Close the ball/player/space (second defender)

  • Closing the ball/player/space is where you move towards the first defender
  • If you see the first defender is closing the ball, move towards them so you can support and cover behind/beside them
  • Try to be close enough where you can become the first defender if they are beaten, but not so close you may be beaten by a long touch

Why this is important

  • Closing the space gives your first defender support, which may allow them to try and win the ball with a tackle
  • It also reduces the space for their players to combine quickly with short passes

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