Defending

Defending

FWD W/O BALL (MARKING 2nd & 3rd ATTACKERS)

-When not watching the FWD, have one hand in contact w/ FWD to locate him, beware of 3rd attacker on the far post

-Watch the eyes & body language of the passer (1st attacker)

-small space b/w FWD & DEF mean shorter pass

-small amount of time (FWD is about to be tackled) mean pass will be just before the tackle.

 

TACKLING FOR THE FIRST TOUCH

-Note the quality of the 1st touch of your mark, if it is poor tackle immediately, allow him little time to gain control

 

DENYING THE TURN

- watch the rotation of your mark’s hips, he must travel in the direction his hips are facing

 

MARKING

-if FWD is moving slowly twrd the passer, mark him closely

-if the FWD is moving quickly twrd the passer, mark him loosely

 

POSITIONING

-No more than 4-5 feet from the FWD in the DEF 3rd.

 

STANCE/FOOTWORK

-hips facing but diagonal to the FWD

-weight low and knees bent (like a spring)

-able to see the ball at all times

-short quick steps

 

FWD W/ BALL (MARKING 1st  ATTACKERS)

 

TACKLE AFTER THE TURN

-Tackle when FWD is running at top speed, accelerating to beat another DEF, or taking an approach step for a shot or long pass.

-Tremendous force must be applied to the ball or else FWD will push thru the tackle

-Tackle w/ quickness or else the FWD will have time to adjust and avoid the tackle

 

CLOSING DOWN A FWD

-If you are close to a sideline, hips should be turned twrds the nearest boundary

-In the DEF 3rd on the flank hips should be turned slightly twrd the end line and short steps should be used.

-The FWD must push the somewhat ahead of himself in order to accelerate past the DEF

-Avoid carrying your weight too high (standing too upright) and avoid having your hips too square to the FWD

 

CLOSING DOWN 2V1

-The DEF must move into a position goal side of the 2nd attacker

-This may require backing up and moving away from the 1st attacker

-As soon as DEF sees 1st attacker has decided to keep the ball (2V1 has become 1V1), he can be pursued and tackled

-If impossible to turn a 2V1 into a 1V1 the 1st DEF must delay the attackers until help arrives. For example, back up and trade ground for time.

 

RECOVERY

-When it is impossible to deny penetration the 1st DEF must run to a position on the field from which he can defend his goal.

 

VITAL AREA (DEF 3rd)

-Always stay ball side/goal side of your mark

-The DEF must always keep the FWD in view otherwise the DEF won’t be able to adjust his position

-Keep hips facing away from goal as often as possible

-Effort, aggression, courage and intensity tip the scale in favor whichever team has more of each.

-Deny penetration by dribbling

 

CLEARING

-When It is too dangerous to play the ball out of the back to teammates

-Ball must be played high, with distance, up the twrds the sideline

-Do not clear balls across the mouth of the goal

 

COVERING THE GOAL

-whenever the keeper comes out on a 1V1, the nearest DEF to the goal will take the keeper’s place and protect the goal line.

 

PRESSURE

-good pressure can reduce the opponent to attacking as individuals while enable the DEF team to play in groups

 

FINAL 3rd (FWD AS DEF)

-try to make any contact on the ball possible

-try to force a DEF error

-approach must faster and with great speed and take higher risks

 

ROLE OF 2nd DEF

 

MARKING

-The 2nd DEF initially orients himself around a position goal side of supporting FWDS. This enables him to move fwd to pressure 2nd FWD should he receive a pass, yet still be able to be 1st to balls played into goal side space.

-If the 1st FWD threatens to dribble in the space behind the 1st DEF, the 2nd DEFS are also in position to control the space.

 

COVERING

-Positioning to prevent the 1st FWD from dribbling past the 1st DEF.

-Deny the space to the side and behind the 1st DEF.

-Take a covering position when the 1st FWD has no other option but to dribble.

-4 yards (12ft) form the 1st DEF ready to close in the 1st FWDS long move past the 1st DEF.

 

TRACKING

-Marking the 2nd FWD from goal side position as he moves fwd.

 

DOUBLE TEAMING

-When pressure and field position have left the 1st FWD w/ only one avenue of escape, close off the option by double-teaming.

-Double team on the flank

-Double team when you are approaching 1st FWD from a side or behind position when he cannot see you.

-When you do decide to double team, you must commit aggressively to cover the distance.

ROLE OF 3rd DEF

 

BALANCE

-Position where he can mount a effective defense. Man-to-man marking.

 

COMPACTNESS

-Control important space b/w the pt of attack and the vital area.

-Outnumbering your opponent at the pt of attack.

-Vertical compactness is created when fwds and mids retreat if they are bypassed. This allows them to control space surrounding the pt of attack. This can also force the pace of play beyond the attacking team’s technical or tactical speed. This also makes dribbling difficult.

-Lateral compactness begins when the 2nd DEFS resist the 2nd FWDS attempt to widen the defense by staying laterally closer to the 1st DEF. This narrows passing lanes for thru balls.

 

MAN-TO-MAN

-Succeeds as long as every FWD who is running ahead of the ball carrier is tracked.

-DEF near the vital area need to mark attackers closely.

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