Central defenders and supporting players have a vital role in stopping the opposition’s build up play. Players will work on the defending angle of approach to try and force the attacker away MORE
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
This session places an emphasis on midfield units staying compact and being hard to penetrate when out of possession. It identifies specific defensive roles for midfield players making them more compact and difficult to penentrate MORE
A fun game that will encourage your defenders to be calm on the ball and confident in their passing. Having a defender cool enough to keep calm under pressure is an asset. This activity will help stop your defenders from panicking. MORE
Use this session to help defenders to decide whether to hold up play or win the ball when outnumbered, often the attacker will have their head down looking at the ball – the defender can hold a goalside position so the attacker has to look up which is the best time to force a mistake MORE
Pivot players are big news. Do you play with one or two? Against weaker teams one is enough but against stronger teams you're better off with two. But how do you know at grassroots level what your team needs? Check this out MORE
One thing that will help you control the pace of games and give you a winning edge is to have an effective midfield. This useful session will help your players learn how to pass the ball through midfield on the move MORE
Everyone is asking for individual skills that their players can work on in the back garden while we are all in this lockdown. One thing no one thinks about is trying to get them to perfect their throw ins so they can throw short or long. MORE
Losing games at the death is something that happens ... often players lose concentration or just panic! They can accept losing as part of the game but when a win is in their grasp they don't know what to do. Try these sessions to help MORE
This game encourages teams to switch play and to create space away from the ball – it is a condition of the game that teams must switch before they can score a goal. MORE
Getting players to time their runs into the penalty area should be a key part of your attacking strategy when you are working with your team. If you are planning what you are going to do when you get back on the training pitch this should be in your plans. It catches opponents out –... MORE
The key rondos passes can be used in tactical play during matches to play between the lines with the key play splitting lines of defence to create goalscoring runs MORE
When it comes to winning the ball back attackers, who are mainly there to score goals, are as central to the plan as any defensive player on the pitch. It is their job to win the ball back as high up the pitch as possible, gaining possession in dangerous areas where the opposition are most vulnerable. MORE
The pros and cons of 9v9 formations... tactics for the 3-2-3 formation MORE
When teams are attacking late runs into the box from wing backs are very difficult to pick up. This session shows players how to run late and strike early. MORE
How often are you winning at half-time only to throw the game away because your players are not sure what to do? Should they go for another goal or shore up the defence? MORE
Long shots often create chaos in the penalty areas of youth teams opening up chances from rebounds and blocks. Fire your team ahead by going long against tough opposition and score from the rebound MORE
The winter break is nearly here... it's been a hectic few months of training and match play but now is the time to sit back and BREATHE! MORE
This session will help school your players in defending against the many difficult situations that arise from opponents launching long balls down the pitch. MORE
It is all well and good if you have a goalkeeper who is confident enough to clear counter attacks or long balls over the defence – but that is a rare quality in the youth game. You have to put in plans to stop this kind of attack. MORE
Every team has players who struggle with offsides - your team may not use the offside rule now but one day it is going to drive you all crazy, so here’s the lowdown on how to attack and defend using the offside rule. MORE
All players need to know how to beat the offside trap and how to stay onside, particularly forwards and midfielders. This session will help them learn how to do it. MORE
Sometimes it’s hard to explain the basics of the offside rule to children, so this training session helps them to learn by showing it to them in action. MORE
Often a lone striker will be pressing a three man defence which can be a frustrating job. Get your strikers to practice their pressing techniques against three defenders. MORE
Try using this training game to encourage your team to build up patiently until an opportunity for a lightning fast attack presents itself. Players learn to work the ball from the back four to the front players. MORE