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SESSION: 1v1 emergency defending

    Sam Griffiths, FA regional coach mentor officer, delivers a coaching practice focusing on emergency defending with a group of grassroots players.

    Key objectives

    Players will develop their understanding of:

    • sliding, blocking and intercepting the ball to defend the goal
    • 1v1 defending skills:
      • forcing the attacker onto their weaker side
      • when to win the ball and when to drop and delay 
      • the relationship between the goalkeeper and defender.

    1v1 emergency defending

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    QUESTIONS

    After you have watched this session, ask yourself the following questions:

    • How would you adapt or tweak the practice to make it appropriate to your own players?
    • What additional challenges could you set to make the practice easier or harder for individuals or your group?

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