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RSL AZ Learning Center - Week #4 Defending Phase: Anticipate & Adjust To Intervene

By RSL AZ, 03/04/24, 9:45AM MST


The RSL AZ Learning Center is back with new curriculum. If youa 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: Protect Space Behind When Ball Carrier Is Not Framed
Week #3 - Attacking Phase: Adjust & Re-Adjust To Shoot

Week #4 Defending Phase

TACTICAL PRINCIPLE - Anticipate & Adjust To Intervene 


  • Defense recognizes visual cues (eye contact, player gesturing for ball
  • Change of pace to intercept
  • Retreat into danger areas
  • CB drawn out- immediate recovery of surrounding players to drop in and protect the goal
  • Identify players to mark- goal side/ball side
  • Be physical – use arms to block and disrupt
  • Direct clearance to teammate