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Player understanding is key to tactical use of a mid block – the progressions in the drill help to show how much easier it is to press and be success when the block is structured with players recognising cues and triggers to win the ball back

Coaching Objectives

  • Always know where the ball is and player they are marking
  • Position the body sideways so reaction speed is faster
  • Be on balls of feet so reaction also quicker
  • Use defensive feints to trouble the attacker and cause mistakes
  • When attacker is close eyes on ball not on player
  • Don't jump in and make it easier for the attacker
  • If beaten by the attacker's skill sprint to the goal to defend it
  • The defence must keep their lines tight and narrow so as not to get beaten.
  • It is very important that defenders win the second ball after an attacking player shoots on goal.
  • Be ready for quick transition if the ball is won

Drill Setup

  • 20 Mins
  • 16 Players
  • 2 Goals
  • 8 yellow 8 Blue Bibs
  • 20 x 32 y

What the Players Do

Create four zones 6 yards wide. Begin the practice with all players locked to zones to show how without pressing players must move to block passing routes by clever positioning. It is much harder to…