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Secrets to Soccer, Secrets to Sports

Online Coaching
and Training

The S2S tool offers:
For the Coach:
  • a library with practices, readymade sessions and other resources
  • prepare training sessions, season and development plans
  • game management
  • communication system
  • reports and statistics for teams and players
  • design tools to prepare own drills
  • information to parents
For the Player:
  • training better at home
  • being prepared for the training sessions
  • log book per season and accumulated
For the Management:
  • overview all coaching and training activities
  • field scheduling
  • equipment management
  • quality assurance
  • information system
Now also includes:
Readymade training sessions per age group
with selected favorite drills
Product upgrades are included in the price

Today's soccer skill

Defending - Principles of defence - pressing
Below you will find one of the totally 156 soccer skills that are presented in the S2S tool.
In the ARCHIVE we have selected 50 of the most fundamental skills and drills for youth and grassroots.
To find out more about all the features of the S2S tool, please click on DEMO.
To select the product version that suits you best, click on SUBSCRIBE.
Demonstration practice
When you subscribe, you will also find:
Drill practices, Game practices and Practice at home, as well as more general coaching points ("Secrets").
Play e.g. three against three. Score e.g. by running with the ball into the six-metre goals. One player in the attacking team only provides support, i.e. two players attack against three defenders, who then have the opportunity to practise pressuring the person with the ball effectively. To start with, you can carry out one attack per team per go.
The players primarily practise pressuring the person with the ball.
Play freely after a while.
Coaching points (here we call them SECRETS):
  • When the person with the ball moves towards you, it may be a good time to pressure him/her
  • Pressuring means that you both prevent the person with the ball from running with it towards your goal
  • And that you prevent the person with the ball from passing straight forwards, hitting a good cross or finishing
  • When you are going to pressure the person with the ball, you have to get to the right pressure distance quickly
  • This is easier if you have been marking your opponent at the right distance
  • You can then run in to the right pressure distance while the ball is on the way to your opponent
  • You can then pressure your opponent as soon as he or she receives the ball
  • We say that you go when the ball goes if you start at the same time as the pass is hit
  • Occasionally, you can arrive and intercept safely even before your opponent receives the ball
  • You will then really have succeeded, i.e. when you do this without the risk of your opponent playing the ball past you
  • E.g. never get too close to a person with the ball when he/she is in balance, if the person already has control of the ball
  • Because then the person with the ball can often turn around you fairly easily and dodge away
  • Occasionally, you will apply pressure a long way up the pitch
  • For example, a forward can pressure a defender or pressure the goalkeeper in the case of a back pass
  • In this case, the pressure can be extremely hard, even when you have no team-mates nearby
  • Because there are still many team-mates between you and your own goal
  • When you pressure the person with the ball but it is difficult to intercept, you can steer the person with the ball
  • Steer the person with the ball in the direction that is worst for him/her, e.g. to pass with his/her weaker foot
  • When you steer the person with the ball in one direction, you also make it easier for others to defend
  • Your team-mates see e.g. how they should give you support and which areas they should cover
  • Your team-mates can call to you to tell you in which direction they feel you should pressure the person with the ball
  • When there is cover behind you and when you have support, you can pressure hard
  • E.g. so hard that the person with the ball has difficulty passing forwards or hitting a good cross
  • Also try to intercept, as you will rarely be in a better position, i.e. with support and cover
  • For this reason, it is good if your team-mates encourage you to intercept in this position
  • They can see the support and cover
  • Try to carry out the interception when the person with the ball has poor ball control and is off balance
  • When you are in the back line, you have to be careful when applying pressure occasionally
  • E.g. when you are challenged near your own goal and you have no support or cover
  • You are then hardly in a position to pressure your opponent hard and try to intercept
  • In this position, you should delay and steer the person with the ball away from the danger areas instead
  • You will also prevent the person with the ball from finding a scoring position, at least with his/her stronger foot
  • Practise pressuring and steering in various directions
  • If the person with the ball is directly in front of your goal, you will have to pressure him/her hard in the end
  • You often have to try to intercept in this position, even without support and cover
  • You should still steer the person with the ball in one direction
  • At the same time, you will be helping the goalkeeper to see better where the shot may be coming from
  • Also try to prevent and cover the shot without deflecting the ball into your own goal
  • Learn to recognise when and how you should pressure the person with the ball in various game situations