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This football lesson plan will help you coach defending skills at KS4 level. 

Included in this lesson plans are coaching tips on:

  • the defenders’ responsibilities in a game
  • individual and team defensive skills of jockeying, closing down, keeping play in front of them, channelling play, and getting goal-side
  • how to eliminate space for attacking players
  • positioning skills and defensive awareness
  • understanding and adapting defensive tactics during a game

The lesson plan also includes cross-curricular activities for creativity and resilience.

Download the defensive skills football lesson plan.

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