Football Drill Demonstration


Pressure, Support and Cover


to improve defensive positioning

Equipment requires

7 cones serveral balls minimum of 6 players


  1. the practice starts with 3 defenders each standing by a red (danger) cone.
  2. an attacker decides if he is to attack on right, left flanks or down middle.
  3. as the attacker advances down the pitch. the defensive unit has to decide who is to press, support and cover still keeping there defensive shape.
  4. if the attacker manages to pass the defensive unit and enters the box he can score.


Coaching points

Key Points for Defenders

  • Closest defender pressurizes the ball
  • Closest defender delays or slows down the attacker
  • other defenders offer support and cover to the pressing defender

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