In the video clip below Tony Massie, a Celtic Soccer Academy coach, leads his 1 v 1 and 2 v 2 drills as part of his Defending as an Individual and in Pairs demonstration at a Glazier Soccer Clinic. Coach Massie is an experienced coach in youth and academy soccer with his current role as the International Soccer Academy Manager for Celtic Football Club.
This drill is set up with four small fields next to each other that are approximately 20 yards x 10 yards for the 1 v 1 attacking and defending. Coach Massie has small goals on two of the fields and uses cone goals for the other two fields. Players are set up on each end of the fields with one offensive player going against one defensive player. Once a goal is scored or the ball goes out of bounds, a new group of players step on to keep the drill going. After practicing 1 v 1 for several minutes, the drill progresses to 2 v 2 attacking and defending. The four small fields are combined together to make two larger fields where the attacking players can attack two small goals with the defensive players defending these two goals.
Coach Massie makes several coaching points during these drills:
- Quick pressure
Defensive players need to focus on quick pressure and getting out quickly to defend the ball and player. There should be no walking or jogging out on defense. Players need to sprint and then start checking their run as they get closer so the offensive player does not dribble right around them. This pressure forces offensive players to have to go further with the ball, which allows for more mistakes or opportunities for the defender to win the ball.
- Smart defense
Coach Massie talks to the players about being smart defensively. As a defender, you should be forcing the offensive player to use their weak foot when possible. It doesn’t make sense to allow offensive players to dribble with their strong foot where they can most likely go faster and are more confident.
- Counter Attacking
The defensive players are important and play a role in these drills. They should be encouraged to counter attack the other goals once they win the ball. Your players need to learn to transition quickly from defense to offense, which will make your team much more dangerous and effective during a game.
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