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Fend-off, a.k.a. the 'Dont Argue'

Skills
Tackle.
Purpose
When a player is about to be tackled, the best form of defense is often to fend the player off with a push to the chest. The fend both propells the player sideways and away from the player, plus puts them off-balance.
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Groups of
8
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Ages
15+
ball
Balls/grp
1
cone
Cones
4
distance
Distance (max)
30m
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Opp. tops
2
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Visible opposition strip: 2
  • Setup

    Use cones to mark 5m wide lanes, a line at each end.
  • Step 1

    Player (A), who must stay within the confines of their lane, runs towards defender (B), who is stationary in the middle.
  • Step 2

    (B) attempts to tackle (A), who must fend off (B) by holding the ball under the arm to the outside of the tackler, and pushing against their chest.
    The push but be fast and strong to the upper chest, if the tackler detains an arm it will almost certainly result in holding the ball
    The player should push-off sideways to get wide of the player
    Forward momentum continues throughout
  • Step 3

    Once (A) is clear they handball to (C) who is stationary between the cones.
    (A) must get close enough to hit target (C) accurately
  • Step 4

    (C) repeats the process the other way, with (D) the tackler.
  • Step 5

    After 1-2 minutes, swap the tacklers (B) and (D)
More Drills
demo
play
video
Groups of
group
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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
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.
drill
Players
group
18+
Ages
profile
6 +
Balls
ball
1-2
Cones
cone
4
Distance (max)
distance
160m
Focus
Skills under pressure, Contested ball, Hard Running, Decision Making, Run & Carry.
Skills
Kicking, Tackle, Shepherd, Handball Quick, Mark Contest.
play
video
Players
group
22+
Ages
profile
11 +
Balls
ball
2+
Cones
cone
0
Distance (max)
distance
160m
Focus
Skills under pressure, Run & Carry, Forward line delivery.
Skills
GoalKicking, Kicking, Handballing.
play
video
Players
group
18+
Ages
profile
11 +
Balls
ball
2+
Cones
cone
6
Distance (max)
distance
30m
Focus
Decision Making, Fun.
Skills
Handballing.
play
video
Players
group
12+
Ages
profile
13 +
Balls
ball
1+
Cones
cone
4
Distance (max)
distance
50m
Focus
Skills under pressure, Goalkicking, Fun.
Skills
GoalKicking.
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