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Soccer Defending Drills 9-11yrs

Defending in soccer involves a number of principles which should be adhered to. Soccer defending is not limited to just the defensive players and needs to be a co-ordinated attempt by the whole team to regain possession.

  1. Immediate Pressure on the ball. The closest player to the ball needs to apply pressure. Player nearest the ball is "the 1st Defender".
  2. Most of the defending team collapses into the space in front of opponent's point of attack (i.e. behind the ball).

Defending Sessions

Playing Out the Back with Neutral Full B…

Playing out the back exercise with progressive difficulty. Foundational level activity to build good supporting angles and incorporate strategies to build possession out from the defensive third of the field...

27-12-2015 Hits:4051 Playing Out from the Back SSGs Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Playing Out the Back with Transition SSG

Develop Playing Out the Back in zones with transition built into the exercise. Coach shape and movements necessary to build out fro the back and circulate the football through the...

27-12-2015 Hits:4416 Playing Out from the Back SSGs Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Playing Out the Back SSG

Coach Playing out from the Back and building possession through the 3rds. Based on a possession style of football. Passing into the midfield. This exercise has several progressions that develop...

19-02-2015 Hits:4318 Playing Out from the Back SSGs Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Compact Defending

Coach team how to compact the field and prevent opportunities to penetrate. Reduce the space between lines as an 11 man unit and learn how to slide and shift to...

13-03-2014 Hits:7289 Defending 11vs11 Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Back 4 Zonal Positioning

Coach how to shift the defending block and how to compact the field. Coach defending deep and being hard to penetrate by maintaining spacing and co-ordinating as a unit effectively...

05-03-2014 Hits:12946 Defending Functional Drills Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Deep Defending to Counter Attack

Coach understanding when to counter-attack on a large scale small sided game. Coach how to counter-attack in different ways and also how to regain possession in your own half. Strategies...

10-02-2014 Hits:8521 Compact Defending Games Alexander Trukan - avatar Alexander Trukan

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Coach Central Defenders to deal with Cro…

Defending priorities and roles for central defenders in dealing with wide served balls. Coach how to deal with attackers in the final third and the details of the defending movements of...

05-12-2013 Hits:8487 Defending Functional Drills Alexander Trukan - avatar Alexander Trukan

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Recovery Runs from Midfield SSG

Defending recovery runs small sided game with sectioned area to determine clear defending runs for players. Coach where to make recovery runs for various positions (In particular Midfield players) and make...

29-11-2012 Hits:12348 Compact Defending Games Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Prevent Forward Play (11vs11)

Developing a team’s ability to prevent forward play. Develop full team defending technique and also individual defending technique. ...

14-12-2011 Hits:16495 Defending 11vs11 Heinz
Fractz - avatar Heinz Fractz

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Defending Crosses

Defending crosses session mainly developing the 4,5 (Centre Back) positions and how to deal with crosses. Develop the ability of the defending unit to deal with crosses and improve decision making...

10-12-2011 Hits:27408 Defending Functional Drills Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Coaching the Outside Back On Defending D…

Defending responsibilities and roles of an outside back (full back) in a functional defending exercise in our own half. Small group defending in combination with the techniques and strategies on...

02-12-2011 Hits:19934 Defending Functional Drills TonyDeers - avatar TonyDeers

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Recovery Runs SSG (8vs8)

Defending transition exercise designed to develop the recovery runs of players on a loss of possession. Coach where to make recovery runs for various positions, roles and responsibilities. Coach compactness in...

02-12-2011 Hits:17826 Compact Defending Games Heinz
Fractz - avatar Heinz Fractz

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Line of Confrontation SSG (8vs8)

Defending confrontation line and understanding its application in a small sided game. Coach a team to pressure (press) based on a line of confrontation. ...

01-12-2011 Hits:6518 Pressing SSGs Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Zonal Defending (Small Group)

Developing the principles for zonal defending and 2vs2 defending technique. Small sided game to train defending in small groups. ...

16-08-2011 Hits:17118 Small Group Defending - Level 2 Heinz
Fractz - avatar Heinz Fractz

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Prevent Forward Play (4vs2)

Develop defending technique as an individual. Develop defending in a small group (pairs) and a basic understanding of defending in a small group. ...

17-07-2011 Hits:15439 Small Group Defending - Level 2 Heinz
Fractz - avatar Heinz Fractz

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6 Man Defensive Unit

Defending unit structure and organization of a back four and two defending midfielders. To train the back 4 and 2 centre midfielders to defend as a unit. Develop an understanding of...

29-06-2011 Hits:36424 Defending Functional Drills Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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1vs1 Defending (Central)

Defending priorities in and around the 18yrd area. Focusing on preventing goal scoring opportunities and small group defending techniques. 1vs1 defending technique. ...

10-05-2011 Hits:13601 1vs1 Defending - Level 2 Ray
Power - avatar Ray Power

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High Pressure Defending 8vs8

Defending with high pressure and working with to initiate a high press from the front of the field in order to attempt to win the ball back quickly. This small sided...

29-04-2011 Hits:23437 Pressing SSGs Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Coach Developing Play from the Back 2

Defending priorities in and around the 18yrd area. Focusing on preventing goal scoring opportunities and small group defending techniques.

31-03-2011 Hits:24631 Defending Functional Drills Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Coach Developing Play from the Back 3

Developing playing out of the back (building out of the back) in a small sided game. Progressing to playing into and through midfield areas to target goals. Foundational game for...

26-03-2011 Hits:20600 Playing Out from the Back SSGs Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Coach Central Defenders in Final Third

Defending functionally with Centre Backs. Training a pair of Centre Backs to work together and effectively deal with threatening situations. ...

10-11-2010 Hits:23396 Defending Functional Drills Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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1vs1 Flank Defending

1vs1 defending functional exercise where individual defending technique should be emphasized and trained. ...

10-08-2010 Hits:13919 1vs1 Defending - Level 2 Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Coaching a team on when to press and dro…

Defending functional activity to develop the defending units ability to make decisions on when to press and when to drop. ...

19-03-2010 Hits:36237 Defending Functional Drills Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Total Defending and Tracking Back

Drill Objective(s) To train the ability defend and track forward runs. To train the ability of the attackers to make positive forward runs. Develop individual and small group defending. Drill No: SSG16 Age: 12-Adult No. Players: 16 Area/Pitch: 30x25yrds Difficulty: Medium Time: 20mins Standard ViewDiagram...

16-12-2008 Hits:17039 Compact Defending Games Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Super 8's with Offside

Small sided game that focuses on the usage of the offside line to create opportunities to catch attacking teams offside and conversely for the attacking team to penetrate a high...

16-12-2008 Hits:20423 Compact Defending Games Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Attacking Quickly After Intercepting the…

Coach a team to attack quickly after regaining possession of the ball. Pressing and trapping pockets created in our opponents defending 3rd in order to force a quick turn over...

29-09-2008 Hits:35494 Defending Functional Drills Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Defending in and Around the Penalty Area

Defending priorities in and around the 18yrd area. Focusing on preventing goal scoring opportunities and small group defending techniques.

24-09-2008 Hits:44550 Defending Functional Drills Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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