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 outside is a defensive tactic.
When forcing outside, the defending team gets compact to stop the opponents passing in the centre of the pitch.
This tactic leaves space on the wings for the opponents. When the ball is played to the wing, the defending team slides across to press and force play to one side.
When forcing outside, you block the opponent’s centre midfielders and forwards from receiving a pass.