Defenders work with a partner to prevent passes through their area.

Drill Setup

  • Create a 7 yard by 7 yard square with cones.

How it Works

  1. 4 attackers around the outside of the square. Two defenders in the square.
  2. Attackers try to pass the ball around the outside of a square and then through it – splitting the defenders with their pass when possible.

Coaching Tips

  • In this drill it’s important for defenders to learn that the one closest to the ball pressures it and the other defender provides cover.
  • Defenders need to work together and maintain their shape to avoid getting split by a pass.