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Dave Clarke

Dave Clarke is head coach and editor of Soccer Coach Weekly, providing thousands of subscribers worldwide with drills, insight and advice covering all aspects of coaching.

Sessions by Dave Clarke

Life lessons and soccer tactics

in Podcasts

In this podcast Dave Clarke talks to Billy Gazonas about his book that chronicles his time in college soccer with tales from Bruce Springsteen to Franz Beckenbauer and includes some valuable advice for coaches on teaching technique to players and using tactics to win games.  Most of all Billy highlights what players can do to improve their game working alone and the dedication it takes to become a champion. MORE

The last defender is also a playmaker

in Other

In these days of attack and counter attack there is a huge role for the last defender to sweep up when the team lose the ball and keep the attackers away from goal. The role can be to hold up play or to remove the danger by clearing the ball, but also in a forward looking team this player makes passes from deep like a playmaker. MORE

Breakout

in Attacking, Tactics

To make a success of counterattacking, players must be able to recognise the moment of transition between defence and attack quicker that the opposition. They should then move quickly to take advantage of it. MORE

Intelligent possession

in Email newsletters, Passing

Keeping possession of the ball is key to winning games – if you have it your opponents haven't got it. There are tactical musts that go hand in hand with a possession game. Being aware of where the ball is and where your teammates are is essential so get your players to have a picture in their head of what they’re going to do with the ball before it comes to them. MORE

Shoot on sight

in Attacking, Shooting

Shooting chances may only be there for a split second and young players miss the opportunity while moving the ball from one foot to the other or by passing when a shot would be the best option. MORE

Tactics to play with two strikers

in Email newsletters, Tactics

Over the next few weeks I plan to work on box-to-box passing moves – counter-attacking play that involves passing and receiving between the lines, well-timed movements and crossover runs, and the exploitation of space behind the opposition’s back line. MORE

Beat the block

in Attacking, Passing

Crowded penalty areas can allow attackers to disguise their shooting by shielding themselves from the keeper behind defenders. Can your attackers beat the blocking defenders and not hit their own players? MORE

Increase the tempo at the end of matches

in Email newsletters, Tactics

One of the things I have done a lot of work on this season is getting my team to play right to the very end of matches. Not only that, whether we are losing or not in the last 10 minutes as a collective we up our game and try to score a goal. It helps us end on a positive note. MORE

Can you use zonal marking at grassroots level?

in Email newsletters, Tactics

Simple answer is “Yes”, particularly if your players regularly struggle to hang on to the attackers they are marking, or if they fail to organise themselves each time they face a corner or free kick. Given a set position, your players will grasp what they have to do and respond well to their part of the defensive responsibility. MORE

5 ways to shoot at goal

in Email newsletters, Shooting

These are five of my go to sessions when I want to coach shooting or to give my players a good workout using both feet to put the ball in the net... it's also the thing they love to do at training better than anything. MORE

Press or protect

in Defending, Rondos

Play this like a Rondo where if you split the defenders and hit the cone keeping possession of the ball. The pressing team must try to win the ball and prevent the possession team hitting the cone. MORE

Attacking wingbacks

in Attacking, Tactics

Use this session if you want to see exciting attacking wingbacks who can either cross a ball or cut inside and shoot. Players can make use of 2v1 situations to attack or fool the defenders with a skill. Crosses into the box are also an option in this game. MORE

How to coach a midfielder in tactics and techniques

in Attacking, Email newsletters

An attacking midfielder sets up so many goalscoring chances that it cannot be ignored in your coaching sessions. Once the midfielder wins the ball there are a number of important things to do that go through a players mind in a split second. Can I secure the ball? Can I pass into the striker? Can I play the ball wide and find space? ..... So how do you coach it? MORE

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