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Defending – individual, unit and team

by Mick McCarthy in Defending

This session is a straight competition between defenders and attackers. It takes the principles of defending as individuals, in units and as a team, whilst also encouraging forwards and midfielders to engage, thus making it as realistic as possible for defenders. MORE

Defending 1v1

by Aidy Boothroyd in Defending

If players can take the ball off their opponent anywhere on the pitch, the team is better equipped to deal with an attacking overload, so get your players mastering the art of 1v1 defending. MORE

2v2s with recovery runs

by Wally Downes in Skills and Techniques

This 2v2 exercise focuses on players making recovery runs, then being positive in both attacking and defending situations. It’s a great session to run during the week if we are looking to work players hard, or in pre-season when building up fitness. MORE

Attacking philosophy

by Dougie Freedman in Attacking

This session is designed to replicate our shape in a game, and to give players an idea of our passing and player movement in different areas of the pitch. Rehearsing this sort of movement is vital if players are to gain an understanding of team mechanics, since this mode of attacking play will be replicated... MORE

Improving defending

by David Moyes in Defending

This session is all about establishing and improving defensive principles. It is essential that players know how to defend in all situations: in 1v1s, as a defensive unit, and as a team. MORE

Decisive defending

by Roberto Mancini in Defending

Use this exclusive session to focus on showing the opposition outside from the front, incorporating solid formation play and effective covering of team mates. The emphasis is always on getting the ball to the relative safety of the wing. MORE

Defending as individuals and pairs

by Steve Bruce in Defending

We often think of the defence as a unit comprising four or more players, but it’s common for one or two defenders to find themselves in situations where they are exposed to an overload of attackers. This session is one where concentration and communication are absolutely essential. MORE


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