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Defensive Soccer Drills for Perfect Body Positioning

Of the three parts in the context of building the game: defense, transition and attack – the part of the defence has the highest priority when it comes to creating a balance in the team.

In soccer, learning to defend is typically much easier than learning to attack. This is because the defenders primary job is to simply reject the attacker. Even if the defender doesn’t gain possession of the ball, by ejecting the attacker will allow the defenders support to close down the loose ball or cause the ball to go out of play.

When defending 1v1 in soccer it is very important to focus on the following key elements:

  1. Staggered stance with toes at a 40 degree angle.
  2. Bent knees with weight on the balls of the feet.
  3. Chest leaning over the toes.
  4. Low center of gravity for higher explosion/fast change of direction.
  5. Ability to shuffle rapidly.
  6. Pay attention to the distance of pressure (depends on speed of attacker vs. the speed of the defender) usually 1-3 yards

So even at top level, defenders get body position wrong. We recomend these defensive soccer drills to correct yours.

In this drill we have English – Swedish model with four defenders in a wide line, where each defensive player keeps one opponent in his zone.


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