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RSL AZ Learning Center - Week #2 Defending Phase: Protect Space Behind When BC Is Not Framed

By RSL AZ, 02/22/24, 11:45AM MST


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

Fall 2023 
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: Interchange Positions to Prevent Progress 
Week #11 - Delay Progress to Reorganize Lines
Week #12 - Vertically to Exploit Opposition 

Spring 2024
Week #1 - Attacking Phase: Find A Player Behind the Backline

Week #2 Defending Phase

TACTICAL PRINCIPLE - Protect Space Behind When BC Is Not Framed


  • Visual Cues: Head up, time/space for the BC, prep touch, body orientation to hit long ball.
  • Technical Execution: Defenders “side on” to be able to rapidly change direction, Turning hips to orientate body properly based on the ball & attacker,  "Track & Bump” runners, constantly
  • Tactical Understanding: Constant movement forward from the Backline to gain ground when there is pressure on the ball or a negative pass & then movement backward to protect the space when there is recognition of the “CUES”.