Football Practice Set Up: Defend The Defending Third - Opposed (1003-P3)

13 Outfield Players inc. 2 GKs 15 x 15 central square 2 v 2 + Floater, 1ST v 1 DF each end + 1 WM Floater either side to deliver. Here we are defending the goal from wide deliveries starting with 2 v 1 situations, gradually building numbers to develop individual and paired defending in the final third. 
 
Individual defending, reading of delivery, marking and positional sense off ball delivery. Central players must make 5 passes before delivering to wide player to put cross in box. Teammate in area (not passer) makes 2 v 1 by attacking area. If Reds regain in area, they can break immediately to create same 2 v 1.

 

Player Focus

Individual Defending - 1 v 1 Technique - Reading Flight - Quick feet - Physical Use 
 

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Key Coaching Questions:
  • Assess flight of the ball quickly to be able to defend effectively?
  • Be in a position to see both ball delivery and attacking player - quick feet?

 

Progression 1:
  • Allow ball directly into ST feet so defender can deal with direct play
 
 
Key Coaching Questions:
  • Are you able to intercept or cause problems on player's first touch?
  • How can you read player's turn? body shape, stronger foot.. can you dictate this?