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3 female players run after the ball. The player in the front wears blue and is closest to the ball, behind her two players wear yellow.

Pressing session: preventing forward play

John Griffiths, FA national assistant coach, delivers a session on preventing forward play.

This session helps players to: 

  • understand the role of the first and second defender 
  • prevent forward play by defending early 
  • discover why control of speed and movement are key to 1v1 defending 
  • set traps to intercept forward passes 
  • use intelligent recovery runs.