Defending from the Front

SET UP
  1. 6v6, two teams both set up in a 2-1-2 formation with one goalkeeper, two defenders, one midfielder and two forwards.

  2. 60×40 Yard Pitch. The ball starts with the red team after every restart (ie if the ball goes out for a goal kick, corner or throw in). The red team will be your focus for the session. 

SET UP
  1. Ball starts with the GK. The yellow team sit in position and the red team push up to man mark them individually.

EXECUTION
  • Attacker 1 should move to close down defender 1 and apply pressure. Attacker 1’s mindset should be to close off the defenders route down the line and instead force them into either dribbling inside or passing back to the goalkeeper/defender 2.

    Defender 1 then passes the ball to defender 2.

    Attacker 1 should shuffle across to screen any possible pass from defender 2 into the midfield whilst attacker 2 now moves in to close down defender 2 and apply the same priniciples as what attacker 1 did with with defender 1.

SET UP
  1. The goalkeeper rolls or passes the ball to defender 1. 

  2. Defender 1 then passes the ball to Defender 2.

EXECUTION
  • Red CM should move intowards yellow CM as the ball arrives at their feet but should be careful not to get too close incase yellow CM has the ability to turn them quickly.

  • Red CM applys pressure and makes sure that there is no route forwards for yellow CM. They should be forcing them to have to play backwards and facing their own goal. If there is a sign of a loose touch this is when red CM can pounce and win the ball.

  • Smart pressing is key.

SET UP
  1. The goalkeeper rolls or passes the ball at pace to the CM.

EXECUTION
  • CB1 should read the siutation closely as the ball gets to ST1. They do not want to press too closely incase ST1 is clever and flicks the ball round the corner or turns them. Instead they should apply pressure and only get tight if ST1 takes a loose touch.

  • If ST1 gets the ball under control early and well that is when CB1 should take a step back and allow for more support in order to take themselves out of a 1v1 situation.

  • CM should drop back to fill the gap between the two CB’s an effectively create a back 3 for a 3v2 overload.

  • This is the final phase of the session. After this, if you are satisfied your players understood each role you can either switch and begin coaching the yellow team or just head into a normal 6v6 game whilst contuining to make improvements to your players ability to defend from the front

SET UP
  1. The goalkeeper plays a long throw or pass into ST1.