This defensive soccer drill takes place in a 20 x 20-yard area and can be increased in size with age increases, no bigger than 30 x 30 yards.
Four players to keep possession on the outside of the square with two Floaters on either end & 1-2 placed centrally, with four Yellows central trying to regain possession. When possession is regained Yellows move outside, and Blues become central defending players.
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Key Coaching Points
Players love this possession practice, yet must be disciplined to ensure the practice runs smoothly. Once possession is lost, there is no immediate regain, players must get to the inside, and regain team must move outside before possession is contested.
SPACE | Ensure practice area is appropriate for age group, may need to add 5 yards outside the zone for younger players
TIME | Players have 2 seconds in transition to get inside and outside, change groups every 2-3 minutes, and go through groups twice.
EQUIPMENT | Need to have a supply of balls with transition regular. 2/3 sets of bibs (4) and flat discs to ensure minimum disruption to the session. Ability to finish chances.
PLAYER | May want to designate Floater players as those identified as needing to improve in possession. Be creative with numbers 5 v 5 + 2 Floaters.
Passing | Movement To Receive | Body shape | Defensive Compactness | Press Decision.
Progression 1 | 4 In - 4 Out
Once defenders have gained possession, they now become outside players and switch play.
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When should I press or drop as a defender?
The decision of whether to drop or press as a defender in football depends on a number of factors, including the position of the ball, the position and movement of the attacking players, and the overall tactical approach of the team. Here are a few things to consider when deciding whether to drop or press as a defender:
Position of the ball: If the ball is closer to the defender's own goal, it may be more appropriate to drop and defend deeper, as this allows the defender to cover more ground and make it more difficult for the opposing team to penetrate the defence. On the other hand, if the ball is farther away from the defender's own goal, it may be more appropriate to press and attempt to win the ball higher up the field.
Position and movement of the attacking players: If the attacking players are positioned behind the defender, it may be more appropriate to drop and defend deeper. However, if the attacking players are positioned in front of the defender, it may be more appropriate to press and attempt to win the ball. It's also important to consider the movement of the attacking players, as this can give clues as to their intentions and help the defender anticipate their next move.
Tactical approach of the team: The tactical approach of the team can also influence the decision of whether to drop or press. For example, if the team is using a high press as part of its defensive strategy