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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

pressing in midfield

Defending in midfield

in Defending, Tactics

Use this game to teach your players to be strong midfielders who can win the battles in midfield and get the ball into attackers, stopping the opposition in their tracks and hitting teams quickly on the break. MORE

Press to win the ball

Do it yourself

in Defending, Tactics

This session helps you coach players to understand that they have to stay close and not let opponents get free or they will give the game away. MORE

React in possession

in Email newsletters, Tactics

I coach my team to attack the opponent non-stop when they have the ball, when they lose it and when the opposition have it – defending is our first offensive action. What I try to get across in my coaching session is every player being an attacker and every player being a defender. MORE

Fast attacking

Pay back time

in Attacking, Tactics

Players learn to work the ball from the back four to the front players. It’s an excellent way to get players to be patient in the build up and to use the goalkeeper as an extra player to pass to and keep the ball. It shows how overloads work. MORE

Build from the back

Rites of passage

in Attacking, Tactics

If you want to score more goals, use this session to teach your players to build from the back and make penetrating passes through to the midfield MORE

Parallel lines

in Attacking, Tactics

Simple unopposed link up play is an ideal way to start your strike partners working together. Receive, look up, lay off, support. This is the way attackers should be behaving in the final third. MORE

We’re often caught out on the break. How can I get my team to repel counterattacks?

Change the angle of attack

in Attacking, Email newsletters, Tactics

Intelligence on the pitch isn’t something that comes naturally to all players. In attack intelligence means finding the best way to create space to score a goal – so if they anticipate where space is and link up play with good support the opposition will be put under severe pressure. MORE

Get the ball wide

Attack from wide areas

in Crossing, Tactics

When you have a fast player quick thinking is vital to giving them the ball in areas they can exploit. In this game a wide ball can create opportunities in midfield or to get players up the pitch to go 1v1 with the keeper. MORE

Heading technique

Win the first header

in Heading, Tactics

This game is all about winning the first header and directing it to your team-mate. If your players can get control of the ball in the air then it makes it easier to repel opponents and start an attack. MORE

Intercept the ball

Win the ball

in Defending, Tactics

This session is all about staying calm when under attack and reading the through ball. As this game progresses good tackling is needed as the danger changes. MORE

How to coach 4-3-3

in Email newsletters, Formations, Tactics

England destroyed Spain playing 4-3-3 in the Nations League earlier this month and with the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Leeds playing the formation it could be the dream formation for your team this season. MORE

Tactics and formations

Why tactics are essential for your team

in Tactics, Tips and advice

One of the most interesting parts of being a coach is getting a grip on the tactics that a team plays – one thing for sure is there are a million different ways to play the game. A coach needs to create a playing style for the team and also have a number of different styles up his sleeve should the tactics prove ineffective against the team they are playing. MORE

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


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