Football Practice Set Up: Defend The Defending Third - Opposed (1003ai)
50x40 Area with 4 goals positioned on the 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.
Defensive Compactness - Sliding Together - Forcing Direction - Decision To Press - Quality in Possession
Touchtight's Soccer 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 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 conceeding 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.