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
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
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
Moments of transition and how players react to them are vital to having a successful team. Former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho thinks reactions to transitions are the most important part of the game. He coached his teams to react quickly to winning and losing the ball which led to them dominating games MORE
One of the great sights in soccer is watching a Brazilian centre-back storm out of defence into the opposition half with midfielders and attackers fanning out in front of them, creating chaos in the opposition defence. This session will get young players doing the same. MORE
This session gets young fullbacks to recognise opportunities to advance down the wing and cross the ball into the attackers, adding numbers and pressure in the final third of the pitch. MORE
This set is set up to improve general movement in players when they are in possession of the ball and attacking the opposition goal MORE
This is a great session for coaching cover individually and working as a unit and to get the player nearest the ball to hold up and force play away before it gets to a danger zone. Use this session to teach your players defensive covering. MORE
This activity will teach individual players to understand their roles in defensive pressing by applying the general pressing cues in a functional and geographically specific context MORE
Here we look at the 7v7 2-3-1 formation and how it fits in with the players you have in your team. MORE
Here we look at the 7v7 1-3-2 formation and how it fits in with the players you have in your team. A great attacking formation and one players will learn positional play from. MORE
It's the start of a new season for me and my team and over the next couple of weeks I will work with them on creating an identity in the way we play. Check out the sessions in today's newsletter. MORE
If you want your team to play possession football or a counterattacking style this activity will help. Teams play possession against counterattacking, showing players how to work in and defend against both styles. It is also good for reacting to the point of transition. MORE
A number 10 has to be comfortable with the ball at his feet and is able to beat his marker with a piece of individual skill. In addition to scoring himself or fashioning chances for team-mates, this kind of forward helps to keep possession of the ball by shielding it and dribbling it away from defenders. MORE