Soccer drills for defense


Create a team red and a team blue.
Team red plays his teammate across the width of the field. Red leaves with the ball and at the moment of taking over the ball blue is allowed to defend.

Goal: to improve the defending of a one on one situation.
Dimensions: length 30/35 meters and width: 10/15 meters.

Rules of play:
  • Both teams can score on a big goal.
  • At a goal, off-ball or corner kick, switch teams.
  • After a while, the teams change positions.
Players start in 2 groups each at a diagonally opposite corner.
On signal they start the exercise.
  • As fast as possible over the hurdles, around the cone and duel 1v1. Trainer kicks ball into the field, sometimes with advantage or not.
  • Maximum of 20 seconds per duel.


2 attackers against 3 defenders and goalkeeper.
In other group size 3 against 4 or 2 against 1 and so on.
Goal: The goal of the assignment is to have the goalkeeper play the ball into one of the 3 defenders.

  • The ball starts with the 2 attackers. They play the ball deep to the goalkeeper to have a realistic start.
  • The goalkeeper can catch the ball, take it and so on.
  • The three defenders must constantly be on the ball.
  • The goalkeeper tries to get the ball to one of the three defenders
  • The attackers' task is to block as early as possible to make the build-up by the defenders difficult.
  • The task of the defenders is to get the ball over the line by means of play/construction, then again from the start.
When the 2 attackers capture the ball, start again.

  1. Blue plays to red
  2. Red rebounds to blue
  3. Blue makes a long pass to White
  4. White finishes on goal
  5. You move 1 pylon further every time
Rules of play:
  • Pre-action & asking for the ball
  • Finish in a running position and do not stop the ball
  1. Blue plays to Red
  2. Red rebounds to Blue
  3. Blue makes a long pass to White
  4. White finishes on goal
  5. You move 1 pylon further every time
Rules of play:
  • Pre-action & asking for the ball
  • Finish in a running position and do not stop the ball
Extra additions:
  • A defender with White
  • Instead of Red bouncing Red turns open
  • You have two teams. Team with vests and team without vests
  • The intention is to play a position game
  • Ask for the ball
  • Keep moving (also without the ball)
  • Insight into teammates
Extra additions:
  • After 5x passes you can score
  • After 5x passes you have a point
  • Touch the ball 2x or 3x at most


In a square field dribble and defend:
  • One person tries to steal the ball from the other
  • The others try to reach the other side
  • The last one left wins!
  • 4 jars
  • One ball per person, except defenders
Field 25m on 15m, 4 against 4

  • Red team tries to score by stopping the ball in the blue zone. Blue just the other way around.
  • Especially coach to close alleys and defend small, can also be done with 3-2 or 3-4.


Many goalkeepers have great difficulty setting up a wall correctly Often the situation is hectic and no agreements have been made beforehand about how to set up the wall. It is of the utmost importance that you do this and that you remain calm when facing a dangerous free kick. Here are some agreements that you, as the goalkeeper, should make with your defenders

1) You have an agreement with one of the players that he, together with you, will place the wall. He/She is the player on the outside of the wall. This player stands on the side of the short corner.

This player stands 9 metres from the ball and turns round to face you. You are standing against the inside post at the short corner. You therefore have eye contact and use hand movements to guide him/her to the left or right We call this player the beacon. The marker turns back to face the ball when you indicate that he is facing the right way. The other players close up against the beacon.

2) In the wall, place your longest people in the middle of the wall. It is often the case that a curled ball is placed over the middle of the wall in the cross. So by putting the longest players in the middle it becomes more difficult for the opposing team to curl over the wall.

3) The number of players you put in the wall depends on how far the free kick is from your goal. You can use the following rule:

  • Distance 16 to 18 metres: 6 defenders (this free kick is not so dangerous. Over the wall is almost impossible because the distance is too short, so there is a good chance that the defender will try to shoot into the long corner. Concentrate on the long corner)
  • Distance 19 - 22 metres: 5 defenders (this is the most dangerous free kick, as it can go both into the short and long corners)
  • Distance 22 - 28 metres: 3 defenders
  • Distance more than 28 metres: no wall
4) For an indirect free kick, the outside player runs out and tries to block the ball. This player is not the beacon but the player who covers the long corner.

5) Jumping from the wall is only allowed for free kicks from 19 to 22 meter. At these free kicks the risk of a curled ball is the biggest. Make sure they don't jump too high, because then there is a risk they will shoot under the wall and you won't have a chance. It is therefore no more than a hop that the wall can make.

6) The wall will always remain closed. The players in the wall are not allowed to turn their backs to the ball Therefore, it is preferable that they stand on one side of the body with their arms together and remain standing until the free kick is taken. In this way, the wall remains closed and the players cannot turn.

7) Speak to the defenders, who are not in the wall, that they will walk with the ball back to your goal. This will enable them to clear any loose balls.

8) You are never in the middle of the goal* At a free kick, you stand towards the long corner, about 1/3 of the way. Furthermore, you stand behind the line, you can make the rule that the tip of the shoe touches the line This will increase your reaction time and give you a better chance of stopping the ball going past the wall. Furthermore, you are standing on your front feet.

The further away the free kick is from the centre, the closer you will be to the centre of the goal


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