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Defending Functional Drills

Functional soccer training for specific defending positions in soccer (like centre defenders, outside backs, etc). Functional training involves training or practicing the specific demands of a position or a role. This can be for an individual player, or for a unit (i.e. defense).  Examples of defending functional practice would be 'Defending Wide Areas' or 'Coach Central Defenders to Defend Direct Play'.  Functional training should take place in the area of the field where that scenario would occur in a real game.

Back 4 Zonal Positioning

Type: Phase of Play
Phase of Play: Defending
Intensity (Workload): Medium

Coach how to shift the defending block and how to compact the field. Coach defending deep and being hard to penetrate by maintaining spacing and co-ordinating as a unit effectively.

Defending Crosses

Type: Functional
Age: 16
Phase of Play: Defending , Transition (Att)
Intensity (Workload): Low

Defending crosses session mainly developing the 4,5 (Centre Back) positions and how to deal with crosses. Develop the ability of the defending unit to deal with crosses and improve decision making when defending crosses.

Coach Central Defenders to deal with Crosses

Type: Phase of Play
Age: 16
Phase of Play: Defending , Transition (Att)
Intensity (Workload): Medium

Defending priorities and roles for central defenders in dealing with wide served balls. Coach how to deal with attackers in the final third and the details of the defending movements of central defenders. Addresses body stance, positioning and distance of the defender in dealing with crosses.

Coaching the Outside Back On Defending Duties

Type: Functional
Age: 14
Phase of Play: Defending
Intensity (Workload): Low, Medium

Defending responsibilities and roles of an outside back (full back) in a functional defending exercise in our own half. Small group defending in combination with the techniques and strategies on how to defend in wide areas of the football field.

Functional Defending Sessions

Back 4 Zonal Positioning

Coach how to shift the defending block and how to compact the field. Coach defending deep and being hard to penetrate by maintaining spacing and co-ordinating as a unit effectively...

05-03-2014 Hits:18878 Defending Functional Drills Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Coach Central Defenders to deal with Cro…

Defending priorities and roles for central defenders in dealing with wide served balls. Coach how to deal with attackers in the final third and the details of the defending movements of...

05-12-2013 Hits:11680 Defending Functional Drills Alexander Trukan - avatar Alexander Trukan

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Defending Crosses

Defending crosses session mainly developing the 4,5 (Centre Back) positions and how to deal with crosses. Develop the ability of the defending unit to deal with crosses and improve decision making...

10-12-2011 Hits:31071 Defending Functional Drills Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Coaching the Outside Back On Defending D…

Defending responsibilities and roles of an outside back (full back) in a functional defending exercise in our own half. Small group defending in combination with the techniques and strategies on...

02-12-2011 Hits:22817 Defending Functional Drills TonyDeers - avatar TonyDeers

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6 Man Defensive Unit

Defending unit structure and organization of a back four and two defending midfielders. To train the back 4 and 2 centre midfielders to defend as a unit. Develop an understanding of...

29-06-2011 Hits:38770 Defending Functional Drills Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Coach Developing Play from the Back 2

Defending priorities in and around the 18yrd area. Focusing on preventing goal scoring opportunities and small group defending techniques.

31-03-2011 Hits:27766 Defending Functional Drills Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Coach Central Defenders in Final Third

Defending functionally with Centre Backs. Training a pair of Centre Backs to work together and effectively deal with threatening situations. ...

10-11-2010 Hits:26903 Defending Functional Drills Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Coaching a team on when to press and dro…

Defending functional activity to develop the defending units ability to make decisions on when to press and when to drop. ...

19-03-2010 Hits:40580 Defending Functional Drills Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Attacking Quickly After Intercepting the…

Coach a team to attack quickly after regaining possession of the ball. Pressing and trapping pockets created in our opponents defending 3rd in order to force a quick turn over...

29-09-2008 Hits:38046 Defending Functional Drills Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Defending in and Around the Penalty Area

Defending priorities in and around the 18yrd area. Focusing on preventing goal scoring opportunities and small group defending techniques.

24-09-2008 Hits:47480 Defending Functional Drills Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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