Defending Principles


Members of the Rosevelt Soccer Club will aspire to live up to the following Defending Principles:

8. We will apply smart pressure to our opponents when they possess the ball.

When soccer players possess the ball, they are generally less successful and less threatening when
smart pressure is applied to them. If our opponent has possession of the ball with his back to the
goal we are defending, it is smart to apply high pressure to the attacking player to prevent him from
turning. But if our opponent has possession of the ball when he's facing the goal we are defending, it
is smart to be less aggressive and attempt to contain the player.   

                    
We will prevent our opponent from completing at least 50% of their
                    attempted passes.

9. We will limit our opponents' free kicks and set pieces in our defensive half of the field.

Since about 35% of goals scored in the Barclays Premier League since 2009 have come as a result of
set pieces and restarts, it is important that we minimize the number of set piece opportunities our
opponents earn in our defensive half.

                    
We will concede no more than 10 corner kicks and free kicks
                    inside our defensive half of the field per 90 minutes.

10. We will prevent our opponents from creating high-percentage scoring chances.

Our opponents are more likely to score if they are given scoring chances within the penalty area, so
we will prevent our opponents from creating high-percentage scoring chances. To prevent our
opponents from creating high-percentage scoring chances, we will stake out ball-side, goal-side
positioning on the player we are marking, and we will always try to have at least one more player
closer to the ball than our opponent has.

                    
We will prevent our opponent from creating no more than 5 shots on
                    goal within the penalty area per 90 minutes.


        
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