A pressing trigger is the action that jolts the defending team into action.
Backwards Pass and/or Poor Touch
A backwards pass can provide a team with a good opportunity to apply pressure, we are looking to leverage 2 things when putting the pressure on:
Facing Backwards – no pitch vision
When a player receives with their back to goal they are not aware of their circumstances:
…multiple touches are always required before they are able to proceed – so the right pressure quickly forces them to play even more backward.
All of these mean they are vulnerable to being pressed from one, or multiple angles.
Pressing Triggers – Square Pass / Slow Play
A square pass or a slow play can be a great opportunity to press.
A receiving player’s pitch location is a really important trigger for a player to engage.
Weak side or Other Triggers
Other pressing triggers can include:
Other options are
…anything that requires further touches before the player is able to progress the ball.