Penetrating Defences | (06-P3)

Updated: Nov 10

This defending practice develops the player's ability to defend as a group against through balls, by covering passing lines & reacting to ball movement.

With 4 teams of 3 working in a 25 x 30 (depending on age group), the objective is for 3 of these teams to combine outside of a central 15 yard area, which is protected by one of the teams of 3.

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Key Coaching Points:

Compactness between 3 defenders, with quick movement to cover passing lines checking shoulders.

Player Questions:

Communication between all defenders continued checking of shoulders and continuous adjustments during the defending phase.


The defender can now press to win possession while 2 teammates cover passing lines in the central area.

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