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Defensive line: negative transaction

Defensive line: negative transaction

  • 2 poles
  • 1 goal
  • 5 vests
  • Sufficient balls to ensure continuity
  • Playing area: 60x50 meters
  • Players: 11 + goalkeeper
  • Duration: 12 minutes
  • Series: 2 series of 5 minutes with 1 minute of passive recovery in between the series
Summary Secondary Objectives
How to train the defensive line during the negative transaction in outnumbered situations
Vestibular information, Positioning, Goal defense, Defensive shape, Passing on a player, Defensive positioning of a player based on teammates positioning, Transitions

Deploy a 4 players defensive line plus one midfielder against 3 midfielders and 3 strikers. near the lateral side about 25 meters far from the goal, place 2 poles 10 meters spaced (as shown in the figure). Ball to the goalkeeper.

  • The goalkeeper passes the ball with hands to the right back who carries the ball to the first pole, they leave it there, and then sprints around the other pole before getting back
  • The Striker who picks up the ball, heads down the wing forcing the central back to come wide to close them down
  • The central midfielder drops into the defensive line until the fullback returns
  • The white players have to score
  • After the action is completed the goalkeeper restarts the exercise on the opposite side



Coaching Points
  • Guide the movement of the centerback, who runs to the side to press the carrier
  • The midfielder's drop into the defensive line has to be performed with correct timing in accordance with the centerback's movement wide


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Carolina Morace is an Italian ex soccer player, coach, lawyer, and commentator.
She debuted with the Italian National team in 1978 in the match against Yugoslavia; since then, she played 153 times and scored 105 goals, becoming the best goal-scorer in the Italian National team history, brushing with victory in European Championships in 1993 and 1997 (finalist both times).
As much as 19 years after her first match in the National team, she retired in 1997. During her career she won 12 championships, 2 Italian National Cups and 1 “Supercoppa”( ( winner Serie A vs winner Italian cup) in addition to being 12 times the best goal-scorer of Serie A. These great deals make her the best Italian soccer player of all times. In 1998, after she retired definitively from the playing field, she undertook the coaching career, training the Women’s Division of Lazio Sport Club. In July 1999 she was elected as Viterbese’s coach (Serie C1 at that time with Luciano Gaucci as President), becoming the first woman to train a professional men’s soccer team.
From 2000 to 2005 she has been coach of the Italian National Women’s team. After she had trained the Members of Parliament National team, in February 2009 she was elected as coach of Canada’s National Women’s team, with which she won the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup in 2010, achieving the qualification for 2011 World Championship. In two years, with her purely Italian staff, she increased the Canadian National team ranking, from the 11th to 6th position.
Since 1992, the year in which she hosted “Galagoal” show on Telemontecarlo channel, she has worked as commentator for several soccer broadcasts: besides Galagoal, she took part in “Campioni, il sogno” on Italia 1 channel in 2005 (commenting on Cervia’s matches), “il gol sopra Berlino” and “Le partite non finiscono mai” on La7 channel in 2006 and 2007, and Rai broadcasting during the European Championship in 2008.
In 2014 she was the first woman to get into the Italian soccer Hall of Fame.
She worked at the university in Roma conducting courses about soccer technique, she’s commentator for the National newspaper “La Gazzetta dello sport” and since 2012 she’s a member of the National sports observatory.
Since 2001 she’s FIFA ambassador for women’s soccer and FIFA instructor with the task of teaching soccer in developing countries such as  Jamaica; China; South Korea; South Africa, Mauritius, Iran

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