Defending Centrally

Higham Town F.C. Coaching Resources

Session Details

  • Players
  • 8 or more
  • Duration
  • 10 – 15 minutes
  • Area Size
  • 25m / 25m


4 v 4 in the middle with a goalkeeper and three servers. The blue team have to try and score while the read team have to prevent them from scoring and win the ball.  If they win it then they must play to the servers to score.

Key Points

  • Centre mids and centre backs either both push up or both drop back.  If there i pressure on the ball then the centre backs can step up (ball can’t be played over the top), if there is no pressure then step back (ball can be played over the top).
  • Centre mids prevent ball through to strikers while marking their players.
  • Centre banks stood side on ready to drop or step up.
  • Communication
  • Defensive triangle (defender can see the ball and the other player)

Next Session

Defending from the front (2 Strikers / High Pressure)