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Strong Holding Shooter etc

Hi allWhats the best way to defend a great holding shooter?And I also have a player who every time receives the ball she'll just pass straight away, I always keep encouraging her to hold it for just a little bit as most of the times and look for options 1,2, or 3, the pass just isn't in the right space, or she'll pass to a heavily defended player, etc I have been doing a lot of drills involving timing, space, driving and passing she tends to get it in training just not in match play. She just seems frantic. Any tips. As I just want to get this across to her.

Oh the glory of a shooter who defends!  keep moving from side to side so she has to keep changing her angle and footwork to stay with the defender.  ensure your defender is defending from the side keeping her body between the goal post and the shooter.  Even if you are just distracting her from setting herself up where she wants to stand and focus on the keeper annoying her.

as for your nervous player who is rushing her pass and thinking the ball is a hot potato, try standing beside her for a drill that has her as the feeder and she has two players who are giving her options.  First have her stand with her back to the workers and have her throw the ball in the air and catch it (simulating a pass) she then has to pivot and decide to pass to one person.  Put a lot of players in front of one option so really there is only one choice.  As she catches and pivots remind her to breath and chose the player that is free. (you can make this more random if you group a few players and have the two feeders randomly chose a different direction and the defenders have to stick to one player).

Once she is choosing the better option you can play a conditioned game where the goal of the game is to only pass to players who are free.  So break the group into 2 teams (randomly) and explain the goal of the game is to pass only to a player who is free.  Every good pass they score a point.  Every poor pass the ball is turned over.  there is no goals to score it is about passing the ball around.

Hope that helps.

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