Defending skills

Training the second defender

Ages: 8+; Equipment: Cones, balls; Players: 4+ Warm-up Start with some basic ball-control movements, such as toe-taps, interspersed with assorted ball control moves. Discussion Defensively, the main players involved are the First Defender (“Pressure player”) and the backup supporting player (called the Second Defender or the “cover” player). The job of the Cover player is […]

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Passing, defending and communication

Objective: improve passing, defending, communication Warm up 15 minutes Skills exercise: 20 minutes Game: 15 minutes Drinks, discussion, setting up: 10 minutes Total time: 60 minutes Equipment: 30 small cones, a goal (can be cones but the exercise goes better with a ‘proper’ goal), bibs and one ball for every player. Warm up Set up […]

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How to teach individual defending skills

General principles It’s important to emphasise to your players, no matter how young they are, that when the other team has the ball everyone on your team is a defender. It follows that all your players (not just the “defenders”) need to be taught the principles of individual defence: The player nearest the ball is […]

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Defending for U12s

Warm Up For these exercises, PLEASE ENSURE each player has shinguards on! Give all players a ball. Get players to dribble in a 20 x 15 yard grid. The grid can also be made larger depending on the ability of the players. On command ‘CHANGE’ players have to leave their own football and find another […]

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Defending for U9s

Age group: U9 Equipment: 1 ball per player, cones, pennies Warm up Link Tag – Create pairs of players and have them link arms, break one of the pairs apart and give one of them a penny, the player with the penny is it and will chase the other player until they link up with […]

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Defending for U10s

Age group: U10 Equipment 1 ball per player, cones, pennies Link Tag – Create pairs of players and have them link arms, break one of the pairs apart and give one of them a penny, the player with the penny is it and will chase the other player until they link up with one of […]

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Defending – the basics

This session is suitable for players aged 8 and upwards. Skills required: the players should be able to control and pass with some confidence Equipment required: cones and footballs. Number of players: groups of three, four and five. Start the session with a suitable warm up and finish with a SSG. Organisation Grid size: 20m […]

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