Compact Unit Defending | Skill (03-P2)

Updated: Nov 10

This possession-based soccer drill takes place in a 50 x 40 area, with 4 mini goals positioned on the corner of each baseline with 2 at each end as shown. 2 teams, with at least 4 players on each team, (no more than 8), attempt to create space to score in either of the 2 goals.

Key Coaching Points

  • Although this is a defensive practice in the main, we must ensure the attacking quality is at the level to work the defenders. Therefore, our first Interventions should be based on the standard of passing and movement in possession.

  • Slide quickly and stay with forward runners.

  • The attacking team starts to be more forceful and creative - Could develop transition on regaining possession, so that once scored, they have 3 seconds to start playing again from anywhere. this encourages ownership and constant speed of play.

  • Play Safe / Exploit player advantage

  • Individual or group challenges could be set, for example (Back 4 + MF 2 must not concede). Be creative with your progressions and tailor them to your players' needs.

See all of Coaching Theme 3:

Progression 1 | Wide Channels

  • The attacking team must have a player in each wide channel to score.

Progression 2 | Outside Floaters

  • Players can bounce off target players on the outside, 1 touch finish, defenders drop further.

Progression 3 | Central Area

  • Must get played through the central area, encouraging DFs to retract again (DF Decisions)

Player Focus

Defensive Compactness | Sliding Together | Forcing Direction | Decision To Press | Quality in Possession.

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