1 v 1 Introducing Individual Zonal Positioning Concepts

1 v 1 Introducing Individual Zonal Positioning Concepts

The key defensive skill we are practicing here is for the defending player to always be able to see the ball and the attacker at the same time. The defender must gauge whether it is possible to intercept the ball and, if it is not, then must adopt a position behind the attacking player’s receiving foot.

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Individual Defending Exercises

Individual Defending Exercises

When defense is discussed, it is often in the context of the team. Yes, the defensive system employed by a coach, whether it is man-to-man or zonal, is important. But what are as important and often overlooked are the technical and tactical defensive abilities of the individual players. Following is a practical session that addresses the individual skills of tackling, closing down and containing from the front and back -- as well as exercises that incorporate these skills into a team's defense.

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Pressing and Trapping with Forwards

Pressing and Trapping with Forwards

An essential part of team defense tactics is pressing and trapping in the attacking third.

Attacking player pressing is an aggressive form of pressing. It's objective is to completely trap opponents inside their own half, in order to either win the ball or force opponents to play long, uncontrolled passes. Your opponents are constantly under pressure, without time or space to build an attack. One misplaced pass in front of their goal can create an opening for a shooter.

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