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

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 inquired, “Mentor Hardy, for what reason are you instructing youth soccer groups

to play a level back four zone safeguard?” The insight being that a sweeper/

plug framework is a ‘more secure’ safeguard for more youthful groups. As a matter of first importance, any safeguard

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 present day 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 fantastic

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

created to play at their most noteworthy likely level and practically all more significant level

groups play a level four or three framework. Instructing a level back four safeguard 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 safeguard. A group might surrender

‘split away’ objectives for the time being, while they gain proficiency with the framework, however in the

since a long time ago run they will can unquestionably venture into an advanced guarded


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

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

also, scrimmages as a period for a group to become familiar with the player jobs and group shape

of a level back four zone protection.

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

consider it the ‘Swoosh’ safeguard. As the back four safeguards shift left and right แทงบอลUFA

across the field, the state of the guard unit seems as though the Nike “Swoosh”

logo. In the event that the players float rusty 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”. The following are four essential

thoughts to know about when instructing the Swoosh safeguard.

  1. Swoosh Defense

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

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

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

close side protectors. It sounds muddled however it’s in reality lovely straightforward. The

safeguards shift slantingly to the situation of the ball.

With this right situating the ‘Swoosh’ protection is denying ball

infiltration, the risky assaulting players are checked and the covering

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

to the furthest side of the field, the shielding four players will move the ‘Swoosh’

as needs be. I have observed that youthful players can undoubtedly recollect to ‘Swoosh!’

more that ‘Tension, Cover, Balance’.

Players should recollect that the corner to corner cover shape

is the reason the group needn’t bother with a sweeper. The most widely recognized guarded error

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 with ownership in the

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

Swoosh guard will generally surrender their objectives from half-field breakaways.

Assuming the protectors stand level at half field, any ball played behind the

protection will bring about a breakaway race without anybody to stop an objective however the


  1. Denoting A Man In Your Zone

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

mindful of the assaulting player in their space of liability. Youthful players

regularly center all of their consideration around the ball. This negative propensity is called ‘ball

watching’. Youthful players will regularly ball watch until the ball draws close to them

what’s more, really at that time will they attempt to get it. Be that as it may, getting the ball is just important for the work

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

position while denoting the rival ‘objective side and ball-side’.

At the point when safeguards ‘ball-watch’, adversaries will move into plain

positions. The essential principle for safeguards is to stamp the most risky player in

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

The break-aways against the Swoosh guard normally happen when a

protector is “got level ” and doesn’t respond to the open adversary in their zone

until it’s past the point of no return. In the event that a protectors delays 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 guard is situating away from the ball.

(Note: Another explanation I utilize the “Swoosh” term is to in light of the fact that youthful players will

regularly stay “level” if the safeguard is known as a “level back four”.)

Ball observing

is quite typical conduct for youthful soccer players, in any case, a safeguard is a

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

not ball watch. Figuring out how to check effectively is an expertise that will accompany

obligation to learning.

  1. Line Of Restraint And Compactness During Transition

The fundamental guideline of good shielding is to make ‘smallness’. I

urge the guard to make smallness when we progress to offense or

at the point when the rival passes the ball in reverse. We do this in light of the fact that (a)

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

furthermore, (b) we can get them off-sides. I don’t support a modern off-

sides trap beneath U14, yet climbing the field to make smallness will get

ignorant advances off-sides.

In case we are delayed in our own change to offense (for instance, after we

just cleaned the ball off of the guarded third) and our protectors simply stay profound

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

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

yards then we move the safeguard 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.

On the off chance that our protection stays back in our own portion of the field, there is less

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

I accept it is a superior plan to attempt to guard the half line than your objective.

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

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

other group will take advantage of 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 protectors arrive at the half line.

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

that the other group is regularly off-sides in light of the fact that their advances are gotten

waiting around after the ball has been cleared.

  1. Off-Sides And Referees

A typical concern when playing the Swoosh protection is that officials

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

break-aways. To the extent the officials missing offsides calls, indeed, 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. Besides, if a group plays great safeguard

furthermore, scores objectives then they won’t be in a place that will permit the official to

decide the result of the game.

In rundown, on the off chance that we mentor to have safeguards reduced on the move, get

in our legitimate ‘Swoosh’ shape, and imprint their rival objective side and ball-

side, then, at that point, I am sure that the level back four zone safeguard can be fruitful

indeed, even with youthful groups.



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