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Prevent Forward Play (11vs11)

Drill Objective(s) 
  1. Developing a team’s ability to prevent forward play.
  2. Develop full team defending technique.
  3. Develop individual defending technique.
  • Drill No: FULL1
  • Age: 14-Adlt
  • No Players: 11vs11
  • Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced
  • Area/Time: Full Field (20mins)
Diagram 1
ORGANISATION:
  • Full Field with 2 full size goals.
  • Red vs. Blue team (Coached Team).
  • 2 'No Press' zones from the edge of the D area of the 18yrd box to the goal line.
  • Offside rule applies.
  • 2 Starting Positions (Indicated by Yellow cones).
INSTRUCTIONS:
  • The Blue Team (Coached Team) beginning from Starting Point 1 (SP1) has an attacking midfield player dribble and hit a weak shot into the GK to start play.
  • Starting position 2 (SP2) would be to have a Blue outside midfielder mishit a cross into the GK.
  • Once the GK has possession the Red back 4 spread and look to receive a rolled (thrown) pass from the Red GK.
  • Only the receiving touch of the Red defender the Blue team is no allowed to enter the ‘No Press’ zone and defend. Note: For more advanced teams the ‘No Press’ zone may not be required.
  • On the ball exiting the field play, restart from the assigned starting position.
SCORING:

1 goal = Scoring on the full size goal normal.

KEY COACHING POINTS:
  1. Defending players need to switch on and re-organize when there is a change of possession.
  2. Force passes sideways or backwards. Defenders do not have to win the ball back immediately. Just prevent forward play.
  3. Furthest forward attackers (on defending team) have to decide whether they can win the ball back and press or delay.
  4. When a team presses all players must press together.
  5. Furthest player forward on realizing they are unable to win the ball back (intercept) provides a barrier and delays for other to track back and get behind the ball.
  6. Recovery runs should be towards your own goal.
  7. Mark goal side and ball side if possible.
  8. Pressing need to become tighter as our opponents approach our half way line.       Designated line for heavy pressure is sometimes arranged.
  9. Markers (defenders) around 30yrds of the ball should be tight (i.e. anticipation marking) to prevent easy passing options and force any potential pass into a marked player.
  10. Defenders should position their body to be able to see the ball and their mark at all times.
  11. Patience to win the ball back.
  12. Pressing can also be initiated off specific events pre-arranged by the team. (i.e. press on a bad touch, on a throw in the defending half, when a specific player or position receives a pass, etc).
  13. Concentration and compact team space.
  14. Pre-arranged lines of confrontation can be set by a team.
  15. Cover and support in defending unit.
  16. Defending unit should slide with the ball.
  17. Clear communication is key to organization.
Diagram 2 - Defending Team Can Enter the 'No Press' Zone on the Defenders First Touch.
 
PROGRESSIONS
  1. Play without a structured started (Starting Position) but still include the two 'No Press' Zones.
  2. Remove the 'No Press' Zones and allow free play.
 
VARIATIONS:
  1. With the Structred Start: To develop an understanding preventing forward passing in the midfield allow the attacking team to have 1 free unopposed pass from the 'No Press' Zone into a teammate before before active defending can start. 
 
NOTES AND OBSERVATIONS:
Active defending is required with good decision making.  Defending from the front is important and sets the alignment for teammates behind. 
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