Developing a Team Pressing Philosophy

by Texas High School Coaches Association
Developing a Team Pressing Philosophy


Pressing can be defined as creating tension with the intention of getting the ball back. This is sometimes confused with pressure, which is the tension itself. Pressing is the application of the pressure with a specific intent. Every movement on the pitch creates some sort of pressure or tension somewhere on the field. Without any pressure or tension the opponent could walk straight upfield and shoot on goal every time.

So, what distinguishes pressing from a defense that doesn’t press? Intent. When pressing, a team is actively trying to win the ball back through pressuring the opponent and by moving out of or within its formation. When a team isn’t attempting to win the ball back, but to contain the opponent’s offense – then that team’s intention is to defend the goal by stopping the opponent from creating chances without taking the ball from them.

Here, Coach Buentello goes more in depth in learning a team pressing philosophy.


The Coach


Texas High School Coaches Association



Benjamin Buentello | South Grand Prarie HS

Ben Buentello received his BBA in Management from Texas A&M University and is now the men's varsity head coach at South Grand Prarie High School for soccer. Coach Buentello served as the varsity boys soccer coach at Azle High School for three seasons. He also helped with the junior varsity girls team at his alma mater, South Grand Prairie High School prior to becoming a head coach.

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