Soccer drill: position play, direct pressure after loss of ball

Suitable for the following techniques: defense, positional play

Position play, direct pressure after loss of ball

This type of exercise is a positional game in which the team with the excess number must press for the ball immediately after losing it.

The principle of play
What are your players supposed to do when the ball is lost somewhere on the field? If you want your team to put direct pressure on the ball in the transition from possession to loss of the ball, the following form of practice is very suitable to work on this. The playing principle that is central in this form of practice is 'putting pressure on the ball directly'. With 'putting pressure' I mean attacking the ball; actively moving towards the ball -and opponent- in an attempt to conquer it as soon as possible.

The practice form
The red team plays the ball around or plays for possession. The yellow team tries to get rid of the ball. 
When the yellow team is in possession of the ball, they must try to score as soon as possible in one of the four goals. 
By keeping the size of the field relatively small, it is easy for the yellow team to attempt a goal from all positions on the field. 
The red team is thus forced to put pressure on the ball immediately upon loss of possession to prevent a goal/attempt.

What can you pay attention to in this exercise? Since pressure on the ball is central, it is logical to look mainly at this:

  • Is it pressured at all at ball loss?
  • If yes, by whom and by whom not? If not, why not?
  • If pressure is applied, how? Aggressively from the idea of capturing the ball immediately or from a shuffle pace?
Several variations are possible, some suggestions:

  • If you have no goalkeepers, you can also work with small goals only
  • Let the under team score by dribbling out of the field (possibly in combination with the goals)
  • Award points to the outnumbered team by playing around x number of times
  • Award points to the outnumbered team if the ball is recaptured without a goal attempt by the underdog.
  • More/less goals
  • Count goals from the under number more heavily
Naturally, the form can also be played with other numbers, as long as there is an over- and undercount.

Direct pressure is very effective when it works. If it is not successful and the opponent can play under pressure, it is very likely that large spaces will be created, which is a risk. Correct adjustment of the pressure requires training.

Characteristics of the drill

Necessary materials:
Suitable for the following levels: