EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Pressing

Help your players use pressing to win the ball back the minute you've lost it!
Dave Clarke

In youth soccer, winning the ball back is an issue, mainly because few teams adopt a structured and logically approach. Working with your players and these 12 technical games you will be able to help them understand the concept of how to win possession by pressing the opposition effectively.

The activities in Pressing, used effectively at training sessions, could immediately improve your team’s ball winning skills.

At the beginning of each section featuring sessions from all the coaches is advice on how the specific sessions on pressing work. To understand the benefits of pressing, players need to learn how to work as an individual and how to put that into practice as a team. Every player needs to be singing from the same song sheet or the tactic will not work and players will be caught out of position.

These sections also feature Top Tips for Effective Pressing as quick bullet points you can use to remind yourself of the important points before you coach the sessions. This really is a complete manual on how to use pressing as a tactic and how to set up your team to use it with confidence and success.

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In this special report on how to coach pressing, the top managers who coach this tactic and use it to spectacular effect with their teams are introduced. Pep Guardiola gets his Bayern Munich team to aggressively press high up the pitch forcing play when his team has not got the ball working at a high speed. Jürgen Klopp has brought his “gen gen” pressing tactic to Liverpool to win the ball back immediately after his team has lost it – he talks about understanding when to press and when to stop to utilise the tactic to its full potential.

Luis Enrique wants Barcelona to press as soon as they lose the ball in the other team’s half – working on the intensity of play when they don’t have the ball. Diego Simeone is slightly different as he knows his Athletico Madrid team will have the ball for less time than other teams – they press in packs flooding the midfield to force the opposition back.

In this report with diagrams and illustrations, we explain How Pressing Works and the sessions that follow mirror the ones used by the top teams. There are sessions from Justin Neese the centre of excellence manager at Houston Dynamo, Ricky King the coach education administrator of the New York Red Bulls and Mike Smith youth academy director at 2015 MLS Champions Portland Timbers – plus from David Clarke, editor of Soccer Coach Weekly.

CONTENTS

THE MANAGERS

PEP GUARDIOLA – BAYERN MUNICH Occupy the space on the field
JÜRGEN KLOPP – LIVERPOOL Full throttle football
LUIS ENRIQUE – BARCELONA Taking pressing to greater heights
DIEGO SIMEONE – ATLETICO MADRID Everybody together, everybody talks

THE TECHNIQUE

HOW PRESSING WORKS – Principles of pressing
WHERE AND WHEN – Pressing with overloads
STRIKERS PRESS DEFENDERS – Pressing against 3 defenders
ORGANISE DEFENCE TO COUNTER Pressing with focus on the ball

THE PRACTICE

  1. PRESSING TO WIN
  2. HOT PRESS – Pressing by individuals
  3. FULL PRESSURE  – Pressing as a team
  4. PRESSING MATTERS
  5. WING PRESSURE  – Pressing to the wings
  6. PRESS OR HOLD  – Control without possession
  7. PRESSURE AND SUPPORT
  8. SUPPORT WORKER  – Fun way to press
  9. COVER AND BALANCE  – Pressing when out of balance
  10. WINNING THE BALL
  11. REPEL ALL RAIDERS  – When to press, when to recover
  12. TACKLE AND COUNTER  – Pressing with overloads

 

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    Dave Clarke is head coach and editor of Soccer Coach Weekly, providing thousands of subscribers worldwide with drills, insight and advice covering all aspects of coaching. As well as being a skilled journalist and editor, Dave has excellent coaching credentials, having coached U9s - U16s at grassroots level for over 20 years. He holds a UEFA B license and is qualified in FA Youth Award modules 1, 2 and 3, as well as the Coerver Youth Diploma Module.
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