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Coach Central Defenders in Final Third

Drill Objective(s)
      1. To train the central defenders on their defensive responsibilities.
      2. Develop their ability to work as a defending pair.
      • Drill No:               AFD4
      • Age:                    15-Adult                             
      • No Players:        13
      • Difficulty:            Medium
      • Area/Time:         1/4 Field  (20mins)
      Diagram 1

      Mark out roughly 1/4 of a full size pitch (30x25yrds). Mark out a support player area where a supporting (feeder) starts.

      • 2 attackers (+Feeder) (Yellow)
      • 2 central defenders (Red)
      • 2 support players  (Orange)

      In the example above the yellow attacking team combines with each other using the flank player to create opportunities on goal.  The coach works with the defending team to identify the key points of defending in central areas and how to defend in a partnership. The starting position is always from the supporting zone where A3 is positioned:

      1. The supporting player (A3) passes in to A2.
      2. A2 combines with F2.
      3. A1 makes a through run.
      4. F2 passes through to A1 to finish.
      Throughout D1 and D2 attempt to defend and play the ball out to a Feeder, where the drill starts again from the supporter playing a ball in. Discuss the movement and coaching points of this role with the players as shown in the diagrams below in Diagram 2.
        2 teams compete and attempt to score.  The attacking team scores by scoring on the goal.  The defending team scores by intercepting the ball and playing it out to one of the feeder players.  
        1. Switch on when defending!
        2. Communication between the 2 centre backs.
        3. Stay goal side but ready to step and intercept.
        4. The nearest play to the ball should pressure (Immediate).
        5. Deny the forwards turning and facing goal where possible.
        6. Is it possible to step and intercept a poorly hit pass into the forwards?
        7. Discuss the concept of the Defensive Triangle, one defender steps and pressures; one drops off to provide cover and balance. Marking their player and ½ of their team-mates.
        8. Close down quickly, as the ball is moving.
        9. Body position of the defender should be side on, low centre of gravity (bent knees) and on the inside shoulder of the forward.
        10. Discuss a possible early cross (near post or far post?).
        11. Get there fast, Arrive slow. Don’t dive in!
        12. Be patient, timing of the challenge (if any).
        13. Drop on anticipation of a through ball.
        14. Step up the line on negative passes.
        15. On through balls decide whether to step for offside, hold or track and drop.
        16. Through balls could be intercepted and dealt with by the GK (acting as sweeper)?
        1. Add players A4 and A5 (defended by D3 and D4). These players cannot go into the regular playing area and are restricted to their playing zone. A3 now becomes a pure target player and does not leave the line where they support the play (or can enter the play as shown below and play in the grey area also). Defenders score by passing into the target player. Offside does apply.
        Diagram 2 - Possible scenarios for CB's
          1. Allow the target (support) player to only play on the line and not enter the play to give a numbers up for the attackers.
          2. Increase the length of the playing area to encourage through balls.
          Monitor offside’s to create a game like situation. Ensure the defenders work off each other’s positions and check to see where there support is. Work on the decision making process. Make sure that the players can see the ball and their mark at the same time always. Stress the principles of defending, including depth, delay, balance and staying compact throughout.
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