The long ball over the top of the defence can be difficult to defend against in youth soccer, so I’ve put together five drills and activities to help you coach defending against teams that play long ball tactics… One of the best ways to stop long balls is to get strikers to press high up... MORE
Collapse Around the Ball
The term collapse around the ball is used to describe how a team’s defenders drop back to support a team mate pressing the ball.
For example, when a pass is played into an opposing forward, one defender goes tight and stops the opponent from turning.
Now the other three defenders collapse around the team mate to provide support and cover.