Defensive Pressure and Attacking Speed

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on  defensive pressure and attacking at speed.

Start with a 30 x 20 grid, 3 attackers, and 2 defenders. There is a group of balls on the end line the attackers are starting on.


One of the attackers starts with a ball and as soon as he touches the ball the defenders sprint out to meet the attackers.


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The attackers are trying to get the ball across the far end line (where the defenders started) and the defenders are trying to slow down the attack and, if possible, win the ball.

If the ball goes out of play, or the defenders win the ball, the play is over and the attackers must sprint back and get another ball from their starting point (before they can start back up, all 3 attackers must be on the end line).

If the attackers can cross the opposite end line with the ball in their possession, they get a point and then sprint back and start again.

This goes on for 2 continuous minutes and then there is a break as players change roles and begin again.

Done properly, and with enough balls, this is a very intense, fast moving activity that encourages attackers to go at full speed, defenders to work hard not to be split and everyone to get better.

Have a great day!


By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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