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FineSoccer Drill 6 - Team Defense

For the first drill in this progression, go to Team Defense 1

The last step in this defensive progression requires a field set up like the diagram below:

The end lines are 30 yards long and the side lines are 40 yards long. On each end line are three goals (each are three yards wide).

Two teams of three participate in this drill with each team attacking an end line. Since they are allowed to score in any of the three goals, it requires quick shifting and support since all three players have to defend all three goals so the shifting must be done in unison and quite quickly.

The neat thing about all of these drills is that while they are working on defensive positioning, they also work on so many other things such as conditioning and offensive spacing.

The next step in this progression is to remove the 3 goals on each end line and now the rule is that a goal can be scored anywhere on the end line with the one requirement being that the ball must be stopped on the end line by the offensive team in order for the goal to be counted. By expanding the area that the defense has to protect, it forces them to concentrate on getting behind the ball (or get scored upon). You can revert to the rule from an earlier drill and if a team scores a goal, they retain possession of the ball and now attack the other end line.

The last step in this progression is to add two full sized goals and keepers and simply play soccer with the emphasis on getting behind the ball

By reminding the players how each of these drills tie together, they should be able to concentrate on getting behind the ball and maintaining proper defensive shape.

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