„Pressing-Resistance is the ability to identify the opposing pressing, resist it and purposefully outplay it.“
Author: Steven Turek
Edited by: Peter Schreiner
Translated by: Tjorben Becker
Layout: Heiko Schulte
Editor: Institute of Youth Soccer
Cover Photo: firo sportphoto
first and foremost, you as reader surely ask yourself what is meant by pressing-resistance. Therefore, a short
definition:Pressing-Resistance is the ability to identify the opposing pressing, resist it and purposefully outplay it. It includes individual skills as well as team-tactical
strategies.This definition gives you a first impression about the contents that will appear on the following pages.
A core element of most offensive strategies, is usually the attempt to press the opponent into motion, more precisely, into sprinting. Pressing
distinguishes itself by players, creating high pressure on the ball carrier. Why don’t we consequently consider that opposing pressure in a positive way and use it for our own strategy?
That’s exactly the aspect I want to discuss in “Pressing-Resistance”.
„The opponent only has ten players as
well. If he creates numerical advantage somewhere on the pitch, somewhere else has to be a numerical disadvantage - that’s simple logic.” Carlo Ancelotti
If a coach considers the opposing pressing in a positive way, strategic aspects become more important, because: Behind every good pressing strategy is an
idea, how the ball is supposed to be won. To counter that strategy, I developed all kinds of match solutions, which orient on common pressing strategies and specifically focus on weak spots.
To focus on these weak spots, it can happen that specific types of players find themselves in unfamiliar positions on the pitch. Therewith, I purposefully want to provide suggestions and
break up common thinking patterns.
I wish you the best to consider the opposing pressing positively, to outplay it and use it for an own goal!
Extract: Covered Goal Kick
The goalkeeper places the ball on the six-yard-line to open the play. The players position according to the illustration above. The center backs position in the width of the penalty box (4 &
5). They play against a blue team trying to win the ball with an attacking pressing. Blue might even provoke a flat opening of the play. Especially against that type of pressing, it is difficult
to find definite solutions, particularly flat ones.
Solution: Improved Arrangement
In this improved arrangement, both center backs position next to the box. The position of4and5depends upon the position of
theblueforwards. The goalkeeper places the ball in the center of the six-yard-line
to ensure an equal passing distance to both CB’s. The wing backs2and3position wide and not too high, while8and6firstly position on the height
of both WB’s.
Mistake in Detail: Often times, a defensive midfielder positions directly
on the edge of the penalty box. This passing option can easily be covered by a forward pushing opponent without any mentionable disadvantages. Also, the spaces between the opponents (9, 10 and
11) can hardly be used for combinations.
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Organization: In the own half, a 6 vs 6 with common positions is organized. The red team is allowed to finish on the goal with no pressure, if they achieve to enter the other half. Blue defends
Coaching: Due to the provoking rule, Blue will try to defend as high as possible and cover the goal kick. Red implements appropriate match solutions, to reach the other half.
Variation: Another red player is positioned at the halfway line, who can be introduced with a long ball, when all players are covered. If he receives the ball, he is not allowed to be attacked
and finishes onto the goal. Usually, a blue central midfielder remains at the halfway line, due to this rule, and short passing options will be open again.
Recognizing and deliberating outplay the opponents pressure is a key element in
"Pressing Resistance" - Small sided games give players a simple way to learn that.
– Steven Turek
3 vs 2 on 3 vs 2
Small Sided Game – Recognizing increasing Pressure
Organization: Red plays a 3 on 2 against Blue in the front square, with the aim to keep the ball in own ball-possession. If Red achieves 5 successive passes, without Blue touching the ball, they
receive one point. At any time, one blue player of the upper square is allowed to create equal numbers (3 vs 3). After equal numbers are created, Red is allowed to switch the square, either by a
direct pass towards the other side or over the neutral player outside the fields. By doing so, they also receive one point. In case Blue wins a ball and dribbles out of the square, they receive
Coaching: Red is supposed to recognize the increasing pressure and mindfully switch fields.