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RSL AZ Learning Center - Week #8 Defending Phase: Protect The Space Behind

By RSL AZ, 04/01/24, 7:30PM 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: 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
Week #6 - Defending Phase: Attacking Transition
Week #7 - Attacking Phase: Create Numbers Up

Week #8 Defending Phase

TACTICAL PRINCIPLE - Protect The Space Behind


  • On back pass- closest defender presses
  • Organized and compact shape
  • Immediate engagement and transition
  • Matchup to MFs to eliminate closest options
  • Win 1st and 2nd balls
  • Ball switches- Players behind the ball, delay and players not behind the ball recover
  • Backline stay connected- protect space behind