Focus on man-to-man marking, so the attack feels like it is running into a wall of defenders. It requires good footwork and working with the other defenders to make sure there are no holes in that wall. MORE
U7 & U8: Work together as defenders
ACTIVITY: TRACK THE ATTACKERS
Tell players to:
- “Move together towards a target”
- “Tell other defenders which way to move”
1 Three attackers spread out along one of the long sides of the area and two defenders stand on the opposite side. The attackers pass a ball from side to side between themselves.
2 When you shout “go”, the ball carrier runs forward with the other two attackers. Their aim is to get the ball to the opposite side without being tagged.
3 At the same time, the defenders also run forward to try to make the tag.
4 Develop by making the box wider and adding another defender and attacker. Or make both groups start in the middle of the box, run to the ends and set up (realign) before starting the exercise.