Coaching soccer skills – Defending
Watch a video on soccer coaching skills to improve defending: See an interactive, 3D animated drill on coaching soccer skills for pressure and cover when defending: There is also a printable coaches chalkboard session, all designed to assist a soccer coach with developing the soccer skills required for effective defending in 2 v 2 situations.
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Coaching soccer skills and techniques for defending
Defending in soccer is hard work. It requires concentration, communication, patience, controlled aggression, individual, unit and team understanding and co - operation, responsibility, discipline and the soccer skill of reading and anticipating dangerous situations. Not easy for young players to immediately grasp and understand!
Soccer coaching sessions that enable players to practice and understand these key soccer skills for defending will greatly help your players to improve their soccer defending skills.
Soccer coaching sessions designed to focus on these defending soccer skills should start with a series of progressive practice drills that will test and improve players individual soccer skills for defending and progress to working on the soccer skills needed for working in units of twos and threes that are specific to relevant areas of the pitch the players will need with their soccer skills to improve their technique and understanding of defending. In a game, defending starts from the front, so forwards will need to understand and improve their soccer skills on how to defend against the opposition defence when they are in possession. Do they need to pressure or make it difficult for the opposition to play the ball forward centrally? How they can recover to help the defensive team shape and how they can defend from the front when the ball is passed beyond them. If the opposition by pass the forwards, the midfield players will need to work on specific defending soccer skills needed for their position. For example, when to pressure, when to make play predictable, tracking runs and shielding and marking. Defenders will need a lot more coaching on improving and developing their soccer skills for defending, both as individuals in 1 v 1 situations, in 2 v 2 scenarios on pressuring and covering, when to mark when to drop and how to react and work as units in key defensive areas of the pitch.
Coaching soccer skills tips for 1 v 1 defending
This coaching soccer skill video for defending 2 v 2 will help you coach, understand and structure a soccer skill drill for effective defending in a 2 v 2 situation.
See animated drill
Taken from our members' area of defending, this is an interactive, 3D animated drill on soccer skills for effective defending called "2 v 2 defending"
Coaches chalkboard session
All members have access to our planning and design software called "Coaches Chalkboard" Click on to access a soccer skills session on defending 2 v 2 you can print out and take to training.