Defend The Defending Third | Skill (03-P2)


Set Up
50 x 40 area with 4 goals positioned on the corner of each base line with 2 each end as shown.
2 teams, with at least 4 v 4, no more than 8 v 8, attempting to score in either of the 2 goals in a directional possession practice.


Player Focus
Defensive Compactness | Sliding Together | Forcing Direction | Decision To Press | Quality in Possession
Progression 1: Wide Channels
Attacking team must have a player in each wide channel to score
Progression 2: Outside Floaters
Players can bounce off target players on outside, 1 touch finish, defenders drop further
Progression 3: Central area
Must get played through central area, encouraging DFs to retract again (DF Decisions)
Touchtight Coaching Tips
Although this is a defensive practice in the main, we must ensure the attacking quality is at the level it needs to be in order to work the defenders. Therefore, our first Interventions should be based on the standard of passing and movement in possession.
S - Wide channels and target men force the defending team to slide quickly and stay with forward runners.
T - Rewards for staying compact and not conceding in 60 seconds, for example. Attacking team start to be more forceful and creative - Could develop transition on regaining possession.
E - Balls around the pitch, so that once scored, they have 3 seconds to start play again from anywhere. this encourages ownership and constant speed of play.
P - Players drop out if possession given away cheaply - pressure training for elite youth players. How do players react to this? Play Safe / Exploit player advantage
Advanced - As a coach you will know the quality of your team and individual players and so individual or group challenges could be set, for example (Back 4 + MF 2 must not concede). Be creative with your progressions and tailor them to your players needs.