Inexperienced defenders rush to the opposition to recover the ball. This is a particularly dangerous move during a counterattack. The drill in this post will help your team to coordinate defensive efforts when defending outnumbered.
This drill requires half of an actual football pitch, 2 small goals and 10 cones to mark the field and the central box, as shown in the picture below. You will need 6 attacking players and 3 defenders.
In the picture, red players are defending and blue attacking. Red players can move everywhere in the field while the blue team is distributed, 3 in their defensive zone, 1 in the central box, 2 in their attacking half.
Two small goals are provided to create a more competitive situation and motivate the red team to move from defence into attack in an orderly fashion instead of simply kicking the ball out of danger. Furthermore, because the red team can also score, it forces the blue team to pressure the red players to recover the ball.
In addition to the usual football rules, follow these basic instructions:
This drill is very demanding on the defending players. Therefore, play this game for 15 minutes and rotate the defenders every 5 minutes.
This exercise focuses on coordinating efforts when outnumbered. However, this game also covers other aspects:
I hope you find this drill useful. If you like this post, please share it with your friends. If you know other exercises or have any questions, leave a comment below.
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