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Teaching Defensive Principles by Dr. Dina Gentile

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As soccer coaches know, teaching defensive principles is not an easy task. Watch as Coach Gentile reviews activities you can use to simplify teaching "D" to your youth soccer players.

As soccer coaches know, teaching defensive principles is not an easy task. Watch as Coach Gentile reviews activities you can use to simplify teaching "D" to your youth soccer players.

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  • 1. Teaching Defensive Principles Coach Dina Gentile
  • 2. How to simplify teaching “D”• Roles of defenders, what makes sense to players?• Decide on terminology and expectations.• Use many activities over multiple practices to get your point across.• Repetition creates Routine. Routine is the doorway to GOOD HABITS!
  • 3. POSITIONING• Players need to be in an athletic stance, on their toes versus on the heels of their feet.• Players need to be patient on defense as to not over run the ball. The offensive player can just tap the ball away if the defensive player approaches too quickly.• Forcing to a direction, it is almost like sheparding herd to one spot on the field.
  • 4. EXPECTATIONS 1 (pressure) 2 (cover) 3 (balance)PLAYER 1 PLAYER 2 PLAYER 3
  • 5. EXPECTATIONSWe need to decide which way we want to forcethe offensive player when the ball is in themiddle of the field. For younger or less skilledplayers we may want to force to the sideline. Foradvanced or older players, we want to force theoffense into the defensive pressure we arecreating by our shape.
  • 6. EXPECTATIONS Player 2 (pressure) Player 3 (cover) Player 1 (balance)PLAYER 1 PLAYER 2 PLAYER 3
  • 7. EXPECTATIONS 1 (pressure) 2 (cover) 3 (balance)PLAYER 1 PLAYER 2 PLAYER 3
  • 8. EXPECTATIONS Player 3 (pressure) Player 1 (cover) Player 2 (balance)PLAYER 1 PLAYER 2 PLAYER 3
  • 9. REPETITION• Always use the same terms so they get the idea embedded in their heads.• Ask questions. Maybe players still do not understand what you mean by the terms you use.• Trust the process, teaching “D” is not easy!
  • 10. Elevate the gameon and off the fieldvisit korrio.com to learn how facebook.com/KorrioSports twitter.com/KorrioSports