Individual Defending Exercises

Individual Defending Exercises

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.

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Soccer is a Sideways on Sport

Soccer is a Sideways on Sport

Baseball, cricket, boxing and golf are all sideways on sports. Baseball players, cricketers and boxers are sideways on because they are one sided, right or left handed. This is not the only reason they are sideways on, however. Players have much less capacity to shift weight if they are flat footed and standing square. Shifting weight from back foot to front foot is one of the secrets to impact power. This is true of soccer players also but the reason we call this section “Sideways On” is because soccer is a 360 degree sport with high levels of activity going on all around the players and they need as wide a scope of vision as possible. Being sideways on gives soccer players the ability to see a comprehensive field of view and gives them many more choices than if they were facing the wrong way receiving a straight pass.

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Fast Break Attack

Fast Break Attack

Both teams have target players on the end-line of the goal they are attacking. Every time a goal is scored or the ball goes out across an end-line, the goalie behind that end-line puts a new ball back in play for his teammates (pictured right). You don’t have to play into the target to score. The target players cannot enter the field of play, but should move along the line between the disc and goal to create good passing lanes for their teammates.

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Passing Patterns to Combine

Passing Patterns to Combine

Passing patterns are designed patterns which players execute in a pre-set order. The patterns can range from very simple to very complex. These Passing Patterns to Combine drills develop technical ability, increase coordination of player movements, establish timing & rhythm, increase passing accuracy and player focus.

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Training The Final Pass / Breaking the Lines

Training The Final Pass / Breaking the Lines

Training players to know how and when to play the final pass that breaks down defenses is an extremely important piece of training for your team's attacking players.  

These type of passes, that are executed so consistently by elite playmakers like David Silva and Andrés Iniesta, are exciting to watch and often result in quality chances on goal.

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Italian Pressing and Conditioning Play Part 1: Pressing from the Back and Condensing Play

Italian Pressing and Conditioning Play Part 1: Pressing from the Back and Condensing Play

In this drill from Soccer Awareness, our teams are working on Pressing from the Back and Condensing Play. Defenders drop off slower than attackers to allow them to get close and to delay their forward momentum. 

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Pressing and Trapping with Forwards

Pressing and Trapping with Forwards

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.

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Possession Under Pressure

Possession Under Pressure

Getting players to maintain possession of the ball under defensive pressure is a vital soccer skill. If your team has the soccer ball you are more likely to score and the other team cannot possibly score without it. Here are three drills from Dick Bate to help your team improve their ability to maintain possession under pressure.

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Coaching Attack & Defense Using Small-Sided Games

Coaching Attack & Defense Using Small-Sided Games

The emphasis of the session will be on the Principles of Attack. Teach the players to use possession to set-up penetration. 4 v 4 will be the smallest unit of play in order to have width and depth for the attack. 

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Finishing In and Around the Box with the 4-2-3-1 Diamond Attacking Set-Up

Finishing In and Around the Box with the 4-2-3-1 Diamond Attacking Set-Up

Striker movement is one of the greatest and most difficult ARTS to master. The situation is constantly changing and the striker is constantly moving to create space for him or herself but also for teammates. Small-sided games are important in the development of younger players through increased touches with the ball and more experience with basic tactical challenges.

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