Swoosh Defense! Can Young Players Learn the Flat Back Four Zone Defense?
Swoosh Defense! Can Young Players Learn the Flat Back Four Zone Defense?

I was as of late asked, "Mentor Hardy, for what reason are you instructing youth soccer groups

to play a level back four zone protection?" The insight being that a sweeper/

plug framework is a 'more secure' protection for more youthful groups. Most importantly, any protection

will have its qualities and shortcomings. An educated mentor will know those

shortcomings and will urge their group to separate it. All disclaimers

aside, the level back four is the favored arrangement of most current groups. A

youth soccer mentor ought to accentuate the improvement of players inside the

setting of current soccer.

At the point when appropriately executed, a level back four will give phenomenal

protective pressing factor, cover and equilibrium. Youthful soccer players ought to be

created to play at their most elevated possible level and essentially all more significant level

groups play a level four or three framework. Training a level back four protection gives

players an establishment for future achievement in soccer. Indeed, even a group as youthful as U11

group can effectively play a level back four zone guard. A group may surrender

'split away' objectives temporarily, while they get familiar with the framework, however in the

since a long time ago run they will can unhesitatingly venture into a cutting edge protective


A group can effectively play a level back four after only a couple preparing

meetings and a modest bunch of games. I utilize the pre-season rehearses, competitions

what's more, scrimmages as a period for a group to become familiar with the player jobs and group shape

of a level back four zone guard.

To assist players with understanding the group state of the protection I

consider it the 'Swoosh' protection. As the back four safeguards shift left and right

across the field, the state of the protection unit seems as though the Nike "Swoosh"

logo. On the off chance that the players float flabby I can simply say "Swoosh" and right away

the players realize where to situate themselves. As the players feel good

with the framework they will remind each other to "Swoosh". Here are four essential

thoughts to know about when instructing the Swoosh protection.

  1. Swoosh Defense

The back four protective shape will keep the other group from having

'split away possibilities' by ensuring the far-side external protector and the

far-side focal protector shift and cover corner to corner behind the compelling

close side safeguards. It sounds muddled however it's in reality beautiful basic. The

safeguards shift slantingly to the situation of the ball.

With this right situating the 'Swoosh' safeguard is denying ball

infiltration, the risky assaulting players are stamped and the covering

safeguards will 'clear' any ball that gets played through. ufabet On the off chance that the ball is exchanged

to the furthest side of the field, the protecting four players will move the 'Swoosh'

as needs be. I have tracked down that youthful players can without much of a stretch recollect to 'Swoosh!'

more that 'Pressing factor, Cover, Balance'.

It is significant for players to recall that the askew cover shape

is the reason the group needn't bother with a sweeper. The most well-known protective slip-up

is for the group to stand absolutely 'level'. This is particularly normal at the half-field

line when the group with the ball has been keeping up belonging in the

adversary's half of the field. Which clarifies why groups that are learning the

Swoosh safeguard will for the most part surrender their objectives from half-field breakaways.

On the off potential for success that the safeguards have level at half field, any ball played behind the

guard will bring about a breakaway race without anybody to stop an objective yet the


  1. Denoting A Man In Your Zone

Notwithstanding the Swoosh shape, the four protectors need to turn into

mindful of the assaulting major part in their space of duty. Youthful players

regularly center the entirety of their consideration around the ball. This negative quirk is called 'ball

watching'. Youthful players will frequently ball watch until the ball draws close to them

what's more, really at that time will they attempt to get it. However, getting the ball is just essential for the work

of protecting. The Swoosh guard necessitates that players be in a decent protective

position while denoting the adversary 'objective side and ball-side'.

At the point when protectors 'ball-watch', adversaries will move into plain

positions. The fundamental principle for protectors is to stamp the most perilous part in

your zone and stay ball-side and objective side of them.

The break-aways against the Swoosh guard as a rule happen when a

protector is "got level " and doesn't respond to the open rival in their zone

until it's past the point of no return. On the off chance that a protectors holds up until after the pass is played forward to

move towards the imprint in their zone then there is regularly a foot rush to the objective.

90% of good protection is situating away from the ball.

(Note: Another explanation I utilize the "Swoosh" term is to on the grounds that youthful players will

frequently stay "level" if the guard is known as a "level back four".)

Ball observing

is quite ordinary conduct for youthful soccer players, be that as it may, a safeguard is a

vital position and that player should be ready and adult enough to

not ball watch. Figuring out how to stamp accurately is an ability that will accompany

obligation to learning.

  1. Line Of Restraint And Compactness During Transition

The essential rule of good protecting is to make 'smallness'. I

urge the protection to make conservativeness when we change to offense or

at the point when the rival passes the ball in reverse. We do this on the grounds that (a)

compacting the space that the other group needs to work with makes pressure

also, (b) we can get them off-sides. I don't empower a modern off-

sides trap underneath U14, however climbing the field to make smallness will get

uninformed advances off-sides.

On the off chance that we are delayed in our own change to offense (for instance, after we

just cleared the ball from the guarded third) and our protectors simply stay profound

in our own half then we are giving the other group heaps of space to move the ball

back towards our objective. The overall guideline I mentor is if the ball goes up the field 5

yards then we move the protection up 5 yards - 20 yards up the field implies we

move 20 yards up the field. This is valid until we cross half field. At half field,

the back four stage a couple of yards into the adversaries half of the field.

In the event that our safeguard stays back in our own portion of the field, there is less

pressure and with less pressing factor the other group will spend the game in our half.

I trust it is a superior plan to attempt to safeguard the half line than your objective.

The way to effectively compacting the space is that the entirety of the

protectors should climb together. In the event that only one protector remains back, the

other group will abuse that. The line of safeguards climbing the field is called

our 'Line of Restraint'. We will probably have our 'Line of Restraint' close to

35 yards from our advances until our safeguards arrive at the half line.

Once more, an optional reward of compacting the space during change is

that the other group is frequently off-sides on the grounds that their advances are gotten

remaining around after the ball has been cleared.

  1. Off-Sides And Referees

A typical concern when playing the Swoosh safeguard is that refs

can commit errors with the off0sides call and the other group will have simple

break-aways. To the extent the arbitrators missing offsides calls, all things considered, that is the

nature of the game. The key is to control the controllables. As mentors, we

can't handle the arbitrator's choices yet we can handle the group's capacity to

have great situating and checking. Moreover, if a group plays great safeguard

what's more, scores objectives then they won't be in a place that will permit the arbitrator to

decide the result of the game.

In rundown, on the off chance that we mentor to have protectors smaller experiencing significant change, get

in our appropriate 'Swoosh' shape, and imprint their rival objective side and ball-

side, at that point I am certain that the level back four zone guard can be effective

indeed, even with youthful groups.

Presently that my present U11 group is OK with the

Swoosh protection, we have moved onto the job of the assaulting outside

safeguard and their capacity to push ahead to join the assault.

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