February 15, 2005

Tactic 3: Defending

The team is set up with a relatively “flat” back three, and a lone striker. Note how each defender is “goal-side” – directly between the attacking player and the goal. This principle should be applied at all defensive situations; it prevents the attacking player from a clear view of goal. The general aim of the defender should be to dispose the attacker of the ball. However, this is not always possible. If the defender cannot make a tackle, he should aim to shepherd or “jockey” the attacking player away from the goal and towards the touchline (arrowed), before making a challenge.

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