Defending in a 1-3-5-2

Exercise description:

Area – Half a field. 9v8. A functional phase of play. The blue team set up in a 1-3-5 and reds set up as a 3-2-3. The wing-backs for the blue team are wearing yellow pennies. The opposition red full-backs are holding a yellow and blue cone. When the ball is played to one of them, they hold up a cone. If they hold up a yellow cone, the wing-back defends etc

1. The coach serves the ball to a red. They move the ball back and forth. Once the ball is passed to a full-back, they lift up a cone. (1st and 2nd play of the animation) the full-back lifts the yellow cone. This triggers the wing back to close down the full-back. The left or right defender offers cover. (The 3rd attack) the full-back lifts the blue cone. This triggers the center midfielder to react and then one of the back three steps into the midfield. Once the trigger is set, the game is live. Reds attack the large goal, blues the small goals.

Coaching points:

Awareness. The backline always has numbers up. Communication. Game plan understanding. Defensive slide. The transition from defending to attacking. Stay compact.

Intended outcome:

  • To protect the wing-backs in a 1-3-5-2. Wing-backs can get exploited in the system if we do not have a plan.

  • Game understanding when we are defending.

  • Instill confidence and concede fewer goals with a compact back five.

  • The weak side wing-back understands they must get behind the ball, stay compact.

Variations:

Remove the cones from the red full-backs. Allow the group to play. Can the blue team figure it out?

Technical / Tactical:

  • Look for the trigger move from the wing-back or midfielder.

  • Focus team blue, the transition from defending to attacking.

  • Defensive stance

  • Make play predictable, force it away from goal

Social:

  • Be ready to interact with teammates.

  • Communicate.

  • Applaud good play and work ethic from teammates.

  • Offer help if you understand the exercise

  • Have fun!

Physical:

  • Always work at game speed

  • Be ready to explode into space after the ball is won

  • Compete.

  • Be ready to rotate with others

Psychological:

  • Be ready to focus and rotate with teammates

  • Embrace failure.

  • Remember the instructions of the exercise. 

  • Decision-making can only happen if we are open to finding answers.

  • Gain confidence

Possible Performance Problems:

The wrong player presses at the wrong time.

Transition to attack is slow because the blues are focused so much on defending.