Teaching 1st Defender without Opposition

This soccer defending drill is great for teaching young players how to defend when they are the closest player to the opponent with the ball.

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  • You will need the attacking third of a field with a full size goal.
  • Split the team into two groups of defenders who start on both sides of the goal.
  • Two attacking players are positioned outside the penalty area on both sides of the field, with a ball.


  1. On the coaches command the first defender from each line closes down the attacker.
  2. You should focus on a fast, controlled approach while positioning their body between the ball and the middle of the goal.
  3. Let every player go 4-5 times or until they are comfortable with approaching the attacker.

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  • Have the defenders pass the ball to the attacker and focus on the same items above.

Coaching Points

  • Fast, Controlled approach
  • Get body positioned between the goal and the ball.

Drill Target Ages

  • U4, U-4, Under 4, 4 and Under
  • U5, U-5, Under 5, 5 and Under
  • U6, U-6, Under 6, 6 and Under
  • U7, U-7, Under 7, 7 and Under
  • U8, U-8, Under 8, 8 and Under
  • U9, U-9, Under 9, 9 and Under
  • U10, U-10, Under 10, 10 and Under
  • U11, U-11, Under 11, 11 and Under
  • U12, U-12, Under 12, 12 and Under

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Soccer Drill Titled: Teaching 1st Defender without Opposition
Tagged: Teaching 1st Defender, First Defender Soccer, Teaching First Defender
Published by: Chris Johnson
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