AGES 8 TO 11 FROM 7PM TO 8PM
AGES 12 TO 15 FROM 6PM TO 7PM.
Ages 8 to 11:
Defending in soccer involves a number of principles which all players should be adhered to. Soccer defending is not limited to just the defensive players and needs to be a co-ordinated attempt by the whole team to regain possession.
- Immediate Pressure on the ball. The closest player to the ball needs to apply pressure. Player nearest the ball is "the 1st Defender".
- Most of the defending team collapses into the space in front of opponent's point of attack (i.e. behind the ball).
Ages 12 to 15:
Advanced defending skill practices for older youth players and adults. Incorporating small sided football games to train defending technique/skill in opposed situations.
1vs1 defending drills for both centre backs and full backs to develop advanced defending techniques and skills.
Defending drills that focus on small group defending exercises and hold to defending in groups on specific parts of the field.