|D5. DEFENDING – 2nd and 3rd Defender||1hr 45min|
|Quote of the Session: “Good players practice till’ they get it right… great players practice till’ they never get it wrong.”Anonymous|
|Warm Up/Agility||10 mins|
|Small Sided Game||15 mins|
|3 v 3 + 3, 2 GK Defending|
| Coaching Points
|2v2 Defending (Tight & Loose Marking)|
The play begins when the Goalkeeper throws the ball to one of the white players by the side of the opposite goal. That player and a second teammate try to combine and score against that Goalkeeper. As the ball is traveling from the Goalkeeper’s throw two red players close down their opponents and try to prevent the white players from scoring. If they win the ball they may try and score in the white team’s goal. When a goal is scored or the ball goes out of play the exercise restarts with the other Goalkeeper throwing the ball to the next two reds in line and the next two white players have to defend. This process continues in both directions.
|1st, 2nd and 3rd Defenders Working Together – Progression 2|
|The last step in this defensive progression requires a field set up like the diagram on tge right.
||Since they are allowed to score in any of the three goals, it requires quick shifting and support. All three players have to defend all three goals so the shifting must be done in unison and quite quickly. The neat thing about all of these drills is that while they are working on defensive positioning, they also work on so many other things such as conditioning and offensive spacing. The next step in this progression is to remove the 3 goals on each end line. Now the rule is that a goal can be scored anywhere on the end line with the one requirement being that the ball must be stopped on the end line by the offensive team in order for the goal to be counted. By expanding the area that the defense has to protect, it forces them to concentrate on getting behind the ball (or get scored upon). You can revert to the rule from an earlier drill and if a team scores a goal, they retain possession of the ball and now attack the other end line.|
|The last step in this progression is to add two, full-sized goals and keepers and simply play soccer with the emphasis on getting behind the ball. By reminding the players how each of these drills tie together, they should be able to concentrate on getting behind the ball and maintaining proper defensive shape.|
|Small Sided Game||30 mins|
||Regular play with minimal coach intervention.|