indicates the defenders who are designated areas to mark, the defenders markings are shown as a grid area, it becomes a visual effect within the defender’s mindset, theory wise they could be marking an empty space. Any opposition players which come into their grid mindset zone, they will defend against, players outside of their grid will cause no movement from the defenders, they will remain in position so in relation, a forward could remain unmarked.
indicates the forwards and the team’s attacking play, on the corner kick set piece, possible free movement by the forwards would be of danger due to the state position of the defenders remain in, a free header could lead to a goal. The attackers as illustrated, come midfield players positioned withing the penalty area markings can attack the spaces either side of the zonal marking as arrowed. The pace of the forwarders with a strong stride pattern can gather momentum into their jump for a header on goal, this makes defending very difficult with the defence trying to pick up the runners. Managers are spot on the use of zonal marking on most occasions. The statman regards zonal marking as more successful than man marking, the Manero questions that stats the term used in many quarters is robotic defending, perhaps the code is R2-D2.
The zoned out wife of a football manager was quoted “I want a divorce. You are football crazy.” The manager replied “You cannot divorce me, we have been together for ten seasons.”