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
Force inside is a defensive tactic. The nearest defender to the ball goes to pressure the opponent and block forward momentum.
The pressing player angles his body to force the opponent away from the edge of the pitch and into more crowded areas.
When using this tactic, you don’t allow opponents down the wings and beyond your defenders. By forcing inside, you keep the play in front of you and going sideways or backwards.