EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Tactics

Soccer tactics range from the way a player stands or moves, to the pace, style, positioning and movement of the entire team.

How those concepts are conveyed is a language of its own, which can be baffling to a new coach and even to some experienced ones.

The drills, games and activities in this section will help you build a team that can adapt to different playing styles.

You can use these sessions and advice to coach tactics to your players. How do you train them to cope with a team that presses high up the pitch? Or one that sits deep and invites pressure?

Tactics are a great way to create team togetherness and promote communication in all areas of the pitch

Quick tactic

Fast and furious

in Set pieces, Tactics

This quick free-kick is designed to catch opponents on the back foot. Without time to organise, they will be caught out not only by the speed of play but the switch of play. MORE

Playing out of defence

Foraging forwards

in Small Sided Games, Tactics

This sets up the coming together of two different tactics – it’s build up from the back versus the constant threat of the counterattack from balls played behind the defence. MORE

High pressing game

High press

in Small Sided Games, Tactics

This game is all about pressing high. It will help both individual roles and team movement when pressing opponents in their own half of the pitch, starting from their defensive third. MORE

Take the opposition by surprise

Surprise tactics

in Attacking, Tactics

Playing friendlies or early season cup games can pit your team against stronger opponents. This tactic can help your team to catch them unawares MORE

Runs in the final third

Blindside runs

in Attacking, Tactics

Use this training session to teach your players how to make blind side runs in the final third of the pitch – and as a result, increase your team’s goal scoring opportunities MORE

5 tips for defending the long ball

in Defending, Email newsletters, Tactics

The long ball over the top of the defence can be difficult to defend against in youth soccer, so I’ve put together five drills and activities to help you coach defending against teams that play long ball tactics… One of the best ways to stop long balls is to get strikers to press high up... MORE

Turn and play forward

Forward March

in Small Sided Games, Tactics

This drill helps players move to create passing angles to receive the ball. Players in possession try to make good decisions on whether to pass forward to the target player or keep possession by passing backwards/sideways to build the play again. MORE

Get defenders attacking

Free to attack

in Attacking, Tactics

Young central defenders are often slow in coming forward, but once they have played this game you won’t be able to stop them joining the attack. MORE

Passing and support play

Supporting runs

in Passing, Tactics

The best teams can pass and move at speed up the pitch in passing patterns that will reflect the style of play your team is using. Possession games like this are great for getting teams to pass and move up the pitch. MORE

Narrow pitch attack

in Attacking, Tactics

Working on a narrow pitch helps players to be more direct in their attacks – defenders also get a grasp of how important the central areas of the pitch are MORE

Sweeper Keeper

Cover plus

in Goalkeeping, Tactics

This fast and furious training game will give your goalkeeper plenty of chances to develop all of the skills needed to be a sweeper keeper. MORE

Attacking tactics

Attack like Liverpool

in Attacking, Tactics

Feeding strikers like Liverpool do with their amazing front three is the best way to get your team on the front foot and destroy the opposition before they have woken up. MORE

Open defences

Open the door in 1v1

in Attacking, Tactics

Win the 1v1s in this game and you’ll find space behind the opposition. It is one of the key things an attacking player needs to get into positions where they can hurt the opposition MORE

Work the back four

Work the back four

in Defending, Tactics

This is a defending tactics session in which we structure the back four against opposing attacks with different formations. It is an excellent session when preparing for matchday. MORE

Overloads to score

3v2 transitions

in Attacking, Tactics

The attacking team has an overload but can the defending team use their players to create their own overload and win the ball back so they can score? MORE


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