Definition of strong side in US English:

strong side


  • (on sports teams with an odd number of players) the half of an offensive or defensive alignment that has one player more.

    • ‘Gruden is counting on Alexander to improve the team's speed and strength on the strong side.’
    • ‘If your teammate on the strong side loses their player, then you can slide over and stop their player from driving to the basket.’
    • ‘On the strong side, the defensive lineman must control his gap and not let the Nebraska blocker get to his body.’
    • ‘In the past, he was so good at pounding the strong side of the formation that defenses would have to overload to that side.’
    • ‘The team uses him to generate pressure from both sides, usually lining him up away from the offense's strong side.’