Shield the ball soccer drill

In this fun soccer coaching drill, the players with a ball must shield and defend for their life while the defender competes to win possession of the ball.

The different sizes and strengths of your players ensure each physical battle is different and a good learning opportunity for defending skills.

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Player movement bar

Soccer drill set up

  1. One player is nominated as the defender. The other players go around the outside of the area and place their ball onto a cone.

  2. The defender must try and knock a ball off one of the players' cones while the players use their bodies to shield and protect the ball.
  3. If the defender is successful in knocking the ball away, then the roles are reversed with the player now becoming the new defender.

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