Soccer Tactics: Practice Ideas For Midfield Pressing in Soccer
Practice 01: 3 v 4 “In the Inside Corridor – Channeling Toward the Inside”
Restricted playing area; for the team with the ball there is a small passing gate (yellow cones, 1-2 yards apart), as well as a larger “dribble-gate” (orange cones, about 10 yards apart)
- Keeper passes to central defender who has to extend to outside defender
- Outsider defender combines with the #6 to score a goal, either through the passing gate or the dribble-gate
- The team that is pressing has a #6, an attacking player ( a #10) as well is a wing midfielder
- The second attacker (a #9) only presses the central defender, he does nothing else right now. Just as the red central defender, he will become active again when his team wins the ball
- After the initiation by the keeper, the outside midfield player forechecks the wing defender in such a way that the latter cannot pass through the yellow passing gate. This way, the midfield player practices his approach run and closing down the outside lane
- As soon as the wing-player gets the ball, the #10 is allowed to enter the field, starting from the blue cone. If the opposing #6 receives the ball, this wing defender and his own
- #6 can create a defensive 2 v 1 situation
- After winning the ball, they attack the large goal involving all their players, resulting in a 4 v 3 for this group with the ball.
Practice 07: 2 v3 -Double-Teaming by the #6 and the #10
Playing area is the “double penalty box”. Possibly smaller depending on the players’ level; 2 teams; 2 regulation-size goals; 2 yellow, 2 red, 2 orange, and 2 blue cones on the sides for orientation.
- The players at the yellow cone pass to their team-mates in the area. The two defenders try to win the ball by double-teaming. -After winning the ball, they finish with a shot on goal.
- The striker attempts to shoot on goal if he retains possession
- The second defending player starts level with the red and blue cone
- After the pass, the server (passing is a must!) can get involved and help his team-mate.
- The player at the orange cone (the outside midfielder in this case) joins the action also. This way, the attack is executed at a ratio of 2 to 3 (the outside defender and the #6 attack; the outside midfielder, the #6, and the striker defend)
- Joint double-teaming by #6 and #10 is being practiced here. Also, the defensive behavior on the part of the outside midfielder in pressing situations is also schooled.