To develop a team’s ability to defend effectively by:
Shaping’ a medium-high press and forcing play one way.
Being set up to win the ball on the second line of pressure.
Improving individuals’ defending detail in 1v1 situations.
PART 1: POSSESSION TRANSFER PRACTICE
This practice requires a minimum of 16 outfield players. Three teams of four combine to retain possession while a further team of four defends.
The practice is set up so quick transitions from one phase of play to another must take place by both the in and out-of-possession players.
PART 2: TRANSITION-BASED RONDO
In this practice, 18 outfield players are split into three teams of six. In 6v2 possession situations, the in-possession team must attempt to transfer the ball from one end of a grid to another.
Should they lose possession, the focus turns toward their ability to react quickly to a loss of possession as they become the defensive team.