Soccer Tips for Playing Better Defense

Teams can't win if they don't score. Make sure your defense strikes fear into your opponent with this guide to defensive drills and tips.

The Role of the Defender

The Role of the Defender

The defender's primary job is to deny penetration by applying pressure and maintaining a good position. Find out the best way to do the job effectively.

Tackling: The Most Dangerous Part of Soccer

Tackling: The Most Dangerous Part of Soccer

More injuries occur during tackling than during any other activity. Find out the best way to stay safe when going for possession.

Youth Soccer Drill: The Defensive Run-Down

Youth Soccer Drill: The Defensive Run-Down

Need a great soccer drill to make your practice more productive? This exercises emphasis offensive ball-handling, defensive recovery and conditioning.

The Defense's Most Valuable Weapon

The Defense's Most Valuable Weapon

Athleticism and skill can only help a soccer team's defense so much. Here is the main reason defenses succeed--and it's something everyone can do.

Soccer Drill to Help Sweepers Under Pressure

Soccer Drill to Help Sweepers Under Pressure

Defenders often have little time to clear the ball away from danger. Here's a simple drill to make your sweepers comfortable under pressure.

How to Teach Defenders to Close Down Space

How to Teach Defenders to Close Down Space

Defense can be broken down into a really simple job for youth soccer players. Find out how you can best stress to your young players how to play defense well.

A Practice on Small Group Defending

A Practice on Small Group Defending

In these drills players practice how to channel the ball to gain possession, apply pressure on the attacker and gain control over the attacking team.

Q&A With MLS Defender Geoff Cameron

Q&A With MLS Defender Geoff Cameron

As one of the top up-and-coming players on one of Major League Soccer's top teams, Geoff Cameron is realizing his dream at a young age. Find out his secret to making it to the top of his sport.

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