2 against 2
In soccer by "situational" and "simplified situation" it is intended to gather all of the movements, during the match or the training session, in which there is an active presence of one or more opponents that hinder and contrast players that possess the ball
During the match, players assist a continuous and fast change in the situations, for this reason they elaborate choices and strategies trying to reach the respective objective, either attacking or defensive
Each coach, by observing and analyzing will be able to take from the matches the "situations" that they might consider important to then work on them in a simplified way during the training session dictating principles and coherent behaviours under their own creed and philosophy.
One of the situations that players must learn to recognize during the match is a 2v2, which is a temporary collaboration with a teammate, either in attacking or defensive phase, with the aim of reaching an objective
2 against 2 represents a game situation in which players may experience the lecture of an "open move", and a "closed move". While defenders may experience pressing, marking and proper positioning to avoid passes to an empty space.
Open move: The player that possesses the ball has the chance to go to the goal and execute any move; in practice they is not being pressured by any opponent.
Closed move: The player that possesses the ball is put under pressure in a direct manner by the defender, who prevents him from moving on and from being able to play the ball forwards
Pressing: Behaviour of the defender that consists of getting as close as possible to the player that possesses in such a way that they prevents him from moving on
Marking: Behaviour of the defender without pressing the opponent, it consists of taking place behind the teammate to be ready for a possible intervention in case the teammate is surpassed by the rival
Pass to an empty space: Ball that passes between the defenders and allows a forward to arrive behind them
During the attacking phase the player that possesses the ball must improve the reading of the context and experience different developments to overcome the defensive opposite line:
- Wall pass
- Overlapping run
- Pass to an empty space
- Cross over
During the defensive phase the player do not have the ball must work on and improve the following behaviours:
- Alternate pressing and coverage
- Defense to the depth
- Defensive equilibrium
- Double the marking
In the proposed exercises players can become familiar with multiple situations and then get used to fastly read dangerous situations to afterwards choose the proper solution. In this context the coach can try to individually correct their players, transmitting their philosophy in an efficient manner.