4 Goal Channelling

category: Defending

6 vs 6 game with 2 Floaters (who can play for whichever team has the ball).

Set up an area the size of one half of the pitch. In each corner ...

Advancement Of Full Backs Defending

category: Defending

Objective: To defend against a winger or opposite full back overlapping


  • This practice uses 7 players (2 full backs 2 wide ...

Attacking Header

category: Heading

Both players start on their knees with one player feeding an accurate throw for the other player to attack.

It is best to begin practising t...

Attacking, Jumping Header

category: Heading

A progression from the attacking header drill.

The jump adds extra power and purchase to the header and means the player can meet the ball i...

Defending Stance

category: Defending

Set up with 2 cones as shown with 2 players at each end and 1 ball.

Player with the ball passes the ball across and then quickly closes thei...

Defending The Midfield

category: Defending

Play 2 v 2 in the area furthest from goal and 2 v 3 in the defensive area around the goal. Make 2 small goals on the end line for the defense to pl...

Web Videos


Defending the Long Ball

Don't let route one football be the downfall of your defence! Use this plan to practice how to move and defend against the ball over the top.

Defending for U9s and Below

Teach young players the basics of defending - using games to teach correct body position and pressing the ball to make sure they have fun as they lear...

Team Defending

Develop a team mentality that works to win the ball back and swarm in groups. Understand the roles and responsibilities of team defence to shut out th...


Community Drills

3rd player 5v5 game

Game 5v5 (6v6).Setting always with advantage in defense, to build up advantage in offense.Team with ball possession should first pull opponent from ow...

5v7 possession game

2 neutral players always play with the team possessing the ball; the objective is to keep possession of the ball while moving it around the field; pos...

COD Opposing play 2

2 Teams 20x20 Field w/2 same side goalsPlay begins with pass from Player A to Player B with 1touch backPlayer A advances the ball to score on either g...

The Cage

12 x 12 yard grid, one defender in the middle, 4 attackers with ball one each side of the grid.One at a time players attempt to dribble across the gri...