Cancel Page Animation: 278640121
Category number: 03
Theme name: Defend The Defending Third
Type: Skill
Phase: 6
Age: 9
Number of Players: 12
Duration: 25
Part: 1
Level: 1
Skill: Defending
Skill2: Crossing
Skill3: Possession
Category custom Id: Practice
HD: HD
Home Page Animation: 249228840
Animations: 241180174
PDF: /images/pdf/03PDFs/03-P3_PDF.pdf
Defend The Defending Third 03 P3 Cover

 

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03

Defend The Defending Third | Skill Practice (03-P3)

Set Up
13 Outfield Players inc. 2 GKs, a central 152 area, 2 v 2 + Floater, 1 ST 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 who puts a cross in the box. Teammate in area (not passer) makes 2 v 1 by attacking area. If they regain in area, they can break immediately to create same 2 v 1.
 

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Key Coaching Points
  • 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

 

Progressions & Constraints 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 a player's turn? Body shape, stronger foot.. Can you dictate this?

 

Player Focus
Individual Defending | 1 v 1 Technique | Reading Flight | Quick feet | Physical Use

 

Article Description This practice centres on 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