In this World Cup we have witnessed a big tactical trend emerge: the abandonment of the back four as dogma. While only one team at the 2010 World Cup played without a back four, several teams used a different style of defense this time around.
The buzzword in tactics in the Bundesliga last season was probably gegenpressing (counter pressing).
This article describes three ways to build a pressing trap when transitioning from a 4-1-4-1-defensive formation into the press.
The two main types of defense used in soccer are man-marking and zonal marking. In this article we will explain the different types of zonal marking and their advantages and disadvantages.