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Training Effective Defensive Clearances

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on defensive clearances.

Because of the tremendous success of teams such as Barcelona and Spain’s national team there is a great emphasis on playing out of the back but all teams (and players) have to clear balls from time to time. Most teams don’t work on it much because it’s not a glamorous type thing to work on but too often, it’s the difference between winning and losing.

Start with a back around the 12 yard spot and servers spread out 30-40 yards out.

Start by having the servers play simple balls into the box for the back

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