CUSA Soccer

Game Model Video Clips

On this page we will see many video clips of teams playing in certain ways that fit exactly with CUSA's overriding philosophy and DNA.

Defending and Pressing from the Front

The next few video clips will show how teams defend in a 4-4-2 when the opposition has the ball in and around their own third of the pitch.

If we refer back to our CUSA Game Model, we can see that the Sub Principles nicely align with the action from the video clips.

Sub Principle: Deny central penetration, funnel the ball wide & reduce the useable field space.

  • Front two-
    • When the ball is played, the #9 & #10 funnel play in that direction and 'show the ball wide'.
    • The strong-side forward bends his run to show the ball wide and prevent it being switched or cut back inside.
    • The weak-side forward prevents the switch by doing his best to win the space from the GK, the weak-side CB and the #6.
    • If the ball is played backwards, and the Front Two think they can press over that distance or see some other pressing cue (bad touch, incorrect body shape etc.) then they press and try to take the line of confrontation higher up the field.
  • Midfield Four-
    • The strong-side Winger bends his run to show the Fullback down the line and prevent him cutting in field.
    • The midfield line compacts horizontally towards the strong-side with each of them taking responsibility for pressing & covering depending upon who the ball has been moved to.
    • The midfield four need not be straight but can be 'staggered' in order to provide depth which allows the midfield four to be able to deal with off the ball runs (track) and attackers placed on different lines of depth (press).
    • Typically, Wingers mark Fullbacks on the strong-side.
    • Once the line of Midfield Four has been ruptured, all players must work hard to find a reference and reset the line of Midfield Four.
    • The Midfield Four must instantly react if the Front Two try to take the line of confrontation higher up the field by bringing their line up also.
  • Back Four-
    • Strong-side Fullback pushes up and applies immediate pressure if it looks like the strong-side Winger might receive the ball.
    • The two Centrebacks shift and drop to be able to cover the run of the #9.
    • The weak-side Fullback tucks in to support the two Centrebacks.
Defending & Pressing from the Front
Playing out of the Back

The following clips will focus on how teams, with a similar stlye, philosophy and DNA to CUSA, play out of the back.

Take particular note of the player's depth underneath the ball which gives them the option (because of time and space) to pass backwards, switch play and bring the ball out the other side instead of forcing it forward and losing it.

Note also the width that Centrebacks maintain, even on the weak-side, so that they remain as a Free Man to beable to receive the ball if play is switched.

Playing out of the Back (Centerbacks maintaining their width)
Playing out of the Back (drawing in the press)
Playing out of the Back (offensive depth to drop the ball back with time and space)
Playing out of the Back (#6 dropping in to make a back 3)
High & Overlapping Fullbacks

The next few clips will focus on videos of teams that use their Fullbacks in a similar way to CUSA.

By this what we mean is that Fullbacks offer constant support to the ball as it is moved up the field.

They support the Centrebacks when trying to play out of the back, they support the midfield as the ball is brought over half way (level with and ahead of the ball) and then finally they provide penetration ahead of the ball in the attacking third.

High and Overlapping Fullbacks
High and Overlapping Fullbacks