|Country:||United States of America|
|Rank:||Elite – 2 points|
Focus: Affecting the player's decision when pressure (and cover) are tight, and the player receiving the ball does not have time to turn and face the opposition.
Amount of Pressure: Two defenders - Pressure and Cover.
Type of Pressure: Tight. Unable to turn and face opposition. Pressure angles body appropriately, and "Cover" supports at a good distance.
Decisions looking to affect:
1. Ability to identify amount of pressure being applied to the ball, as the player receives it.
2. Choice to open up on the back foot - closer to the opponent, or receive the ball on the front foot to protect the ball and shield it away from the defender.
3. Recognition of the second defender. Is the second defender in a good spot to cover the first defender if I beat him/her? If so, do I have a supporting player I can pass the ball to?
4. Mentality after passing the ball. Can you quickly signal to your teammate for a Give and Go to get around the defender, or support their run and prepare yourself for the cross?
Hillsborough S.C. - ACT