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Secrets to Soccer, Secrets to Sports

Online Coaching
and Training

The S2S tool offers:
For the Coach:
  • a library with practices, readymade sessions and other resources
  • prepare training sessions, season and development plans
  • game management
  • communication system
  • reports and statistics for teams and players
  • design tools to prepare own drills
  • information to parents
For the Player:
  • training better at home
  • being prepared for the training sessions
  • log book per season and accumulated
For the Management:
  • overview all coaching and training activities
  • field scheduling
  • equipment management
  • quality assurance
  • information system
Now also includes:
Readymade training sessions per age group
with selected favorite drills
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Today's soccer skill

Defending - 1-1 situations - challenged - intercept
Below you will find one of the totally 156 soccer skills that are presented in the S2S tool.
In the ARCHIVE we have selected 50 of the most fundamental skills and drills for youth and grassroots.
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Demonstration practice
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Play one against one with support for the attacking player, who tries to score by running with the ball into the four-metre goal. The defender starts from various positions, runs in to pressure distance when the ball is passed to the attacker, applies pressure and tries to intercept. E.g. five attempts before everyone swaps roles.
Practise defending in 1-1 situations against a person with the ball who is facing the right way, and try to intercept with neither cover nor support.
Both players may score.
Coaching points (here we call them SECRETS):
  • Occasionally you have to pressure an opponent facing the right way who is about to receive the ball
  • In this case, try to reach the correct pressure distance at the same time as he or she receives the ball
  • The best way to succeed in this is to have marked your opponent at the right distance
  • For this reason, run in to the correct pressure distance at the very moment the pass is hit
  • We usually say that you go when the ball goes
  • Occasionally, you may even have an opportunity to intercept before your opponent receives the ball
  • However, only try this when you are sure you are going to win the ball
  • The next opportunity to intercept is just as your opponent receives the ball
  • I.e. before the person receiving the ball has it under complete control
  • Occasionally, he or she may still manage to control the ball first
  • I.e. both before you manage to intercept and before you reach the correct pressure distance
  • In this case, it is extremely important that you pressure the person with the ball who is facing the right way in the correct manner
  • This skill assumes a situation where you should try to intercept
  • Such a situation can arise at various times and in various parts of the pitch
  • The situation may occur a long way up the pitch when you have many team-mates behind you
  • It may be a situation where you have both cover and support behind you
  • It may also be a situation so near your own goal that you have to try to intercept
  • At any rate before the person with the ball finds a scoring position
  • In these situations, you can pressure the person facing the right way with the ball hard
  • However, without chancing an interception in the wrong position and risking being fooled easily
  • For this reason, you should take up a reasonable pressure distance goal-side of the person with the ball
  • I.e. basically between the person with the ball and your own goal
  • You should play side-on and try to steer the person with the ball
  • E.g. steer towards his/her weaker foot, ideally out towards a flank and away from the shooting sector
  • You can also steer him/her in the direction where you have the greatest chance of intercepting
  • However, you should practise being able to steer and intercept equally well in both directions
  • You should ideally try to stay on your feet for as long as possible as well
  • Because once you have gone to ground and missed an interception, it is difficult to catch up again
  • Interceptions can be performed most effectively and easily in certain positions
  • E.g. when the person with the ball receives the ball and gets it too far away in front of him/her
  • When the person with the ball has poor ball control in a situation
  • One opportunity is when the person with the ball is running with it towards you and has just knocked it on
  • The ball is now some way ahead of the person with the ball, who has difficulty tapping it away from you
  • You can also take the opportunity to intercept when you see that the person with the ball is off balance
  • Learn to recognise when and how to intercept when the person with the ball is facing the right way