Hey guys. I'm the varsity coach at a pretty large school, and I am thinking about tactics for the coming season. The team has traditionally been middle of the road in terms of record and playing, with most seasons being around .500. Last year was my first year in charge, and along with the assistant coach, we really hammered home a different style for the team and it lead to great success. Most high school teams in our area tend to play long ball, and sure enough, our players were thinking of that when we started. We played a base 4-2-3-1 that morphed into 3-3-1-3 on offense and 4-4-1-1 on defense. In possession of the ball, we really emphasized patience and moving the ball around to open up the defense. We typically ended games with 15-20 shots, but didn't always find the back of the net as often as we should have found it. Our record was 14-4-1, and we made it to our section finals for the first time in school history (previously, they never won a playoff game). The run included beating the #4 team in the state 5-4 in PKs (after going 0-0). At the end of the season and into the playoffs, we incorporated an offsides trap since so many teams relied on the long ball. This was brutally effective - in the playoffs, we had some teams offsides over a dozen times, causing major frustration. The last two years, I've been researching and thinking about utilizing gegenpressing with the teams I coach. In the coming season, I have players that are extremely dedicated to being fit, and I'll be working with them essentially all summer in preparation for the season. We'll be doing major fitness activities and soccer tactics the entire time. The majority of the returning varsity players fit the mold for successful gegenpressing. The ones who don't either need to figure it out, or they won't play since it'll be a team tactic. That leads me to my question: does it make sense to incorporate both the gegenpressing and offsides trap? I feel like gegenpressing will force the early turnovers, while the offsides trap prevents a long ball escape. I have a forward that is extremely vocal and is being looked at by a few DI schools, and he has an incredible work rate. He would be a great catalyst for this. But I know that the offsides trap requires major organization, so I don't want the gegenpressing to expose the backline. Any thoughts on this would be much appreciated. Thanks!