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What is the easiest defence system to use? I have a team of 18 year olds who know very little about the game but are very fit and enthusiastic and I need a simple defence system to use.
The key is to get them working together and they do this by communication. There are a number of drills you can find in "Drills/Defensive Patterns" on this website. I have attached one simple drill for you to use to get them working together.
Get the players to work together to create a strong defensive unit and then set scenarios for them to defend against.
For instance, kick the ball along the pitch and then 4 attackers must run out, gather the ball and attack back towards the line from where you kicked the ball. At your call, 3 defenders have to run out and defend that line.
The trick is to shorten the time the attackers have to react.
Key points for defenders are to talk to each other - who is tackling whom and to maintain a flat line.
I hope this helps.
I would use a common man up system. Build your line from the inside out each phase. Use your halves as organizers. Have your players point at their man and come up and smack them. If they're doing well with that, you can have them shade in or out to direct where the ball will head. Also, don't get to caught up in systems. Make sure to focus on the ind. skills involved in defense. The most organized 15 players in the world couldn't play defense without tackling.
The easiest defence system... difficult to say because the players you have ultimately determine whether your system works or not. Generally speaking, you'd try to force the opposition out of space by putting pressure on the inside of the pass/ direction of play, but the danger of being outflanked is always there. I'd say rather focus on communication & good tackle technique with beginners/ young players and systems will come. Sounds a bit glib and basic I know!
The easiest defense system is the presure. Presure constantly over your oponent to reduce the gap of them to play the ball.
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