A less fancy term for this style of soccer is “playing a low-block”.
With this approach, players defend very deep within their half – especially within the defensive third.
Doing so leaves very little space for the opposition to run into or thread passes through.Continue reading
In traditional soccer history, the role of a defender was simple enough – keep the ball away from your goal.
It didn’t matter much whether you were a center back or a fullback, your first and single most important duty was to defend your goal.
Every other thing was secondary.
Then came the players who revolutionized the defensive roles.Continue reading
Knowing how to defend in soccer is an important skill no matter where you play out on the pitch. While defenders perform last-second sliding tackles to prevent a certain goal, midfielders and strikers must hassle, harry, and hound the opposition further up the field… Forcing them into a mistake and capitalising on errors to spring a counterattack. 1-on-1s […]Continue reading
In many ways soccer is basically chess on a pitch, with a ball thrown in. Think about it… You weigh up your opponents. Probe for holes in their defense. And eventually draw them out and try to catch them unaware as you strike swiftly. And, like chess, there are any number of schemes and strategies a coach might […]Continue reading