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Teaching defending passing lanes and pockets

I'm looking for drills that help players recognize how to defend passing lanes and pockets of space rather than man to man coverage

Hi Premier FH,


Here's a great drill for you to start with. With this drill it is important for the defender to cover the space vertically up the pitch, forcing the ball carrier to pass sideways between themselves.


Archie

introduction: Practice for pressing the ball

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3 v 1 - 3 players keeping possession of the ball against player in the middle.

Players in possession of the ball score a point by passing the ball anti-clockwise (past the left foot of the defender) and the defender scores a point by forcing the players in possession to pass the ball clockwise (over the forehand of the defender)

The defender wins possession of the ball by making the ball go all the way round clockwise.

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