5. Defensive shape

Area: 60 x 20. 4 v 4 in the central area with each player occupying a 10 x 15  playing area. One target player at each end line. The team in possession must stay in their boxes but the defenders are aloud to roam.

1. The target dark player passes the ball to a red player. The red player looks to play a pass to the target player or to a team mate.

2. The nearest defender presses the red player and forces the play inside.

3. The other defenders offer cover and slide across to prevent the pass being made to the target player. A constant distance between the defenders must be maintained.

Variation:

Add two target players

Coaching points:

Communication

Pressure, cover and balance.

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