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Total Defending and Tracking Back

Drill Objective(s)
  1. To train the ability defend and track forward runs.
  2. To train the ability of the attackers to make positive forward runs.
  3. Develop individual and small group defending.
Drill No: SSG16 Age: 12-Adult
No. Players: 16 Area/Pitch: 30x25yrds
Difficulty: Medium Time: 20mins
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Diagram 1
   
 
ORGANISATION:
MArk out an area of 30x25yrds with 5yrd end-zones at each end.  Play 3vs3.  Multiple small fields can be set up to have multiple games going on at the same time. Coach maintains a supply of balls on the side of the field to allow continuous play. For progression 1 it is advised to have line judges next to the end zones.
 
INSTRUCTIONS:

2 teams compete and attempt to dribble or pass the ball into the oppositions end-zone area.  When a point is scored the coach feeds a new ball to the team just scored on.  If the ball goes out the side a new ball is played from the coach to allow continuous play.  Resting players can be line judges and also help retrieve balls.

 
SCORING:

Teams can score goals in 4 different ways:

  1. Dribble the ball into the end-zone and put touch the ball down with the sole of the foot.
  2. Pass the ball into the end-sone to a player making a run who controls and touch the ball down with the sole of the foot. (Refer to A2 in the diagram above). 
  3. Or simply pass the ball to an open player (Refer to A3 in the diagram above).
  4. Refer to Progression 1 = Attacking players can score by making unmarked runs into the oppositions end-zone area.
 
KEY COACHING POINTS:
  1. Defenders have to stay 'switched on' and alert to off the ball runs as well as the player on the ball.
  2. Good defensive communication.
  3. Encourage the attackers to dribble at defenders.
  4. Encourage the attackers to make positive attacking runs and get behind the defenders. 
  5. Cross over and diagonal runs will disorganize the defending team.
  6. Either use making or zonal defending.  Advise man marking to begin with.
 
PROGRESSIONS:
  1. Attackers are now encouraged to make further runs into the oppositions end-zone area.  A goal can now also be scored by an attacking player making an 'unmarked' run into the oppositions end-zone area.  That players team must have clear possession of the ball to do this.  It is advisable to place 2 judges, one at each end zone to monitor players entering the end-zones un-marked.  Be clear to explain to the players what you consider marked and not marked. Refer to the diagram below.
  2. Play 4vs4 in a larger area (40x30yrds).
 
 
VARIATIONS:
  1. This game can also be played 4vs4 in a larger area (40x30yrds).
 
NOTES AND OBSERVATIONS:
This game will teach the players to focus and switch on during defending.  Players have to keep aware of attacking players making blind side and forward runs to score easy points.  The defending team has to work hard to prevent any scores.  This is a physically demanding drill and should have frequent rest periods to allow for recovery. 
 
Diagrams were generated using Tactics Manager from SoccerTutor.com

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