Defensive Strategy

How do we know what defensive concepts to apply for a given situation? Here, we explore some tried and tested methods of making life difficult for the offence. Welcome to our guide to defensive strategy

If offensive strategy is based around making goals easy to score, then defensive strategy is all about making it difficult for an offence to score goals. For every tactic used by an offence to move the disc, there will be one or more counter-tactics available for a defensive coach to deploy.

In this section, we show some of the most commonly-used defensive strategies, as well as some less well-known, with links to drills so you can learn to throw them yourself.

The first step though, is Establishing Defensive Priorities.

Pride of New York using a mix of person defence, switching, poaching & zone to defend their own end zone

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