Soccer Get Past The Defender # 2 Training Drill

Get Past The Defender # 2

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 5+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 10-20 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 5 players per station
  • supply of balls
  • cones to mark off area
  • zones 4-5yds deep
  • repeat setup to accommodate the entire team


  • players dribble from the starting point with the ball to first area and try to get past the defender into the save zone
  • next the player must now take on the second defender
  • switch defenders after 2-3 minutes


  • start activity with passive defenders as a warm up
  • the defender is restricted to move from side to side only trying to stop the dribbling attacker
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group


  • deception
  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball


  • close down
  • angle and speed of approach
  • body shape, balance, and foot positioning
  • control and restraint
  • delay and channel