SSG for High Pressure Defending

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on high pressure defending and taking players on offensively.

Start with a 60 x 40 grid with goals on each endline and a keeper in each goal. There is a designated defender (in white) for each team and 4 v 4 in the middle.

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The rules are pretty simple. Each player is assigned a player on the other team and that is the only player they can mark. This game involves man to man marking and the only player who can provide any

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High Pressure Defensive Shape and Balance

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on defensive shape and balance with an emphasis on high pressure.

Start with a 10 x 20 yard area (10 yards deep and 20 yards wide) with 3 attacking players starting on an endline and 2 defenders. One of the attacking players has a ball.

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The attacking players are trying to take the ball over the opposite end line. The defenders are using high pressure to prevent the attackers from getting

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Take-Over Drill

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on passing, takeovers and turns.

Start with 2 players 20 yards apart, one of whom has a ball. A third player is behind the player with the ball.

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The player with the ball starts by passing to the far player and then running right at that player.

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The player who receives the ball dribbles at the player coming at him.

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The dribbling player opens his hips to allow the runner to do a takeover.

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The player who allowed the takeover runs to the end line behind the waiting player and the dribbler takes the ball to the opposite endline, does a turn and passes to the third player.

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The activity then continues for 2 straight minutes at full speed.

The objective with this activity is to have good crisp passes, sprints after each pass, good communication (verbal and non verbal) for the takeover and then sharp turns.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

High Pressure in the Middle Third

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on high pressure in the middle third of the field.

Start with a field 60 x 44 broken into thirds (you might want to make the middle third slightly bigger than the other two). There is a goal on each end line, a keeper in each goal and 4 v 4 in the middle. There is also a free defender in each defensive third of the field.

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Each teams free player in the back must stay in

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Heading to Score or Back Across the Goal

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on “head backs”.

In an ideal world, a team would get the ball out wide, cross the ball into a position for a player to finish first time (with the head, foot or other part of the body).

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Unfortunately our teams play in the real world and not the ideal world so it doesn’t always work that way. Too often the cross isn’t

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Individual Defending

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on defensive footwork

In a 20 x 10 area, start with two players and two balls. The balls are on one end and the players are on the other end line.

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The players start by sprinting to the ball and when they get within a yard, they “jab” (as if they are going to stab at the ball), push back with their lead foot and use defensive footwork as if they imaginary player with the ball is dribbling.

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The sprint forward is a full sprint and the jab and backward footwork is done at speed but changing directions slightly (pushing the imaginary attacker to the right and then to the left).

Do this 5 times WITHOUT A BREAK.

Next get rid of one of the balls and one player is the attacker and the other is the defender.

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The defender sprints out to the ball, jabs and then the attacker starts dribbling. The defender works on his footwork going backwards while the dribbler works on his moves. The attacker is NOT trying to beat the defender.

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As soon as both player cross the other end line, the defender gets the ball, dribbles at full speed to the opposite end and then the first attacker is now the defender and they have switched roles and do it again. They do this 5 times at each roles and there is no break in between.

Next the player who will be the defender starts with the ball, he passes to the attacker and then follows his pass as the attacker dribbles and he defends.

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Again this is done each with no break.

Doing these activities on a regular basis allows you to continue to work on defensive footwork (and some fitness) in a very short period of time

Have a great day!

Lawrence

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

One-Touch Passing For Speed and Movement

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on 1 touch passing with movement

Start with 4 players positioned in a rectangle that is 30 x 15 and 2 other players in the middle.

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The player in the top left hand corner (player 1) starts with a ball and begins by

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Possession Conditioning Drill

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Newsletter. Today’s featured activity shows you how to work on passing a receiving while building in a lot of fitness.

Start with groups of threes. Two players are 20 yards from each other and the third player is in the middle with a ball.

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The player in the middle (1) starts by passing to

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