackers vs 4 defenders where 1 wide attacker crosses the ball in.

The coaching points should be:

Read the weight of the cross (thereby back padling or moving forward)

Meet the ball at the highest point possible (jump for header).

As 1 player goes to attack the ball another should cover

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