Defensive Shape and Patience

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Todays featured activity works on defensive shape and patience

Start with a keeper in goal, a back 4 and 2 center mids (this is assuming you play with a back 4, if you play with 3 in back, set up accordingly). The attacking team has 2 forwards and 3 midfielders to start.


The three attacking midfielders pass the ball around and try to penetrate with a pass, dribble or shot. The defending group moves accordingly.


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The defending team doesn’t try to win the ball but if it’s played to them they can win it. Their real objective is to be patient and stymie the attack.

Next add 2 more attacking players


The exact same thing is done but now there are more attacking players for the defending team to deal with. If they stay compact and communicated properly this shouldn’t cause much more difficulty.

Gradually add more attackers until it’s 10 v 7. Even with these numbers, if the defenders are patient and do their jobs properly they should be able to handle these situations properly.

Have a great day!


By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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