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RSL AZ Learning Center - Week #10 Defending Phase: Interchange Positions to Prevent Progress

By RSL AZ, 11/03/23, 8:00AM MST


The RSL AZ Learning Center is back with new curriculum. If you missed any of the previous posts see below. 

Week #1 - Attacking Phase: Creation & Use of Space
Week #2 - Defending Phase: Close DGC & Prevent Penetration
Week #3 - Attacking Phase: Draw Defense & SPOA
Week #4 - Defending Phase: Set the Trap
Week #5 - Attacking Phase: Counter Press
Week #6 - Defending Phase: Establish Possession: Connect Passes out of Pressure
Week #7 - Attacking Phase: Box Cross
Week #8- Defending Phase:  Close Down Wide Area and Deny Service
Week #9 - Attacking Phase: Create Gaps and Skip Lines

Week #10 Defending Phase

TACTICAL PRINCIPLE: Interchange Positions to Prevent Progress


  • If LB pulled wide, the CM or CB must track runners in behind OBs
  • If CB forces player wide, OB recovery needs to be inside
  • Look to deny cross
  • Defenders recover into the box
  • Back line broken with ball in behind, recover inside and weakside defenders protect the goal