This game enables defenders to work on their communication and decision-making, helping them understand when they should press and when they should recover. MORE
Full team pressing (U13 activity)
Full team pressing
PRINCIPLES OF PRESSING
“Work as a team” • “Remember your role” • “Watch your opponents’ movement”
Use half your normal pitch – this is a scenario to help coach players in full team movement and should be used in a stop-start style of coaching.
The blue team plays out from the back with the opposition taking up good pressing positions all over the pitch. Start with a pass from the goalkeeper .
The closest attacker  presses his man and closes down space... his fellow attacker must stay aware of a potential pass infield across the back four. He must be ready to press.
The role of the central midfielder  is essential – as he recovers he must stay aware of changing game elements around him, being ready to cover a pass infield or a switch.
The attacking winger  moves into a wider position to cover any run in that area by the right full-back. The yellow full-back  covers to press the wide man to block any passes out of defence. The midfielder  recovers to a central area in order to cover any switched ball, as well as to aid his team defensively.
How many players do I need?
Use full 11v11 in this activity.