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Defending Centrally | Lead (12-P12)

 

 
This 4 v 4 Attacking Lead Practice breaks defending phases down into an initial 3 v 3 on the edge of our defending third, with a 1 v 1 in the defending third. Objective is for attacking team to combine with striker and encourage support runners to create 2 v 1 to finish.
 
Defenders must be compact and recognise when and how to force attackers into areas of the pitch where they have an advantage. Consider press and cover, communication from behind and forcing direction.