Coaching Football – Defending Principles
On this page you can watch a football coaching video on defending principles: Access an animated 3D football coaching drill on defending principles: Print out a chalkboard youth football coaching session and a download a PDF, all designed to help football coaches improve their skill of coaching football players in defending principles.
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Football Coaching – Defending Principles
When coaching football, a coach should look to establish the principles of defending when the team lose possession.
The coach should be looking for a reaction from their players when the ball is lost. In this key transition period, the players should quickly look to get compact as a team, to get a defensive shape; to get players behind the ball, to compact centrally to deny space in central areas; to quickly get as many players behind the ball as possible and to finally and most importantly to defend their goal.
When coaching football, applying this basic defensive principle will enable your players to have a solid defensive platform from which they can then make defensive decisions, such as making attacking play predictable, by deflecting play away from the goal; whether to apply pressure, what kind of pressure, the cover and balance of supporting defending players and communication between the defensive players.
Football coaches should also look to help players to understand the different defensive needs depending on how many defensive players are matched against attacking players, when and how to pressure and cover and the need to recognise when the attacking team have a numerical advantage and the different roles of the defenders when this happens. Players will also need their football coach to help them to understand how to make it difficult for players to turn with the ball, to deal with high balls and crosses, the need to move and adjust defensively as individuals and as a team when the attackers move the ball and how to react defensively when the goal is under a direct threat.
The following are considered the key technical football coaching factors to improve defending when organised and matched up numerically:
Tips for coaching football players to improve basic defending principles
Watch the video to understand and structure drills on coaching youth football players on defending principles.
See animated drill
This is a 3D animated football coaching drill taken from the Defending area of the site. The title is Small sided games – "Delay and Recovery when defending"