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Defense-- Pressuring the ball -- Closing down passing lanes
Category: Tactical
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Posted on 17.02.2010 by:
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Pressuring the ball: There needs to be an increasingly higher amount of pressure put on the ball, especially as one nears his own goalline. Putting pressure on the ball does not imply trying to regain its possession. Simply having a defender in front of the ball carrier limits his options in many significant ways. When you are in your own defensive third, make sure to always stay between the enemy and your own goal. On the other hand, if you are out far enough from your own goal, you may try closing down your opponent's passing lanes. It is never recommended to face the ball carrier straight on. He must be pressured by positioning the body at an angle thus 'shepherding' him in a specific direction. Closing down passing lanes: Defenders can limit the options of the enemy by closing down his passing lanes. This is done by approaching the ball carrier in a manner that blocks his (nearest) support. As the diagram shows, Attacker 1 is confronted from the right and therefore his passing lane to the second attacker has been closed. Attacker 1 can only (a) pass back or (b) move away from his support. Usually, you want to force your opponent to play the ball out to the sideline, unless you are close to his goal. In the latter case, it's better to make him pass in the middle, on top of his own box. With the help of: http://www.rayleague.com/group/id/4129 - Coach Fabio Lopez
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