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what are the best drills for defending the left channel?

I can find lots of defensive drills, but am not sure which would be best for defending the left channel.

Is that left as you look from the defensive team or the attacking team Bram

Left from the defensive team.

Dear Angela It is probably best to teach the players on the left to channel the ball onto their forehand side. The reason for this is that 1 it makes for an easy tackle 2 It force the wingers to run in field which is against what they are trying to do. 3 It will be easier for the supporting players (sweeper) to to help cover the defender forcing the ball in. 4 It is very difficult for the forward to have a shot at goal from entering the D at that angel ( being forced into the top right of the D. The only thing that your team has to be aware off if the player does get to the D that the only dangerous thing they can do is pass the ball to the opposite side ( far post). The practice I have attached is a very simple but affective practice to introduce the principle of forcing the ball in on the forehand, you could put the grid in the right position on the pitch and see how it works for your team. I f you put the blue cone near the D you can progress the practice by adding a sweeper by this cone. and finally you can add that the attacker can try to score. when they get out of the grid. If my explanation is not clear or to simple for the level of your team I could send you some more ideas. Good luck Bram

1 v 1 - Channelling

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Split your group into two teams - defenders and attackers.

Players with the ball have to run around the cone and try and score. Players without ball also have to run around the cone, and then try and stop the other player scoring.


Coaching Points:

Important that the ball starts on the right. Defenders should avoid over running the attacker, allowing the attacker to come round their reverse. Channelling is achieved by good footwork.

Ensure sideways body position, stick fairly low to the ground. Body position should be preventing the attacker driving towards goal and from cutting back with the ball to pass infield.

This is the example set up for the match like practice.

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