After watching the Columbus CREW defend poorly over the weekend, I thought it would tie into our topic this week: Principles of Defending.
Principles of defending requiring leadership qualities – Pressure, Cover, Balance. Understanding roles and responsibilities
Communication and organization
‘Allowing’ the offensive team to play where you want them to play – not where they want to play. Force them to play into your strength
Different defending styles in the different thirds of the field – understanding where you are on the field and where the goal is that you are defending
Winning the ball and transitioning to offense
- Zonal defending, man to man defending