Get your defenders attacking the line of the ball to intercept and recover back to intercept high balls with this fast-paced drill for all age groups.
Basic and above
– Adjust the distance between the two throwers/posts based on the age/level of your players.
– On the forward intercept, look for a strong angle towards the ball to cut it off at the earliest point, rather than a flat, sideways movement. Encourage the players to test/challenge how wide they can start and still get hands to the ball. If they are intercepting the first pass too easily, ask them to start wider, or hold their movement until the pass is released.
– Ensure the passers pass the ball hard, and aim to pass it directly to the other ‘post’, rather than passing it to the defender.
– On the lobbed pass, we want to see the defender getting back quickly, getting two feet under the ball and exploding up to rip the ball in with two hands. Players will have a tendency to leap early off one leg and try to take the ball with one hand.
– Work six repetitions at each end before switching roles. Players will have a good rest period before they need to work again, so ensure their repetitions are completed at a high intensity.