Man Marking

This ball control soccer drill forces players to constantly be aware of the movement of their opponents and accept responsibility. It also encourages clever movement off the soccer ball to find space, and rewards soccer teams who counter-attack with pace. This drill develops offensive soccer skills.

Set up: Select two evenly matched teams. Use discs to mark half-way line. Every player should be assigned an opposite number on the other team. Each team has a sweeper who is restricted to 2 touch and must stay in their own half. Normal football rules apply with the following additions;

  • A player can only tackle his opposite number
  • The sweepers can tackle any opponent and cannot be tackled

Make it competitive - play for an agreed time and keep the score

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