Defensive Game for Soccer

Try this soccer defensive game at your next practice. Attacking players must score by passing through the central box, while the defender tries to prevent that.

Soccer defending game

Preparation:
- Set up this defensive game by having circle of attacking players, playing keep away from 1 defender.
- Mark out a small box in the middle of the circle.

Execution:
- Attackers play keep away from the defender.
- Attackers try to make a successful pass through the central box to get a point.
- Defender tries to win the ball, and prevent the cross circle pass.
- Defender cannot enter the box to block passes.

Quality:
- Attackers should make a few short passes to drag the defender in, and then look to make the cross circle pass when the opportunity presents itself (players should not force that pass).
- Attackers should all be on their toes, not flat footed prepared for any pass.
- Attackers should communicate for the passes.
- Remember, encourage successes!

Progression:
- Add a second defender, slightly increasing the size of the circle.

Total time estimated:
- 5-7 minutes for this defensive game for soccer.

Good luck!




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