U11 - U14

Balanced Defending

Area – Set up three (or four) 10 x 20 grids. Each grid has a goal at each end. The coach has all the soccer balls. Players are placed in the first channel at both sides of their goal.

Part 1 is 1v1 and is played in one grid.

 

1. The coach serves in a ball to any player. That player plays a 1v1 against the player diagonally opposite.

2. The task for the defender is to defend the 1v1 properly while the player with the ball attempts to score on the goal.

Coaching points:

Force the play one way

Take a good defensive stance

Encourage defenders to make the tackle.

Half of the players from each team move to the next grid.

Part 2 is 2v2 and is played in two grids.

Players must stay in their own grid.

1. The coach serves in a ball to any player. That player and their team mate in the opposite grid enter their playing area. Two defenders enter their playing area also.

2. Players can pass to each other to try and move the defenders out of balance but they must stay in their own playing area.

3. A goal can be scored on either goal. The object of the exercise is to teach the defender who is not adding pressure, to cover their goal

Variation:

Part 3 - Now move to the third grid and play 3 v 3. Watch how the players will offer instant cover and balance.

Coaching points:

Force the play one way

React to the move,ent of the ball

Take a good defensive stance

Encourage defenders to make the tackle.

Communication

Area: Half a field with two teams 7 v 6 + GK. Two 3 yard goals are placed on the halfway line.

1. Play 7 v 6 in the attackers favor. The number of players can be changed depending on the formation you want to work on.

2. The coach serves the ball to any dark player.

3. The defense move as a unit to close the play down. Pressure, cover and especially balance has to be used because the defense are playing a man down.

4. If the defense win the ball they attempt to keep possession and score through one of the goals on the halfway line.

Variations:

• Build up to 11 v 11 if possible

Coaching points:

Communication from the defending team is so important

Players must have the knowledge to spot the danger.

Leave the ‘non danger’ player, the player who is furthest away from play. You do not have to guard this player tight.

Even though numbers are down on defense, encourage the players to double team the player in possession, win the ball back and quickly counter attack.

Players need to understand when to delay the play so defenders can recover.

 Force the play in a certain direction.

  • Does the defender force the play wide?

  • Does the defender force the play inside?

  • Does the defender force the play towards a team-mate?

  • Does the defender force the play away from the attackers team-mate?

  • Does the defender force the play onto the attackers weaker foot?

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