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Principles of defence


In sequential order the Principles of Defence are:

  • go forward
  • with the support of teammates
  • to apply pressure
  • and regain possession
  • to attack

Communication and Effective Tackling are Essential Components of Defence


  1. Go Forward
    • Reduces the opposition's time and space and therefore the options available.
  2. Support

    In any given situation every player must understand and communicate their role within the team's defensive pattern.

  3. Pressure

    Pressure occurs when a team goes forward with support making effective tackles.

  4. Regain Possession

    Regain possession by:

    • making effective tackles;
    • support players to regather ball or tie up ball off the ground.
  5. Attack to Score