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one players stands, the other runs after the ball

Defending the circle

Peter Augustine, FA coach developer, delivers a practice for grassroots players aged 17-21. It focuses on defensive techniques.

This session helps players to: 

  • recognise defending situations in a practice scenario   
  • decide when to press and when to protect   
  • defend the aerial ball   
  • develop individual defending techniques   
  • master transition and defending out of balance.