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Poland 2018: Permanently unnerving and pressuring the attack – Korea’s active 3-3 defence

By Dietrich Späte (IHF CCM)

Active 3-3 defence as basic defence formation

All Korean teams almost traditionally use an active, anticipative 3-3 defence with the aim of

  • permanently pressuring the attack to act,
  • disrupting the timing of attacking actions or even stopping the attacking play completely, or
  • provoking mistakes from the attackers (technical faults, unprepared attempts at goal, etc.).

However, there is a clear difference to the European teams, which also use such active defensive playing styles. Like no other team in this tournament, Korea try to attack passing routes and intercept passes as actively and directly as possible to start their extremely fast counter attacks. So far in the tournament, Korea have exceptionally often managed to directly win the ball!

Compared to past playing styles, today’s Korean teams are also capable of tactically varying their defensive playing styles. Depending on the opponent and game strategy, they are able to play much more defensively.

The following video examples illustrate these tactical defence concepts aimed to directly win the ball:

{60383367-96a0-4fce-b8df-883b26e24cef,Video 1: MNE-KOR - Preliminary Round}

{3ec1370b-b530-4a1d-896b-6ec1bf691c4a,Video 2: MNE-KOR - Preliminary Round}

{a3324364-2bfb-4358-8cee-d4c1b8256acf,Video 3: ESP-KOR - Preliminary Round}

{3c6f6081-9b72-43ad-b552-81a4645c832f,Video 4: ESP-KOR - Preliminary Round}

{5869c9ad-f8c3-49f5-8389-de82d0f96388,Video 5: ESP-KOR - Preliminary Round}