Putting pressure on your opponent and making them uncomfortable can get your opponnets out of their normal style of play and might cause turnovers.
In the clip below Schellas Hyndman, current Men’s Soccer Head Coach at Grand Canyon University, leads a classroom training session on the basics of Team Pressing. He has over 30 years of coaching experience and has excelled at both the collegiate (Eastern Illinois, SMU) and professional (FC Dallas) levels.
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Coach Hyndman discusses several important points that can help coaches and teams:
1.Pressing is about making things difficult for the opponent
It’s easy for players and teams to play with lots of time, but pressing makes it tougher for your opponents to play their style. If you press at certain times, this also keeps your opponent off balance and not able to get into a rhythm.
2.An effective pressing strategy frequently leads to bad decision and bad passes
Putting pressure on your opponent speeds up play and puts players under stress. Players are more likely to make mistakes when they have to play fast and make quick decisions.
3.Pressing can turn an opposing good player into an average player
The top players are usually more comfortable or can better handle pressing during a game. The good, but not top players, are the ones that can make mistakes more easily and be effected by the pressure. Focus on these players and always be smart with who you are pressing.
4.Effective pressing strategies reduces the risk of being countered
If your players can understand how to press and work together as a team, this will normally reduce the risk of being counter attacked during a game. Coaches need to be clear with their players not only on when to press, but also where on the field.
5. Physical conditioning equal to the demand
You can only press if your players can handle the extra running and fitness. It doesn’t make sense to press during a game if your players will be exhausted or break down and make mistakes.