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Match-Up Zone Defense

What is Match-Up Zone Defense?

A defensive strategy in which the defense starts in a zone formation but plays offensive players man-to-man whenever they enter the defensive player's area. When there is no one in the defensive player's area, he stays true to his zone.

Sporting Charts explains Match-Up Zone Defense

Former Temple University coach John Chaney was well known for his match-up zone defense. It is said that offenses had a difficult time deciphering his match-up zone defense because he effectively disguised it, and it conformed to the offensive formation his team was up against.

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