Soccer Defending Drills
Soccer Defending Drills will assure your team understands the tactic and technique of playing
defense during a soccer match. Defending is the ability to prevent the opponent from getting
chances and moving the ball forward. Although defense in soccer is not seen as a sexy part of the
game, the truth is playing defense is a significant component of the game of soccer, as roughly
half of your time is playing defense.
Pressure, cover, and balance are the three ingredients to coaching defense.
Pressure, cover, and balance are the three ingredients to coaching defense and is the key to
good defensive shape. The idea is to put immediate pressure on the ball in attempt to dispossess
your opponent as quickly as possible.
Pressure will teach the closest player to the ball to put pressure on the attacking player in hopes
to dispossess the attacker or make them make a mistake.
Cover is a defensive positioning that gives immediate support to the pressuring players by
positioning themselves near the pressure.
Balance refers to the ability of the team to position themselves in an excellent defensive
posture that does not allow the switching of the ball to off-balance the defense.
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1v1 Speed and Reaction Game is a fun addition to any practice that focuses on quick reaction and speed, ending with a 1v1 to small goals.
1v1 attacking drill that focuses on beating the defender in a 1v1 situation and finishing on a full-size goal.
This defensive soccer drill focuses on clearing balls from the back third of the field. Defenders are taught to handle difficult balls while clearing them high and wide.
This circle rondo soccer drill is a great warm-up drill before a game, or a drill for your practice session.
This 1v1 soccer battle drill will focus on the attacking and defending aspects of the game.
This 2v2 soccer attacking and defending drill focuses on the attacker's decision to dribble, pass, or shoot. From the defensive side, they must quickly close down the attackers and deny space.
This 4v2 game will focus on building an attack near the penalty area and getting shots on goal.
This 1v1 soccer attacking drill focuses on the attacker making quick faints, a change of direction, and a burst of speed while causing the defender to react quickly to the attacker's movements.
This 6 vs 4 team training drill focuses on passing and team play. The 6v4 soccer game is great finish to a passing training session.
It's always good to finishing a soccer training session with a 7 vs. 7 scrimmage to focus on team play.