CENTREBACK

Centreback Curriculum

Playing centre back in any team is difficult. You are normally the last line of defence before the goalkeeper and should you make a defensive error it often leads to a goal. So lots of pressure. On the positive side though you are often a leader on the pitch and there is never a dull moment! There are so many key attributes you need to develop but there is a heavy focus on defending and physical attributes.

We have broken down our curriculum into three sections:

Specific Attributes
In-Possession
Out-of-Possession

We have also suggested some training videos in each area.

Centreback specific Attributes

Technical

You need to be thinking about and practising:

  • 1v1 excellence – including counterattacks
  • Reads the game well
  • Positions effectively
  • Understands when to mark a player or the space
  • Presses opponents effectively
  • Intercepts passes – spoiling opponents’ possession
  • Containing attacks
  • Runs with the ball with composure
  • Passes the ball with both feet with any surface and varied distance and technique
  • Can beat an opponent with a safe trick
Tactical

You need to be thinking about and practising:

  • Understanding how to defend individually and collectively
  • Adjusts positioning to receive depending on opponents pressing strategy
  • Defends with composure
  • Defends with accuracy
  • Reads and anticipates the play
  • Makes good decisions
  • Supports receives and passes in and from the defensive third
  • Can move into midfield to combine intelligently
Physical

You need to be thinking about and practising:

  • Explosive over a short distance
  • Quick
  • Powerful
  • Endurance
  • Spring – the timing of spring
  • Height when jumping
  • Upper body strength
Psychological

You need to be thinking about and practising:

  • Mentally adaptable in a variety of defending circumstances
  • Tactically capable in a variety of defending circumstances
  • Courageous
  • Focused
  • Composed
  • Competitive
CENTREBACK- OUT OF POSSESSION

There are 6 key areas to focus on for a Centre-back when out of possession:

  • 1v1 excellence
  • 2v1 excellence
  • Big picture excellence
  • Dealing with long balls
  • Dealing with crosses
  • Three D’s – Delay, Deny, Deflect
CENTREBACK – IN POSSESSION

Again there are six areas of focus when In Possession, clearly showing how important the role is on the pitch:

  • Receiving skills
  • Distribution 1st line
  • Distribution 2nd line
  • Distribution 3rd line
  • Attacking headers
  • Safe trick

CENTREBACK VIDEOS

OTHER POSITIONS

GOALKEEPER CURRICULUM
GOALKEEPER CURRICULUM

CENTRE BACK CURRICULUM

FULLBACK CURRICULUM
FULLBACK CURRICULUM

GOALKEEPER CURRICULUM
WIDE FORWARD CURRICULUM

CENTRAL DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDER CURRICULUM

FULLBACK CURRICULUM
CENTRAL MIDFIELDER CURRICULUM

GOALKEEPER CURRICULUM
CENTRE FORWARD CURRICULUM