Develop Great Defenders
Developing a strong defensive team starts with using challenging and effective defensive exercises. The defensive drills in this section will help players improve their defending both individually and in group situations.
Press the possession is a possession based drill where emphasis is placed on defensive pressing when the offensive team switches the ball to the other side.
1v1 pick a side is a drill where the attacking player dribbles straight ahead and then chooses one side to attack against the defender.
The through pass competition is a great way for players to find openings for through passes on offence and for players to work on closing off passing lanes on defence.
3v3 beat the last player is a simple 3v3 drill with a twist. In order to score, a team has to navigate past an additional player who is protecting the goals.
Swarm the ball carrier is an excellent drill for players to work on aggressively pressing the opposition in numbers and trying to win the ball back quickly.
The Pressing 1v1 drill is a simple one versus one drill that keeps players on their toes and places an emphasis on the defensive player to close down the attacker’s space as quickly as possible.
The Jürgen Klopp pressing warm-up is an excellent passing style warm-up that places an emphasis on defensive pressure and closing down the space quickly.
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