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RSL AZ Learning Center - Week #5 Attacking Phase: Defensive Transition

By RSL AZ, 03/11/24, 6:45AM 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: Anticipate & Adjust To Intervene

Week #5 Attacking Phase: Defensive Transition

TACTICAL PRINCIPLE - Counter Press to Regain Possession


  • Mentality to transition to win the ball back
  • Immediate Compression of Space
  • Backline protect the space behind
  • Immediate pressure/recovery to regain possession
  • Surround the ball and squeeze with #'s
  • Connect pass “out of channel” that won it
  • If won back in attacking ½, Be aggressive to go forward