Gegenpressing is basically the German version of the term “counter-pressing”.
For people who know what the term means in soccer, it’s fairly obvious how the name ties in.
The counter-pressing style of play has a long history of use in modern soccer, but we can trace its roots back to the earlier years of the game.Continue reading
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
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
Watching a player perform a slide tackle at full speed to steal the ball away from an opponent is one of the best things to watch as a soccer fan. But in the middle of a game (when everything is happening at 100 miles per hour), performing this slide tackle legally is easier said than done. Which […]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