Rapid Defending

Rapid Defending Soccer Activity


  • Play on a half field, with sidelines being the width of the 18yd box.
  • Split teams into three teams of 5.
  • Goalkeeper in each goal.
  • One team in the center of field, while other two teams are split on opposite halves of field.
  • Coach play a ball into one of the teams that is off the field, and they attack the team on the field.
  • If defending team wins the ball, they try and score on opposite goal.
  • If a ball goes out of bounds, or a goal is scored, coach plays to the other team that is off, and now the defending team has to turn and defend them against the opposite goal.
  • Play for 3 minutes, and then rotate the team in the center.

Coaching Points:

  • Pressure (must be immediate to delay the opponent).
  • Cover/Balance by teammates not pressuring.
  • Safety vs. Risk.
  • Employing offside when appropriate.
  • Role of Goalkeeper in helping organize the defense.
Goals Required: 
Balls Required: 
Players Required: 

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