Defending Phase of Play (defence and midfield)

Higham Town F.C. Coaching Resources

Session Details

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


Blues have to attack in a 2-4-formation (2 wing backs, 4 midfielders and 2 strickers) and score in the main goal. The reads (in a 4-4 formation) have to defend the main goal and attack the two other goals. Have a starting point, for example, a blue striker takes a shot and then the red goalkeeper takes a goal kick that goes to one of the blue wing backs.

Key Points

  • Pressuring and covering
  • Marking players
  • Compactness
  • Defending stand side on (on the half turn) just in case ball is played over the top
  • If there is pressure on the ball then defenders should step up (no chance of ball over the top/through) and vice versa
  • Defending line (how much the defending team is pressing)

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