Cover shadow: football tactics explained

Declan Rice
Midfielders like Declan Rice need to use the cover shadow to win back the ball (Image credit: Getty Images)

There was a time in football where being caught between going for the ball or holding your ground was something of a cardinal sin. If you were man-marking – man mark.

If you need to close the ball down, do so. Tracking, marking and tackling was the cornerstone of good defending.

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Jack Lacey-Hatton
Freelance writer

Jack has worked as a sports reporter full-time since 2021. He previously worked as the Chief Women’s Football Writer at the Mirror, covering the England Women’s national team and the Women’s Super League. Jack has covered a number of major sporting events in recent years including the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup on the ground in Australia.