Defensive pressure on the ball – 1. INTRO
A warm up where the players on the ball dribbles taking touches alternating between both feet and using all parts of the foot going at a steady pace. The defender travels with them, keeping a good body shape, twisting to always stay in a ‘jockying’ position and keeping the eye on the ball when checking the should from time to time to see what’s behind them. Defender should aim to stay close enough to the ball that if in a game there was a bad touch they could win it but also not too close that a big touch would take them out the game.
Swap roles when you get to the other side of the pitch and repeat a couple of times
When doing the drill the coach at some point shouts ‘TURN’ the attacker turns to try and get back to the line they started at (turning back is a trigger for defender to press more aggressively) the defender chases to try and win the ball and stop the attacker getting back to the line. Next progression is to say if the attacker is able to turn again and get to the line they were originally going for (obviously turning the defender in the proccess then it’s 2 points) Defender should press the attacker with their back turned forcing them back to the line they started from but careful not to over commit so the attacker can turn again and drive what would essentially be forward in a game
THE FOUR CORNERSTechnical/Tactical: