Defensive Transition and Shape

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on defensive transition and shape.

Start with two attacking players at midfield with a ball.  Two defending players are out by the sidelines and a keeper is in goal

The attacking players pass the ball back and forth.

When the coach calls “go” the two attackers try to get to goal.  The defenders sprint into position and it will depend upon where the ball is which defender becomes the first defender and which becomes the second defender.

You also can do this with 4 attackers and 4 defenders or 4 attackers and 4 defenders.  The key is to get the players accustomed to transitioning to good defensive positions and communicating with each other (and with the keeper) to make sure proper pressure, coverage and balance is provided.

Have a great day!


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