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         Solid wall, well positioned by goalie, facing the ball and ready for action

         Markers to pick up other attackers

         Push out as soon as danger is cleared

 

Defending close in free kicks

Actions

         3 man wall Sweeper, center mid, near side mid ([1,7,5]). Maximum 10 yards away; positioned by goalie to block near post and near side of goal

         Goalie [8] positioned at far post. Must be able to see the ball directly as it is struck (get rid of extra wall players if necessary)

         Man markers far side defender and far side mid ([2,4]). Close down possible second shooter at the top of the box

         Near side defender [3] guarding against trick play or marks player in that area

         Striker [6] occupy two opponents as defenders

         PUSH OUT TO PUSHOUT LINE AS SOON AS THE BALL IS CLEARED

The wall is key, and the goalie must be in charge of organizing the wall. He must make sure:

  1. the near post is covered.
  2. there are enough players in the wall
  3. he can see the ball as it is being struck.

Players should form the wall initially with one player turned backwards to look at the goalie who is giving instructions. The goalies may yell, but sometimes gestures are better:

  • the number of fingers raised is the number of players needed in the wall
  • pointing left or right moves the wall in that direction
  • thumbs up OK, right number, right place.

 

 

Contact: rgaster@north-atlantic.com