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Defending Phases of Play

Defending Phases of Play are more realistic soccer practices designed to simulate a specific sections of play within a real football match in the defending phase. Here we train units and whole team understanding of the principles of play and tactical understanding. Usually this form of training takes place over 2/3rds of a full size football pitch and focuses on a specific aspect of play (defending when outnumbered, defending, marking and covering, etc). The team being worked with can be overloaded (e.g. 9vs8, 8vs7) and conditions placed on the other team to further create a good learning environment. Various start positions can also be employed to create the game scenario desired.

FC Barcelona Defensive Transition

Soccer Drills Skills: Defending
Type: Phase of Play, Functional
Age: 16
Phase of Play: Defending , Transition - (Def)
Intensity (Workload): Medium

Coach how to regain possession in the final third and how to prevent the opposition playing forwards. Ideally attempting to regain possession of the football in 6 secs if possible. Roles and responsibilities in a 4-4-4 (4-2-3-1) in order to effectively defend in and around your own 18 yrd area.

Negative Transition (Shadow Play)

Soccer Drills Skills: Defending
Type: Exercise (Drills), Functional
Age: 16
Phase of Play: Defending
Intensity (Workload): Low

Develop players’ understanding of negative transition and quick recovery to defensive shape. Develop players’ understanding of passing patterns and understanding of rotating positions. Phase of Play instructed and led by the coaching staff.

Coach Defending Direct Play

Soccer Drills Skills: Defending
Type: Phase of Play
Age: 16
Phase of Play: Defending
Intensity (Workload): Medium

Defending direction play in a Phase of Play, coaching players on various scenarios of when an opponents attempt to play a direct style of play.

Coach Defending in the Final Third

Soccer Drills Skills: Defending
Type: Phase of Play, Functional
Age: 16
Phase of Play: Defending
Intensity (Workload): Medium

Defending in the final 3rd and defending priorities. Positioning of the defending line and coaching the principles of defending in the defending half. Movements and spacing of the defending unit to handle various situations.

Defending Phases of Play

FC Barcelona Defensive Transition

Coach how to regain possession in the final third and how to prevent the opposition playing forwards. Ideally attempting to regain possession of the football in 6 secs if possible...

21-10-2013 Hits:24367 Defending Phases of Play Alexander Trukan - avatar Alexander Trukan

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Coach Defending Direct Play

Defending direction play in a Phase of Play, coaching players on various scenarios of when an opponents attempt to play a direct style of play. ...

11-12-2011 Hits:31097 Defending Phases of Play Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Negative Transition (Shadow Play)

Develop players’ understanding of negative transition and quick recovery to defensive shape. Develop players’ understanding of passing patterns and understanding of rotating positions. Phase of Play instructed and led by the...

27-07-2011 Hits:26915 Defending Phases of Play Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Coach Defending and Marking in Front 3rd

Defending from the front exercise and understanding trapping pockets and how to apply pressure on and steer an opponents back line into forcing turn overs of possession high up the field...

15-02-2011 Hits:19961 Defending Phases of Play Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Coach Defending Wide Play

Defending priorities in wide areas are coached in this Phase of Play. Players gain an understanding of times to press and options on defending in the wide corridors of the field...

24-01-2011 Hits:22629 Defending Phases of Play Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Coach Defending in the Final Third

Defending in the final 3rd and defending priorities. Positioning of the defending line and coaching the principles of defending in the defending half. Movements and spacing of the defending unit to...

07-09-2009 Hits:25334 Defending Phases of Play Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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