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Negatives Of Too Many Defenders Going For The Ball

Just the same as there are a number of problems and negative outcomes that occur when too many attacking players converge on the ball the same is true when we see too many defenders going to try and win the ball back at the same time: Look at some of the reasons why we do not want multiple defenders going for the same ball: Click on the card to flip and see the expanded explanation

Lack of defensive shape

When multiple players on the defending team chase after the opponent with the ball, they can disrupt their own defensive structure and organization. This can create gaps and spaces for the attacking team to exploit, making it easier for them to advance the ball and create scoring opportunities.

If multiple players from the defending team rush to challenge the player with the ball, they may leave their own positions exposed. If the opposition can quickly move the ball to these open areas, the defending team will be vulnerable to counter-attacks and may struggle to recover defensively.

Vulnerability to counter-attacks

hasing the ball as a group can be physically and mentally draining for players. Over time, this can lead to fatigue, reduced focus, and a decline in individual and team performance.

Fatigue and exhaustion


When several players go after the ball simultaneously, it can result in confusion about who is responsible for marking the player in possession and who should be covering other attackers. This can lead to defensive lapses and breakdowns in teamwork.

If multiple defenders go to challenge the ball carrier, other opponents are often left open and under no pressure. This provides them with more time and space to receive the ball, make decisions, and execute their actions effectively, which can be detrimental to the team’s defensive efforts.


opponents open

If a defender does manage to win the ball, there are fewer open teammates to pass to due to the concentration of players in one area. This can slow down counter-attacking opportunities and make it harder for the team to transition effectively from defence to offence.

Reduces offensive transition

Hinders development

The nearest defender doesn’t get the chance to learn how to effectively handle one-on-one situations. These encounters are critical for developing the skills of anticipation, positioning, and tackling, which are essential for individual growth as a defender.

The game can become cluttered with players all occupying the same space, reducing the effectiveness of individual players and the team as a whole. This overcrowding makes it more challenging for players to demonstrate their skills, make effective decisions, and contribute positively to the game.

Loss of effective playing space

With multiple players targeting the ball carrier and leaving other attackers unmarked, the team is more susceptible to conceding goals. This not only hinders the team’s performance but can also negatively impact the confidence and morale of individual players and the team as a whole.

Risk of

conceding goals

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