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Can someone explain the difference between counter pressing and having midfielders and forwards with the setting of player instructions (closing down + tackle hard)?  

Do they work the same? What if I have both settings on?  Do players press harder?

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1 hour ago, kayyuenchinup said:

Can someone explain the difference between counter pressing and having midfielders and forwards with the setting of player instructions (closing down + tackle hard)?  

Do they work the same? What if I have both settings on?  Do players press harder?

Counter pressing tells everyone to press after you have lost the ball which is a command only as a team instruction, the intensity at which the team presses is determined by pressing intensity (team instruction). If you see in a game that someone that is pressing is leaving too many gaps and you want them to protect a certain area then you change their pressing intensity (player instruction). Tackle hard: as a team instruction asks everyone to tackle hard, as an opposition instruction asks to specifically tackle said opponent, as a player instruction asks the player to tackle hard.

No they don't work the same counter pressing and asking a player to close down are two different thing however asking a player to close down more and counter press will make them press harder they can leave a lot of gaps which makes it easy to bypass for the opponent considering you have midfielders and forwards doing it. On top off that players will miss a lot of their tackles or make dangerous ones.

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Bang on from @De Nile there

They're two different things, Pressing (Individual, Team or OI) is just during normal play, Counter Press is when possession is turned over (Transition) 

Tackling doesn't come into it 

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