Principles of defending

  1. Immediate Pressure

    1. Approach

    2. Delay

    3. Control

    4. Tackle

  2. Cover

    1. Cover your team in support and be close enough to help defend

  3. Balance

    1. Create balance with the 3rd defender

  4. Compactness

    1. Out of possession get tight and force ball out wide away from goal.

    2. Keep the ball in front of you

  5. Control & Restraint

    1. Line of confrontation we allow them to play until they hit that line and then we swarm like wolves

    2. Moving side to side and keeping ball in front of us

    3. Don't let penetrating passes through the middle