The soccer drills in this session from Soccer Champions Coaches’ Clinic focus on the defense and winning the ball back.Read More
The key defensive skill we are practicing here is for the defending player to always be able to see the ball and the attacker at the same time. The defender must gauge whether it is possible to intercept the ball and, if it is not, then must adopt a position behind the attacking player’s receiving foot.Read More
When defense is discussed, it is often in the context of the team. Yes, the defensive system employed by a coach, whether it is man-to-man or zonal, is important. But what are as important and often overlooked are the technical and tactical defensive abilities of the individual players. Following is a practical session that addresses the individual skills of tackling, closing down and containing from the front and back -- as well as exercises that incorporate these skills into a team's defense.Read More
This set of 4 small-sided games focusing on coaching attack and defense from Brian Bliss, Director of Player Personnel Sporting Kansas City, was presented at the 2016 Soccer Champions Coaches' Clinic.Read More
Use this session to review and reinforce the keys of individual defending. These drills create a competitive environment where 2 defenders coordinate & adjust def. roles by reading cues of teammate and opponents.Read More
An essential part of team defense tactics is pressing and trapping in the attacking third.
Attacking player pressing is an aggressive form of pressing. It's objective is to completely trap opponents inside their own half, in order to either win the ball or force opponents to play long, uncontrolled passes. Your opponents are constantly under pressure, without time or space to build an attack. One misplaced pass in front of their goal can create an opening for a shooter.Read More