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.

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Collapse around the ball

The red defenders fall back or “collapse” around the defender who is pressing the ball

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