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Rushing Defender Triangle

Focus
Skills under pressure, Hard Running.
Skills
Kick Long.
Purpose
Players must not panic when an oncoming playier is rushing at them, instead use the time available to make space and steady for the kick.
group
group-arrow
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Groups of
7
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Ages
7+
ball
Balls/grp
1+
cone
Cones
6
distance
Distance (max)
40m
  • Setup

    Groups of 7 each form a 40m triangle, with inside cones about 35m from outside ones.
  • Step 1

    Player on the outside cones (A - B - C) must dispose by foot to the next player in sequence
    (A to B), (B to C), (C to A).
  • Step 2

    Players on the inside cones must run out and pressure the player who will receive and kick
    (D) pressures (A), (E) pressures (B), (F) pressures (C)
    They can only leave the cone once the ball has left the boot of the player upfield - penalties for cheating
  • Step 3

    The trajectory of the kick is important. If the ball hangs, the outside player is going to wait longer and be under more pressure.
    There is no "marking" rule, play-on applies at all times
  • Step 4

    So (D) pressures kicker (A), who finds enough space to kick to stationary (B), then:-
    (D) stays at (A) and becomes the next target/kicker at that station
    (A) runs into the centre cone NEAREST to the cone they kicked to (A to E / B to F / C to G)
  • Step 5

    Players continue around the triangle in this fashion (kick / pressure / kick / pressure....)
  • Step 6

    Progression 1: Rotate the direction of play.
    This will make it much harder to play on around your weak side.
  • Step 7

    Progression 2: Bring the cones in closer.
    This will reduce the time players have to dispose.
More Drills
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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
18+
Ages
profile
12 +
Balls
ball
1
Cones
cone
6
Distance (max)
distance
50m
Focus
Skills under pressure, Decision Making, Run & Carry.
Skills
Kicking, Tackle.
play
video
Players
group
14+
Ages
profile
15 +
Balls
ball
1
Cones
cone
3
Distance (max)
distance
140m
Focus
Run & Carry, Gameplan/Strategy.
Skills
Kicking, Tackle, Handball Quick.
drill
Players
group
10+
Ages
profile
16 +
Balls
ball
1
Cones
cone
4
Distance (max)
distance
100m
Focus
Run & Carry, Forward line delivery, Gameplan/Strategy.
Skills
Kicking.
drill
Players
group
20+
Ages
profile
6 +
Balls
ball
1
Cones
cone
10
Distance (max)
distance
150m
Focus
Skills under pressure, Defensive, Contested ball, Hard Running, Decision Making, Run & Carry, Forward line delivery, Goalkicking, Gameplan/Strategy.
Skills
GoalKicking, Kicking, Handballing, Tackle, Shepherd.
play
video
Players
group
4+
Ages
profile
13 +
Balls
ball
6+
Cones
cone
3
Distance (max)
distance
20m
Focus
Skills under pressure, Fun.
Skills
GoalKicking, Kicking.
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