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 Continue reading

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 Continue reading

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.

Stance and Balance for Individual Defending

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on defensive stance and individual balance while defending.

Coaches frequently talk about defensive stance and the need to stay low, balanced etc. The thing that frequently gets neglected is the approach and how the defender should get from running toward the attacker to the good balanced stance. This activity will work on this important part of defending.

Start with a group of attackers near the midfield line, a group of defenders on the end line, a keeper in goal and a server out wide with some balls.

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The server starts by passing a Continue reading

The Art of Passive Defending

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on passive defending and looking to penetrate in the attack.

Start with a 30 x 20 grid with 2 goals on each end line that are 3 yards wide. There is a midfield line and 2 teams of 5 players.

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The teams try to score in either of the two opposite goals. As soon as a team loses possession all of Continue reading