Soccer drill for attacking and defending

This simple soccer (football) drill forces players to react to the two most frequent defending and attacking situations.

Soccer drill set up

  1. The goalkeeper passes to player 1 who attacks 1v1 against player 3.

  2. Straight after this attack, the coach passes to player 3.
  3. Player 2 must now run out and stop player 3 from turning to shoot.

For the next attack, player 1 becomes player 2 and player 2 becomes player 3.

Soccer drill to get players attacking and defending
Player movement and ball movement direction bar

Encourage your players by calling out:

  • "Pressure!"

  • "Force away from goal!"
  • "Stop the turn!"

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