Soccer Defending Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

This lesson plan uses hands-on activities and movement to teach defending strategies and skills in soccer. Guide student learning first in a whole group, then have them practice cooperatively before putting skills to the test in a game.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • discuss and identify defense strategies in soccer
  • demonstrate defending skills in soccer


1 hour

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.3

Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.1

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.


  • Soccer balls
  • White board and marker
  • Cones

Key Vocabulary

  • Offence
  • Defense
  • Defending position
  • Attacker
  • Defender
  • 1V1

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Gather students together and ask them:
    • What does it mean to defend someone or something?
  • After sharing answers, discuss:
    • What do we defend in soccer?
  • Explain to students that there are positions in soccer that move the ball to the opponent's goal called offense. Draw these positions on a white board.
  • Now explain that other positions defend the team's own goal and are called defense. Draw these positions on the white board in another color.
  • Have students look closely at the white board and ask:
    • What do you notice about the offensive and defensive positions?
  • Guide students to the understanding that offensive positions are closer to the middle and opponent's goal and defensive are closer to the team's goal. Ask:
    • What job do the defenders have?
    • What do defenders do keep a goal from being scored?
  • Lead students to the understanding that defenders kick, block, and use other methods to protect the goal.
  • Warm students up by doing some short drills in which they move forwards, backwards, and sideways.

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