This session helps defenders understand the importance of marking tightly in the penalty area and not losing their man. 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.