Coach Attackers as First Line of Defense

Use these drills to work on closing down the opposing team's defenders in the attacking third of the pitch and prevent your opponents from playing out of the back so easily.

Organization: 18yd box to half way line

Playing Area: Pitch is organised to aid transfer to 11 v 11

  • 4 defenders attempt to move the ball to far end of the line and score by breaking through centrally
  • 2 attackers work together to regain possession
  • Allow attackers to score by forcing defenders outside of box
  • Allow attackers to shoot at goal if possession is regained
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Focus on:

  • Starting position
  • Pressure on the ball
  • Angle and distance of support
  • Body position
  • Decision
  • Work as a unit
  • Communication
     

Organization: Half Pitch

  • GK, 4 defenders & 4 midfield attempt to move the ball to goal gates on half way line.
  • 2 attackers & 3 midfielders work together to regain possession or force ball inside towards midfield
  • Inside midfield player to cover and pressures ball 
  • Win ball and counter quickly
  • Practice can be mirrored at other end of pitch, progress to 11 v 11 to incorporate all players
  • High tempo pressure
  • It is vital that midfield back up Attackers pressure
  • Think about when to pressure the ball (set traps)
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Focus on:

  • Starting position
  • Pressure on the ball
  • Angle and distance of support
  • Body position
  • Decision