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Who pulls the strings?

When you construct your team often the missing player is the midfielder orchestrator; the one player who pulls the strings, who has great vision, who works between the lines and who can unlock the most stubborn of defences.

Someone who has the flexibility in their game to work in behind a striker or out on the flanks with equal potency. Here are two ways to unpick solid defences that stop your team scoring goals.

Penetrating passes in and around the penalty area are fantastic ways to get behind a defence. Four square provides plenty of opportunities to make clever passes and set up play around the goal area.

A great session for creating the team orchestrator is The key player which gives you the tools to coach a key player in your team to set up plays and unlock the opposition’s defence. Balls played into space beyond the defenders and into wide positions are encouraged, as are quick passing moves.

Make sure you check out our new launch – the Coaching Classroom.

The Coaching Classroom removes the constraints imposed by the time you have with your players giving you a wide range of ways to introduce and develop key principles of the game – without limiting the amount of time players spend with a ball at their feet.

And don’t forget that as a thank you for your support we have launched a new service called My Club for subscribers to Soccer Coach Weekly.

My Club lets you add assistant coaches and parent-helpers to your subscription, giving them access to the same extensive library of games and activities that you currently benefit from.

And the first episode of my new Touchline Tales podcast is now out which will focus on a season of coaching at a grassroots club covering the highs and lows that a coach faces all season.

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