Football/Soccer Session (Difficult): Defending

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Andy Emsley
Name: Andy Emsley
City: Sheffield
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 1 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
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Coach a team to defend against a team that players with 2 strikers

8 v 7 in advantage for the attacking team


1.Switch on in transition!

2.Team becomes more compact and drops deep and narrows.

3.Can I intercept? Players should be on their toes and ready to intercept where possible.

4.Discuss whether the team is man marking or zonal.

5.Team slides to strong side of the field to compact space.

6.If man marking, get tight denying any turns.

7.Track forward runs.

8.Recovery runs to get goal side of the ball and markers.

9.Discuss when to press and when not to press (dependent on team tactics).

10.Discuss how deep to drop, do we hold the line and leave them offside (dependent on team tactics).

11.Discuss the positioning/marking of weak side players to be inside to cut off cross field passing opportunities.

12.Delay to allow other team mates to get behind the ball.

13.Defend on the attackers inside shoulders with anticipation marking technique.

14.Head on a swivel to check other defenders positions.

15.Communication on who is stepping to pressure, mark etc. Be clear a specific.

16.Can we make play predictable and work as units and pairs to win the ball back quickly?

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