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Registered: 04/28/04
Posts: 1,930
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Does anyone have a progression of practices on how to teach low pressure defense?  Any books?  Any ideas would be appreciated.

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. --John Wooden

Registered: 01/25/04
Posts: 9,206
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Why would you want to? Low pressure defense is like no pressure defense. Medium and high pressure is where it is at.

Joe Ordinary can look like Platini under low oressure.

Just my opionion.

Only the unloved hate

Registered: 01/16/05
Posts: 242
Reply with quote  #3 
The session I use mostly for this:
Warmup 4 v 2+2:
Teams play 4 (Y) v 2 (R) in a grid.  Once the 2 (R) win the ball, they play into the other grid where 2 (R) are waiting.  Then 2 (Y) go over and your play 4 (R) v 2 (Y).  Coach the two defenders to have paitence and force the ball toward the end of the grid closest to their teammate and then win the ball when the offense makes a mistake.  If they forced play into the right area of the grid, when they win the ball it is a quick transition into the next grid.  If they win it at the top of the grid, the 4 offense quickly close and they lose possession quickly.

Then we move to 5 v 5 on a rectangluar grid wider than it is long with four corner goals and a center line.  Once a team loses possession in their offensive half, they must drop all 5 players into their defensive half before they can defend.  I sometimes add the requirement that upon winning possession, they must get 3 passes in their defensive half before moving into offense.   That gives the defenders a little extra time to recover into their half and get organized.

Then we move to a 8 v 8 on a field approx 3/4 size of a full field divided into thirds.  Team must drop behind line closest to their goal when they lose possession before they can defend.  Once we organize, we focus on channeling the play until and go for the ball when a mistake is made.

The other warmup activity I've seen done was at my B.  The instructor had a grid approx. 25 x 10 with 9 players in three different colors around the outside.  3 defenders were placed in the middle.  Those on the outside could not pass to someone that was the same color as the player that passed to them (ie. blue passes to yellow, yellow then has to pass to yellow or red, but not blue), 3 defenders stay organized and patient until someone has a bad touch or hesitates too long trying to decide who they need to pass to and then they pounce.  Team that lost possession becomes 3 in the middle and has to come to the center and touch hands before they can defend, forcing them to organize quickly.

Hope that was what you were looking for.

Registered: 03/25/04
Posts: 1,203
Reply with quote  #4 

Low pressure defending does not relate to the effort, rather it's the decision to defend closer to your goal, drop players behind the ball, or channel play into areas of the field, where you will pressure to create a transition. Usually you will see teams playing low pressure choose to start pressuring after the other team crosses midfield. Low pressure keeps the defense compact and forces the other team to be creative to penetrate the defense. It a good choice on very hot days, or maybe when you are taking away the space from a team with very fast forwards, playing away, or once you have taken the lead late in the game, or if your a Serie A

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Registered: 01/25/04
Posts: 9,206
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Any defending can start in your defensive half of the field. That is not as easy as it looks to set up incidently. To do that you have to high pressure the ball with at least 3 players who are closest to your attacking goal excuse me to the ball. One to take away the closest back pass. One on the ball and one in support of the first defender. I did it and practiced that in every practice when we broke up the team to play on a full side field.

Low pressure is like the defense you see in the MLS all star game. You know those 5-5 draw games.

Remeber watching Canada's National team yrs ago they played low pressure.

You have to delay the start of the opponents attack to slow down there transition so you have the time to get at least 8 behind the ball and in your defensive half of the field and then got to get the other three left in behind the ball in your defensive half as well.

Also if the three left up can get the ball. You can counter from that.

How much time and touches do you want to give the dribbler and receivers to play the ball?

Only the unloved hate

Registered: 04/28/04
Posts: 346
Reply with quote  #6 
You almost never see low pressure defending in youth soccer, and I have to say that I've always coached my youth teams to pressure hard, and immediately, all over the field. You can get away with this because of the unlimited substitution rules. This year, though, with a dominant centre back who is terrific in the air, and with a lot of injuries which have meant having to play 90 minute games with only 11 or 12 players, I've started to experiment a bit with a counter-attacking style where you drop 8 people behind the ball on every loss of possession. We had excellent success with this recently in a tournament against teams who had superior speed and skill. No doubt about it -- it can work really well. But you spend a lot of time defending against patient teams who simply play the ball back and forth across the back, trying to draw you out. And look for a lot of 1-0 and 2-0 scores.
To teach it we just did shadow play 11 v 6 (2 strikers and 4 mids). Have your keeper start by throwing a ball out to one of your backs and the team with 11 must make 3 passes out of the back then kick to a player on the offensive team...then coach the defensive recovery you want...walk through it forst then force the defense to win back the ball...make 3 passes and pass again to the offensive team. 

Registered: 04/28/04
Posts: 1,930
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Just an FYI for everyone here.  I am beginning to train a U-13 boys team this spring who is woefully short of players.  We have 13 players rostered, and typically, one is missing for some reason.  We lost three kids this spring to a major transfer of parents to other states for their jobs.  We are also playing against U-14 teams with a bit more skill in ball handling than are we. 

My thoughts are to let them handle the ball enough until they give it up.  Close down passing lanes in the offensive half of the field as opposed to playing high pressure.  This will allow us to stay fresh a bit longer, and also teaches patience.  I also feel this is a very effective manner to play skilled ball-handling teams.  Our kids tend to dive a bit too much, and if the opponent is good at keeping the ball, we can get killed without patience. 

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. --John Wooden

Registered: 03/24/04
Posts: 6,793
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Originally Posted by RickG
You almost never see low pressure defending in youth soccer, and I have to say that I've always coached my youth teams to pressure hard, and immediately, all over the field.

We played low-pressure defense as U Littles, U8 and U9. We never defended across the midfield line, just pulled back. I think this decision was made because the little tykes didn't have the energy to play that style, plus perhaps there was a concern about maintaining team shape.

Now, at U12, we play in the standard high-pressure youth soccer way.
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