Defensive Compactness | Opposed (06-P3)

This defending practice develops player's ability to defend as a group against through balls, by covering passing lines and reacting to ball movement. With 4 teams of 3 working in a 25 x 30 (depending on age group), objective is for 3 of these teams to combine outside of a central 15 x 15 Yard area, which is protected by one of the teams of 3. 3 defenders must prevent through balls being played through the area and to gain possession as many times as possible in the allotted time before rotating players.
Duration: 30 minutes     Skill: Unit Compactness    Age Group: 11+ 


Key Coaching Points:
  • Compactness between 3 defenders, with quick movement to cover passing lines checking shoulders
Progression 1:
  • 1 Defender can now press to win possession while 2 teammates cover passing lines in central area
Key Coaching Point:
  • Awareness of angle of pressure for individual players, teammates adjust to pressing players regain attempts
  • Progression 2:
    • Attacking player can drop into central area, attempting to play off the shoulder of defenders
Key Coaching Point:
  • Communication between all defenders, continued checking of shoulders and continuous adjustments during defending phase