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Defensive and Infield Switches

Focus
Front & Square, Forward line delivery, Gameplan/Strategy.
Skills
Kicking, Handballing.
Purpose
In the instance where opposition players have dropped a kick behind play, it's best to avoid kicking to this contest and instead switching sideways, creating space for players to lead into. This drill practices two switches - a long, wide switch in defense to create space, and a central switch to open up a forward's leading area.
group
Players
20+
profile
Ages
15+
ball
Balls
3+
cone
Cones
8
distance
Distance (max)
160m
  • Step 1

    (A) switches by playing-on across the goalface and kicking to (B) who is stationary on the cone
  • Step 2

    (B) marks and takes-off running hard before steadying and kicking to leading (C)
  • Step 3

    After marking, (C) backpedals and looks to kick further afield to forward (E), but sees coach (L) standing in the hole and obstructing the lead. Instead, (C) switches centrally with a low-trajectory kick to stationary (D)
    Important this kick is accurate and doesn't 'hang' - a turnover from a spoil could be critical
  • Step 4

    (D) marks, steals a few yards, steadies and kicks to (E) who has lead from full-forward to the open-side
  • Step 5

    (E) marks, backpedals then plays-on sideways before feeding a long handball to (F)
  • Step 6

    (F) looks ahead to see coach (L) in the way, but hearing (G) call from the opposite pocket, switches with a long kick that (G) can to run onto without breaking stride
  • Step 7

    (G) gathers, runs and kicks to wide-leading (H), who marks and gives a quick handball to (J) running past having made front and square position
  • Step 8

    (J) runs, bounces, steadies then kicks long to stationary (A), who backpedals after taking a defensive mark
More Drills
demo
play
video
Groups of
group
group-arrow
icon-group
8
Ages
profile
13 +
Balls/grp
ball
1
Cones
cone
1
Distance (max)
distance
15m
Focus
Skills under pressure, Run & Carry.
Skills
Shepherd, Crumb.
demo
play
video
Players
group
16+
Ages
profile
11 +
Balls
ball
1+
Cones
cone
4
Distance (max)
distance
80m
Focus
Hard Running, Front & Square.
Skills
Handballing, Kick Long, Shepherd.
demo
play
video
Players
group
20+
Ages
profile
13 +
Balls
ball
6+
Cones
cone
6
Distance (max)
distance
160m
Focus
Hard Running, Front & Square, Forward line delivery, Goalkicking.
Skills
GoalKicking, Kicking, Handballing, Crumb.
play
video
Groups of
group
group-arrow
icon-group
3
Ages
profile
6 +
Balls/grp
ball
2
Cones
cone
0
Distance (max)
distance
2m
Skills
Ruck.
play
video
Players
group
15+
Ages
profile
6 +
Balls
ball
2+
Cones
cone
6
Distance (max)
distance
40m
Skills
Handballing.
play
video
Players
group
15+
Ages
profile
6 +
Balls
ball
5+
Cones
cone
4
Distance (max)
distance
30m
Skills
Handball Quick.
play
video
Groups of
group
group-arrow
icon-group
6
Ages
profile
15 +
Balls/grp
ball
1
Cones
cone
4
Distance (max)
distance
10m
Focus
Defensive, Hard Running.
Skills
Tackle, Shepherd.
play
video
Groups of
group
group-arrow
icon-group
8
Ages
profile
6 +
Balls/grp
ball
1
Cones
cone
2
Distance (max)
distance
60m
Skills
Kick Long.
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