Man Marking in Midfield

By Stevie Grieve One of the main benefits of playing with a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 is that you can have a high level of flexibility using the 5 players in the midfield. We regularly see teams who like to press … Continue reading

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High Pressure Defending

By Stevie Grieve. Bayern Munich are right now arguably the best team in Europe, and although they regularly enjoy over 60% possession in matches, they need to ensure that they don’t leave the back door open and conceded goals in … Continue reading

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Top Speed Tackling Drill

By Keith Scarlett This activity works on 1v1 attacking and defending in close quarters, 1st touch, intensity and to see who is willing to get stuck in on tackles. The exercise is done at top-speed, is a quick moving exercise … Continue reading

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Small-Sided Game For Defending

By Keith Scarlett This activity works on 1v1 defending, pressure, cover, recovery and defensive communication. When moving up the pitch to attack the opposition’s goal, losing possessing can lead to a counter-attack. This technical training activity is designed to help … Continue reading

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If In Doubt, Kick It Out?

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible. A long time rule of thumb for soccer in the defensive part of the field has been “If in doubt, kick it out”. The logic for this rule of thumb is when … Continue reading

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Defending – Pressing and Covering

By Stevie Grieve, Author of Modern Soccer Tactics and Winning Soccer Tactics. This is a sneak peek at our soon to be released book, “Coaching the 4-2-3-1″.  Watch for our email newsletters and Facebook page for more info. Place 3 … Continue reading

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