Defending and Clearing.

  • Organisation

    3 Goals. 2 CDMs Vs Defence. Football. Limit of how far Def can go forward.


  • Process

    Back four defend against 2 CDMs. Aim for CDM - to play football against a restricted back 4 and score. Aim for Def - to tackle, and clear long into the corners (goals).

  • Tip

    Clear Long Ball from defense!


Ballskill (Touch on the ball), Passing, Trapping, Ball control

Shot technique/shooting [Inside of the laces passing]


Positional passing


Speed of movement off the ball


Coordination & Speed Training, Quick understanding of danger, Quick decisioning

Training Set:

Main point/Emphasis, End, Progression


Training examples, Game Systems


Any, U14 - U19

U6 - U13 [Under 13, Under 12, Under 11, Under 10, Under 09]


45 min

Number of Players:

1 - 5 players [3 players, 4 players, 5 players]

6 - 9 players [6 players]

> 10 players [13 or more playersr]

Form of Training:

Team training, Individual training, Group training

Participating Players:

Whole team


1 goalie


Alone training, Groups

Skill Level:

Beginner, Advanced, Professional, Any

Spatial Behavior:

Limited playing field, Free space, Half-field

Training Location:

Asphalt, Turf field, Grass field, Indoor

Author: Chris Vose

Similar exercises - Training set:

Progression, Main point/Emphasis, End

Back four - Right sided central defender safeguarding after a deep pass through the point where the players meet
Box Passing Variation III
Alternative warming up routine - running in chains

Similar exercises - Duration:

45 Mins

Four zones distance game
Half Field Attaching Work
Four-zones distance game