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Defending Principles of Play

Session Objective(s)
  • To develop understanding of the Defending Principles of Play.
  • To develop an understanding of Delay, Depth, Concentration (Compaction), Balance, Discipline/Patience in the defending phase.

  1. Delay - The ability to prevent the ball from being played forward quickly. A pressuring player needs to reduce the time and space of the attacker to prevent the ball being played forward. This is especially important when outnumbered to allow the team to re-shape to a loss in possession appropriately.
  2. Depth - Reduce the space behind the pressuring player. Provide support in defence. These players do not provide pressure on the ball but instead support the challenging player. Their relative position to the pressuring player is dependent on the situation and part of the field they are supporting the player in. Defensive support is generally much tighter than attacking support.
  3. Concentration/Compactness - The movement of players to concentrate into an area of the field vulnerable to scoring opportunities. Most teams generally drop on loss of possession and recover towards their own goal. Players should make runs back towards their own goal and goal side of the ball if desired.
  4. Balance - In order to cancel the threat of mobility provided by the offense, balance is required by the defending team to retain defensive shape. Balancing is an extension of delay and support. Balancing players provide additional support. Be prepared to leave weak side attacking players unmarked to balance the strong side of the field.
  5. Discipline/Patience - Defending players need to be patient and assess the risk involved in challenging for the ball. A well structured defending line can quickly become disorganized with one rash challenge. Players need to exercise control and restraint and re-adjust their shape to changing scenarios. Players also need to be alert to their surroundings at all times (switched on!).
  6. Predictability - Defensive movements should encourage/force the attacking team to play into certain areas of the field. Channeling play into particular well defended areas or less important areas of the field makes play predictable and increase our chances of regaining possession or decreases goal scoring threats.

Diagram 1 - Delay

Diagram 2 - Depth (Support)

Diagram 3 - Concentration/Compactness

Diagram 4 - Balance

Diagram 5 - Discipline/patience

Defending Sessions

Playing Out the Back with Neutral Full B…

Playing out the back exercise with progressive difficulty. Foundational level activity to build good supporting angles and incorporate strategies to build possession out from the defensive third of the field...

23-03-2018 Hits:11612 Playing Out from the Back SSGs Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Playing Out the Back with Transition SSG

Develop Playing Out the Back in zones with transition built into the exercise. Coach shape and movements necessary to build out fro the back and circulate the football through the...

27-12-2015 Hits:10956 Playing Out from the Back SSGs Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Playing Out the Back SSG

Coach Playing out from the Back and building possession through the 3rds. Based on a possession style of football. Passing into the midfield. This exercise has several progressions that develop...

19-02-2015 Hits:12639 Playing Out from the Back SSGs Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Compact Defending

Coach team how to compact the field and prevent opportunities to penetrate. Reduce the space between lines as an 11 man unit and learn how to slide and shift to...

13-03-2014 Hits:14488 Defending 11vs11 Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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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:21084 Defending Functional Drills Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Deep Defending to Counter Attack

Coach understanding when to counter-attack on a large scale small sided game. Coach how to counter-attack in different ways and also how to regain possession in your own half. Strategies...

10-02-2014 Hits:14089 Compact Defending Games Alexander Trukan - avatar Alexander Trukan

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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:13273 Defending Functional Drills Alexander Trukan - avatar Alexander Trukan

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Recovery Runs from Midfield SSG

Defending recovery runs small sided game with sectioned area to determine clear defending runs for players. Coach where to make recovery runs for various positions (In particular Midfield players) and make...

29-11-2012 Hits:16825 Compact Defending Games Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Prevent Forward Play (11vs11)

Developing a team’s ability to prevent forward play. Develop full team defending technique and also individual defending technique. ...

14-12-2011 Hits:20034 Defending 11vs11 Heinz
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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:32888 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:24475 Defending Functional Drills TonyDeers - avatar TonyDeers

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Recovery Runs SSG (8vs8)

Defending transition exercise designed to develop the recovery runs of players on a loss of possession. Coach where to make recovery runs for various positions, roles and responsibilities. Coach compactness in...

02-12-2011 Hits:22237 Compact Defending Games Heinz
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Line of Confrontation SSG (8vs8)

Defending confrontation line and understanding its application in a small sided game. Coach a team to pressure (press) based on a line of confrontation. ...

01-12-2011 Hits:10685 Pressing SSGs Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Zonal Defending (Small Group)

Developing the principles for zonal defending and 2vs2 defending technique. Small sided game to train defending in small groups. ...

16-08-2011 Hits:21870 Small Group Defending - Level 2 Heinz
Fractz - avatar Heinz Fractz

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Prevent Forward Play (4vs2)

Develop defending technique as an individual. Develop defending in a small group (pairs) and a basic understanding of defending in a small group. ...

17-07-2011 Hits:19072 Small Group Defending - Level 2 Heinz
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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:40143 Defending Functional Drills Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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1vs1 Defending (Central)

Defending priorities in and around the 18yrd area. Focusing on preventing goal scoring opportunities and small group defending techniques. 1vs1 defending technique. ...

10-05-2011 Hits:18263 1vs1 Defending - Level 2 Ray
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High Pressure Defending 8vs8

Defending with high pressure and working with to initiate a high press from the front of the field in order to attempt to win the ball back quickly. This small sided...

29-04-2011 Hits:29254 Pressing SSGs 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:29288 Defending Functional Drills Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Coach Developing Play from the Back 3

Developing playing out of the back (building out of the back) in a small sided game. Progressing to playing into and through midfield areas to target goals. Foundational game for...

26-03-2011 Hits:25761 Playing Out from the Back SSGs 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:28722 Defending Functional Drills Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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1vs1 Flank Defending

1vs1 defending functional exercise where individual defending technique should be emphasized and trained. ...

10-08-2010 Hits:17552 1vs1 Defending - Level 2 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:42643 Defending Functional Drills Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Total Defending and Tracking Back

Drill Objective(s) To train the ability defend and track forward runs. To train the ability of the attackers to make positive forward runs. Develop individual and small group defending. Drill No: SSG16 Age: 12-Adult No. Players: 16 Area/Pitch: 30x25yrds Difficulty: Medium Time: 20mins Standard ViewDiagram...

16-12-2008 Hits:23056 Compact Defending Games Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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Super 8's with Offside

Small sided game that focuses on the usage of the offside line to create opportunities to catch attacking teams offside and conversely for the attacking team to penetrate a high...

16-12-2008 Hits:25276 Compact Defending Games 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:39414 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:49127 Defending Functional Drills Darren Pitfield - avatar Darren Pitfield

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