In this practice, UEFA A licensed coach, Dave Wright gets out on the grass with a group of Melbourne Victory U20 players. Dave sets up three stations for the players to work on 1v1 defending in groups of four.

The session is designed to recreate a turnover and get players thinking about defensive decisions, when to press and when to hold, whilst encouraging attackers to express themselves and be creative. Defenders are encouraged to work on character traits like persistence, and determination and you’ll see Dave drive home two key coaching points and allow the players a high level of repetition.

This practice can be adapted to 1v2, 2v1, 2v2 and of course the angle of the turnover and duel can be adjusted for your players.

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