Continuation for my posts about training drills for the different team positions, this time I will write about defending players. This past week we played the guys who all work at a home renovation company in Dayton, Ohio. Although they don’t score goals, they are as important for the team as the goal scorers. They too have got to be well prepared with effective techniques. The techniques in the previous post about attacking players can also be useful as there will always be attacking and defending players but here are more specialized drills for you great defenders:
#1 – Running Boost
One attacking player and one defending player stand on the midline. On the first whistle, the attack player dribbles the ball at maximum speed towards the goal. Once he is well ahead, the second whistle is blown and the defending player runs trying to release the ball from the attacking player.
#2 – Defenders Circle
Divide the team into attackers and defenders. Attackers stand in a circle defined by cones and every one of them holds a ball. Defenders stand inside the circle. Attackers should keep the ball from defenders and whenever a defender takes a ball from an attacker he turns into an attacker standing at the side of the circle and the attacker becomes a defender. You can increase the chill by increasing the number of defending players. This is good for fast changing roles.
#3 – 3 to 1 Defending
Make a square grid placing 3 attackers inside it. Defenders stand in line outside the grid each holding a ball. When defender in in turn, he passes the ball to the attackers and enters the grid. Defenders try to make as many passes as possible until the defender blocks the ball. Then the turn of the next player comes. It is a very useful technique.
In the end, building strong defense means building a strong team. Learn to play under pressure as this is the most important part of being a good defensive player.