Recovery, like Pressure,
takes effort and desire. It does not just happen.
Getting beat does not
mean you are out of the play. It means you have to work hard to
hustle back or “recover.” That’s how the team gets between the ball and the
opposing goal, and how the team creates a numbers-up situation around the
There are four kinds of
recovery runs. They are designed to:
Apply pressure on the ball. Here you simply chase as
hard as can after the player with the ball, aiming to get it back.
Get goal-side of an opponent so you can mark him. Here
the aim is not an immediate tackle, but getting back between an opponent and
Get goal side of the ball to cover space behind
team-mates (becoming 2nd or 3rd defender (see below).
Like other goal-side runs, you aim for a specific spot on the field where
you can see trouble developing. In this case, you aim to get between an
opponent and the goal, even if he doesn’t have the ball right now.
Direct recovery. Track back more generally in line
aimed at the nearest of your own goal-posts
Everyone is expected to
make recovery runs all the time; only the strikers are not required to
come back as far as necessary to get back into the play.