Complete Guide to Zonal Defending

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Complete Guide to Zonal Defending

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The Complete Guide to Zonal Defending

Although the principles of zonal defending are the same, there are significant differences in how to defend zonally depending on what formation you play.

Whether you play with a 4-3-3, 4-4-2, 4-5-1 or 4-2-3-1, understanding what these differences are can really help improve your team defending.

Here is what you will gain from this guide:

  • A true understanding of why you should focus on 'spaces' much more than you should focus on the opposition
  • Why focusing on 'danger zones' will force the opposition into turning the ball over
  • ​How to set up your defense when in possession, not in possession, when you gain possession and when you lose possession of the ball
  • Control the spaces and influence where the ball goes even when you are not in possession of the ball
  • How zonal defending, when done right, can narrow the spaces and make life difficult for the opposition
  • Where and how your players should move depending on where the opposition has the ball

It is critical that ALL of your players understand the concept of zonal defending. If just one player doesn't 'get it' your defending system can collapse and you will concede unnecessary goals.

The Complete Guide to Zonal Defending makes the teaching process so much easier and simple and it will accelerate the speed in which your players will understand how to defend as a unit, the importance of spaces, and how to communicate with each other. If you want a lock down defense, then The Complete Guide to Zonal Defending will help you get there quicker.


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