Pressure/Cover Tactical Defending Soccer Game

The focus of this soccer game is to teach players recognize the first defender (closest defender to the ball) and second defenders (player covering/supporting the first defender). The drill is geared towards teaching the players how to pressure the player with the ball and proper cover positioning.

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Tactical Defending Soccer Game, Pressure Cover Balance


  1. Set up a large grid approximately 60 X 40 yards with a goal on each end lines with a keeper.
  2. Split the teams into 2 even teams


  1. Instruct the players to shout "ONE" if they are the defender closest to the player with the ball.
  2. The 2nd defender who is covering the space behind the first defender shouts "TWO" indicating they are the 2nd defender in cover position.
  3. If a player fails to shout the appropriate number, the opposing team receives a free-kick.

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Coaching Points

  • Help the players recognize when they are the 1st or 2nd defenders.

Equipment Required

  • Disc Cones
  • Scrimmage Pennies/Vests
  • Soccer Practice or Training Balls
  • Full Size Goal

Drill Target Ages

  • U9, U-9, Under 9, 9 and Under
  • U10, U-10, Under 10, 10 and Under
  • U11, U-11, Under 11, 11 and Under
  • U12, U-12, Under 12, 12 and Under
  • U13, U-13, Under 13, 13 and Under
  • U14, U-14, Under 14, 14 and Under
  • U15, U-15, Under 15, 15 and Under
  • U16, U-16, Under 16, 16 and Under

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Soccer Drill Titled: Pressure/Cover Tactical Defending Soccer Game
Tagged: Tactical Defending Soccer Game, Pressure Cover Balance
Published by: Chris Johnson
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